We make learning simple, effective and accessible for every patient.
IKONA helps you to understand your health and treatment options in ways you didn't think possible. Understanding our health is a barrier for too many of us. It's time your individual needs and goals played a central role in how you learn about your health and live your life.
IKONA selected to participate in 2021 Artificial Intelligence Tech Sprint with US Department of Veterans Affairs
1 in 3 US adults is at risk of developing kidney disease.
It's time people had a reliable way to access, understand, and use vital information about their health that makes a difference in their lives.
IKONA makes it possible.
OUR FOUNDING STORY
A nod to our founders' Greek roots, ikona represents our vision for a future we aim to build together. We started this company to help patients face uncertainty. As a VA patient and two surgeons, our founders met from two sides of a shared struggle. Today, our multidisciplinary team of scientists, clinicians, educators and engineers are rethinking kidney education using a combination of learning science, storytelling and immersive technology.
BUILT BY PATIENTS
Tim Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer
Tim spent his last eighteen months in the US Navy as a patient. After several surgeries, hundreds of wound care treatments and far too many months spent in isolation, he experienced hopelessness firsthand. The challenges he faced in understanding his treatment plan and what he could do to take back control of his life are felt by countless other patients and families on a daily basis. Tim's journey through uncertainty is what he now draws upon to lead IKONA toward fulfilling its mission and transforming how patients learn.
WHO WE ARE
Chief Executive Officer
Todd Maddox, PhD
Chief Learning Scientist
Jen St. Clair Russell, PhD, MSEd
Advisor, Education Programs and Research
Chris Chmieliewski, NP
Nephrology Nurse Practitioner
Hillary Bekelis, AGAC-NP
Caroline Webb, RN, BSN, CNN
Steve Winfree, MS
Our team's research spans disciplines and decades.
Maddox, T., & Fitzpatrick, T. (2019). The promise of virtual reality in healthcare education and training: It’s all in the neuroscience. Digital Medicine, 5(4), 133-137.
Nephrology Nurse Journal
Maddox, T., Fitzpatrick, T., & Chmielewski, C (under review). Using learning science to optimize chronic kidney disease education for patients and providers. Nephrology Nurse Journal.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Ashby, F.G., & Maddox, W.T. (2011). Human category learning 2.0. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1224, 147-161. NIHMSID# 249970.
Sainz-Fuertes, R., et al, Fitzpatrick, T., & Maddox, T (accepted). COVID-19 and mental health: A review and the role of telehealth and virtual reality. Digital Medicine.
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Nephrology Nursing Journal
St. Clair Russell, J., Southerland, S., Huff, E.D., Thomson, M., Meyer, K.B., & Lynch, J. (2017). A peer-to-peer mentoring program for in-center hemodialysis: A patient-centered quality improvement program. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 44 (6), 481-489, 496.
Seminars in Dialysis
St. Clair Russell, Jennifer & Boulware, L.. (2018). End-stage renal disease treatment options education: What matters most to patients and families. Seminars in Dialysis. 31. 10.1111/sdi.12665.
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TEAM OF ADVISORS
Scientific Advisory Board
Our scientific advisors serve a key role in our ability to stay at the forefront of innovation in kidney care.