Our platform enhances learning and increases confidence for patients and providers, and enables personalized care delivery through their entire kidney disease journey.
For decades, patients, providers, and care teams have struggled to find reliable resources and answers to health questions. Ikona is fixing this, starting with kidney disease.
Experience the go-to education platform to enhance patient health literacy and confidence, and to understand the role of effective learning in meeting care needs and goals.
A nod to our co-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.
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.
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How information is presented to you can have a big impact on whether you remember it— and in your ability to use that information later on.Read More
In this report we focus on the use of immersive technologies, like virtual reality, as a complement to traditional kidney care education and training approaches.Read More