Originally published at https://www.koco.com on April 25, 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY — With hospitals facing a shortage of medical supplies because of the coronavirus pandemic, a local company is stepping in by creating an app to help health care workers save personal protective equipment.
CEO Marcus Robinson and those at Monscierge have developed a video-chat app to not only help health care workers save PPE by allowing them to monitor patients without being in direct contact, but to also make patients feel more connected with those treating them.
"Oftentimes, when the nurses are needing to wear a mask or PPE equipment ... they're not necessarily able to connect in the same way they typically have," Robinson said. "So, that was something that was important for us."
The app allows doctors and nurses to see and chat with patients using iPads with the click of a button.
"We signed up our first user on Thursday, and we have a number of hospitals in Oklahoma that we're speaking with, as well as across the nation," Robinson said.
Monscierge is thankful to be part of an effort to help those on the front lines, who are risking their lives for others.
"It's awesome to see my team come together, work around the clock putting this offering together and see how much they want to help health care providers who are out there doing an amazing job," Robinson said.
The company hopes the app will help in long-term care facilities, as well.
"A lot of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown that happened was to protect the elderly and most vulnerable," Robinson said, "and I think it's important to take solutions like this that can potentially help save those lives."