Iris

Your modern day emergency alert

#4 Product of the DayAugust 29, 2017

Through hospital detection, Iris informs loved ones and connects medical professionals with your health data in critical moments when you physically or mentally can't.

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Reviews

 +11 reviews
  • Pros: 

    looks promising once it's available in more areas

    Cons: 

    signup flow needs work. there is no integration with lastpass/1pass and I can't paste into the password box. app crashes on pw change

    looking forward to trying this once some bugs are ironed out and it's available in more areas

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Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
Today, the team and I are so excited to kickstart the public beta of Iris—your modern day emergency alert platform. Through hospital detection, Iris connects you with your loved ones, and your health data with medical professionals in the critical moment when you need it most—especially when you are mentally or physically unable to provide it yourself. How Iris works: -Detects you’re in a hospital, and after 10 minutes reaches out to see if you’re okay via push notification -If you’re not okay and Iris doesn’t hear back, your emergency contacts will be notified by text message -Provides medical professionals with your important medical information through your personal health card right on your iPhone screen. This includes your name, health status, spoken language, daily medications, and more! Iris is in every way a companion to you, your health insurance, and your loved ones. Its goal is to be like any good friend—there when you need it most and whose existence alone is comforting. We’re currently in public beta in Manhattan and Berlin, but we’re quickly rolling out to other cities. Sign up, check it out, and let us know what you think! Myself and the rest of the team will be here answering any questions you may have about how Iris was born, how it works, and where we’re headed. If we're not in your city yet, sign up to be notified when we launch there! <3 Cat
Eamon Leonard@eamonleonard
@imcatnoone Congratulations! What's been the biggest challenge in building Iris? Any plans for 🇮🇪 support?
eamonncarey@eamonncarey · MD @ Techstars Connection
@imcatnoone Congrats! Where did the original idea for the product come from?
Nick Clement@nickclement · Creative Director, Product Designer
@imcatnoone really smart. Localisation for language will be amazing. Especially if English isn't your first language or vice versa if traveling abroad. Best of luck!
Michael Fouquet@_fookay · Design Team Lead, Hudl
@imcatnoone What a brilliant app! This is fantastic. Great work.
Willie Morris@morewillie · Formerly Amazon, Boeing, and Faithbox
@imcatnoone Congrats! Nice to see something for the greater good :)
Mike Mignano@mignano · co-founder, @anchor
@imcatnoone Congrats on the launch!
Ben Jackson@benjaminjackson · Advisor, For the Win
@imcatnoone Congrats! Been curious to see where this ended up. Excited for you.
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@eamonncarey Eamon, thank you!! Great question. And one that I'm honestly relieved to tell because it was I who could've very easily ended up in the situation where I needed Iris. It was the result of a question I posed for Benedikt Lehnert as we were driving back to Berlin from his parent’s home in Southwest Germany. We were driving and I questioned what would happen if we got into a car accident, were unconscious, and taken to the hospitaI. I turned to him and said: "You do realize if we get into a car accident and we're both unconscious, I'm fucked, right?" LOL. #iscursingallowedhere #beinghonest ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I was a foreigner in a country where no one could identify me as American beyond my passport, and that I probably speak English and could more than likely assume I’m relatively healthy–all of this on a critical timeframe. And who makes medical decisions for me when I can’t? Who could tell the doctors that I’m actually allergic to a specific medication they’re considering giving to me? Goodness, who tells my family that I may not live long enough for them to get there before I’m gone? From there I knew and felt in my bones that something like this needed to exist. Once I did my research and spoke with not only people around the world, but medical professionals who begged me to create the product along with people that looked at us in disbelief about why we'd 'spend our time creating something like this', I knew we were onto something.
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@nickclement Absolutely. Travelers / X-Pats are one of the groups we want to target at one point. So this is key!
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@eamonleonard Thank you, Eamon! <3 If I HAD to pick, I'd have to say the geolocation, stability and trust building. Yes, that is 3, but they go hand-in-hand. We ended up rebuilding and redesigning the entire app which is what delayed our launch much longer than we anticipated. We ran into a major issue with popular geofence technology that was preventing us from performing accurate check-ins for people, resulting in false positive check-ins. Obviously this is the complete opposite of what we wanted and you need as someone using the app. We didn’t want it to reach a point where we compromise our two core priorities: Trust (with our user’s experience) and Stability (with our technology). However, we were lucky to partner up with Radar [www.onradar.com] for our geofence technology who are doing something nobody else out there is right now. Super talented, kind and helpful team. So from a company/market standpoint it was a challenge to hold back and not launch, scrap everything we worked hard on and start from scratch. But at the end of the day, Iris's goal is to be a companion to you, and if we can't start the relationship off on the best note possible, the rest is history. We want to support the world, honestly. So yes, we DEFINITELY have plans to come to Ireland. Sooner than later if we see Ireland is loving us! ;) Considering I'm Irish, it would break my heart if it were anything other than that <3 And one thing we're aiming for is understanding how Iris can support those in cities with poor infrastructure.
Eamon Leonard@eamonleonard
@imcatnoone so Ireland has poor infrastructure? Ok got it. 🙊
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@eamonleonard LOL NOOO! First off, I know you're busting my chops right now! Second, that's not what I was sayingggg. I swapped the sentence structure. CHECK! :face palm:
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@benjaminjackson Thanks, Ben!
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@mignano Thank you, Mike!
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@morewillie haha I appreciate that, Willie! :D
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@_fookay Thank you tons, Michael! <3
David Ryan@davedri · Founded Corilla. Red Hat & NUMA alumnus.
@imcatnoone you're unstoppable! Congrats to you and the team for the release or Iris, it looks great. Locational sensitivity and relevant medical detail data discovery/display is one of the "just makes sense" things. Can't wait to see how this grows.
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@davedri David! Thank you <3
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
@imcatnoone Congrats on a great launch Cat! Great concept, and really seems so important and relevant right now, given the major hurricanes and things we've had going on recently. There's never any real price you can put on safety or peace of mind, and Iris seems to hit multiple targets at once, both physical and psychological, as well as informational. Can't wait to see how Iris expands and continues to help people in the future.
Agis Tsaraboulidis
Maker
@agisilaostsaras · iOS Engineer, Iris
Hello everyone, I'm the 1/2 of our engineering team & CTO of Iris & I'm so excited to kickstart the public beta of Iris. The last couple of months we worked on a redesign of the app/ we built the app from the groundup so it can be more accurate in terms of location using Radar [www.onradar.com]. Like Cat explained we need to be there for you & your loved ones when you're unable to do so. We’re currently in public beta in Manhattan and Berlin, but we’re quickly rolling out to other cities. Sign up, check it out, and let us know what you think! It has been an incredible ride so far & can't wait to see what the future will bring to us. Don't hesitate to send us feedback or any question that you may have. <3 Agis
Nandini Jammi@nandoodles · Growth @ ProdPad
Hey Cat, this looks absolutely great. Keep up the excellent work!
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@nandoodles Nandini, thank you!
Abraham Navas@abrahamnavas · Product & Service Designer
Such a great service!! Congratulations Cat 👏👏👏. Just wondering, to the app works fine, is it needed it is checking location all time in order to know where you are (in order to trigger a notification if it detects you are in a hospital)? Just a little concerned about privacy and battery life 🔋📡
Jakob Stecher
Maker
@jakobstecher · Designer
@abrahamnavas we're using Geofences to trigger those notifications, so you won't have to worry about battery life too much!
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@abrahamnavas Thank you, Abraham! Our lovely engineers could probably give you a much more slick technical answer but I'll do my best ;) So Iris actually doesn't continually track every location/step you take. We only take notice to your location when there's a cell tower change. This allows us to scan the area for hospitals and log it, enabling us to accurately detect you there in the event of an emergency. And then reach out to initially ask if you're okay (this starts the funnel). Privacy and battery were big ones for us. As someone who never has battery by default (ask @bentossel) I couldn't afford to lose any more :) What's more, privacy is big for us—from the way we built the product to the information we have on our servers. We're not just working with info like your favorite movies and what not. We're cognizant of the data we have and we as a team are working hard to be as transparent as possible so it's clear your privacy is top priority for us. Let me know if that answers the question for you or not. Happy to further explain! And thank you again.
Abraham Navas@abrahamnavas · Product & Service Designer
@imcatnoone Crystal clear, Cat. 💎 Thank you very much for all those details. 👏
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@abrahamnavas Perfect! :) No thanks needed!
Alex@alexmuench · Designer @twistappteam @todoist
Congratulations to the whole team, Cat! I like the philosophy and the design looks great! I'd love to read more about the research and design process. I'd gladly give more feedback when Iris rolls out to my city. Good luck!
Cat Noone
Maker
@imcatnoone · Founder & CEO, Iris
@alexmuench Hey Alex! Thanks so much. We're starting to compile a list of topics worth discussing about what you just mentioned. Anything in particular you want to know about? What city are you in? :)
Agis Tsaraboulidis
Maker
@agisilaostsaras · iOS Engineer, Iris
@alexmuench Thank you sooo much Alex, indeed we're planning to write about our design/ engineering process/ some of the challenges that we had to overcome.
Alex@alexmuench · Designer @twistappteam @todoist
@imcatnoone I'm in Nuremberg, Germany. I'd love to know more about things like typography, layout choices, how you think you achieved to design an app for such a big and diverse target group. Did you do any particular testing regarding onboarding etc. Thanks :)