RippleNami Produces Map of Need for United Kingdom’s Veterans: Map Eases Access to Services for 5 Million United Kingdom’s Veterans and Family Members

NEWCASTLE, England—September 5, 2017RippleNami, Inc., provider of a blockchain, map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud, proudly announced today that, together with Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, it has been selected by the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Ministry of Defence’s Covenant Fund to produce a comprehensive map of health and social care needs for its nearly three million veterans located throughout the U.K. RippleNami will work with Northumbria University’s Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families to deliver an interactive map bearing up-to-date strategic information that will aid in planning and resource allocation, while connecting veterans and their families with critical resources.

Veterans transitioning from service to those at the end of their life face the daunting challenge of locating and accessing the services and resources they and their families need to thrive. This includes locations of hospitals, substance abuse clinics, education centers, financial assistance, employment assistance, housing and shelters – all of the services that veterans and their families desperately need and deserve. Likewise, charitable organizations serving veterans do not have visibility into their veteran population in terms of the type and location of services most needed.

“We are delighted to work with RippleNami on this U.K. first. They have a strong track record in the field and are confident that this project will be a huge benefit to veterans and also to those who commission and provide services for them by providing a comprehensive map of all available veterans’ services throughout the U.K., as well as an accurate picture of the ongoing health and social care needs of our veteran population,” said Dr. Matt Kiernan, Associate Professor of Mental Health and Veteran Studies at Northumbria University and a former Lieutenant Commander in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service “This vital information will enable us to better assess and understand their needs so we can ensure services are being delivered.”

What is most unique about the cloud-based technology is its ability to capture data as a by-product of a user looking for help. As a user interacts with and searches for help on the map, the application records every click by the user providing an accurate record of what services each user is looking for, with the coordinates of where they are looking. The cumulative data produced by users, once analyzed, will deliver up-to-date strategic information to the Ministry of Defence’s Covenant Fund Team.

“RippleNami is committed to connecting unconnected veterans with critical services they deserve and need to thrive. We are honored to support Northumbria University to further their initiative of ensuring veterans and their families gain access to the resources they need,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, RippleNami President and Chief Executive Officer. “To further this effort, we have opened an office in Newcastle, England to continue our mission of improving the world through social good.”

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations. The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About Northumbria University

The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research is a research centre that has established strong collaboration between academics, service providers and service users with an interest in improving the health and social wellbeing of veterans and their families across the life span.  The hub has been developed by Dr. Matthew Kiernan and Dr. Mick Hill and has attained a credible track record in successful collaboration with state and third-sector providers invested in the health and wellbeing of military veterans and their families. The Northern Hub currently holds two substantial research grants from the Covenant Fund and the Royal British Legion (RBL). The covenant funded aged veterans’ limbless study is currently six months ahead of schedule and we will complete the RBL study in May of this year. Both of these studies will have the potential for significant impact on the health and social care of veterans. As noted above, the Northern Hub exists as part of Northumbria University, and as such is subject the wider university governance process.  For more information about Northumbria University, visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/business-services/engage-with-us/the-northern-hub-for-military-veterans-and-families-research.

About Covenant Fund

The Covenant Fund was established to support the armed forces community with a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. The Covenant Fund focuses on families in stress and strengthening local government delivery of the covenant to support the forces through services, policy and projects.  For more information about the Covenant Fund, visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/covenant-fund#background-information.

The Northern Echo: New app could ease forces' veterans access to health and social care

An app designed to help three million ex-servicemen and women is being developed by a former Royal Navy lieutenant commander from North Yorkshire.

Dr Matt Kiernan said the app aims to make information about health and social care services available to veterans in an easy to understand form.

It is being backed by Richmond MP Rishi Sunak who is seeking a meeting with Defence Minister Mark Lancaster to gain Government support for the project.

Dr Kiernan, of Hudswell, near Richmond, retired from the Royal Navy early on health grounds and is now a senior lecturer at the Northern Hub for Military Veterans and Families’ Research at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

Called the National Veteran Information Services Network – N-VISionN for short – the app would be free to ex-servicemen and women.

Dr Kiernan said: “The idea behind the app is to bring all the services available together in one place, to provide one simple to use point of contact. There is a great deal of help available, for example to deal with alcohol and substance misuse, but it is not always easy to access it.”

The app has been developed with the help of a company based in San Diego, California – rippleNami – which specialises in presenting information in a highly visual way using maps.

http://m.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14469823.New_app_could_ease_forces__veterans_access_to_health_and_social_care/

RippleNami to Provide Mapping Services for NHS

RIPPLENAMI, INC. ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT WITH NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY TO PROVIDE MAPPING SERVICES FOR NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE – VETERAN SERVICES

Company Selected as Premiere Mapping Platform across United Kingdom

SAN DIEGO, Calif.  …  March 22, 2016  …  RippleNami, Inc., a provider of a map-based data visualization platform accessed via the cloud, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Northumbria University’s Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families’ Research to provide a premiere mapping platform for United Kingdom-based National Health Service (NHS) – Veteran Services.  The NHS Veteran Services Commissioning Team facilitates healthcare and support services to 2.8 million veterans across the UK.

Working within the framework of the National Veteran’s Information Services and Network (N-VISioN), the entity created to facilitate this effort, the involved parties will utilize RippleNami’s proprietary mobile app and web-based portal to integrate data from government and private databases, making relevant resources easily accessible to UK veterans and their families.  The primary goal is to greatly simplify access to all services afforded to veterans and their families.  This includes easy-to-use icons containing locations of hospitals, substance abuse clinics, education centers, financial assistance, employment help, housing and shelters.

“A key philosophy is to connect the unconnected, and to give service users opportunities to make informed choices.  This will also provide all those who work within the ex-armed forces sector access to a comprehensive directory of all services via a simple and intuitive app.  In addition to the primary goals of the project, we are also looking to customize the app for all organizations that use it.  The app has the ability to communicate in real time to service users and co-workers,” stated Dr. Matthew Kiernan, co-founder of N-VISioN.

Political support for the project was secured on behalf of RippleNami from Parliament members Johny Mercer M.P. of Plymouth, England and Rishi Sunak M.P. of Richmond, England.  In his role within Parliament, Mercer has made the modernizing and online availability of veteran services a priority while Sunak emphasized interest in a holistic community-driven approach to veteran care.  

The first region to be implemented will be the Northeast region of England, which includes York, Leeds and Newcastle.  The next stage of the project will be to secure national funding so the application can be phased in to six other UK regions, including Northwest England, Southwest England and Southeast England, as well as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, by the end of 2016.  

“We are extremely honored to be working with NHS, Northumbria University and N-VISioN, with the support of MP Mercer and MP Sunak.  Veterans need myriad support services, and their ability to access this data quickly, easily and efficiently in the palm of their hands will change the ways in which UK vets get the assistance they need and deserve,” explained Phil Gahn, RippleNami co-founder and chief business development officer.

To better facilitate execution of this agreement, RippleNami plans to open an office in Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, in May 2016.  This presence will complement RippleNami’s global efforts and its ability to improve the world through social good.

 

About Northumbria University

The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research is a collective of academics, service providers and service users with an interest in improving the health and social wellbeing of veterans and their families.  The hub has evolved from the interests of Dr. Matthew Kiernan, Lieutenant Commander RN(Q) retired and Dr. Mick Hill.  It has established itself through an evolutionary process attracting and welcoming anyone with a genuine interest in its vision.  They openly welcome visionary and innovative research that helps improve and understand the complexities that our veterans and their families experience.  A fundamental principle of the hub is collaboration in research for the benefit of others.  For more information about Northumbria University, visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/business-services/engage-with-us/the-northern-hub-for-military-veterans-and-families-research.

 

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change.  RippleNami is redefining mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations.  The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises,nonprofits and emergency management agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhancedcollaboration.  With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.