The KYND Story
KYND was founded in 2016 by Dr. Tom Mulholland. After spending 30+ years working in the emergency department and seeing countless conditions of preventable illnesses, he decided he wanted to become the ambulance at the top of the cliff, not the bottom. He set out with a mission to travel New Zealand in a pop up medical clinic ambulance, testing Kiwi's for things such as blood pressure, cholesterol and HbA1C. Having a high blood pressure and not knowing, can cause a heart attack or stoke, which is how people often end up seriously damaged or worse, in his hospital.
After touring the country for two years, Dr Tom and his team diagnosed hundreds of cases of dangerous, preventable illnesses. With the new information Dr Tom's patients recieved, they were able to do something about it. However, Dr Tom and his team identified another issue with health care on this mission. Where does all of these individuals data actually go? Writing down critical health information on paper, was a pretty easy way for patients to lose them. Dr. Tom then had the idea, to create an app. If you can measure your health, you can manage it.
So came KYND. An app designed for individuals to easily store and track their medical data. Simple traffic lights; green, yellow and red, allowed patients to see where they had areas of risk. Small bits of easily digestible information on how to improve these risk areas were completed, and the app was rolled out through many companies in Aoeteroa.
Before Dr Tom began medicine, he worked in Forestry. His passion for the industry, and a few contracts with some incredible forestry companies in New Zealand, ignited his passion to add value to the forestry industry. With high risk jobs, Dr Tom understood the importance of sleep, healthy bloods and a focused mind. KYND, which measures physical, mental and social health, is the perfect tool to ensure that employees in the forestry sector are performing as efficiently, and safely as they can.
Farming, another industry close to Dr Tom's heart, embraced the KYND app with arms wide open. After touring with Farmstong for six months, Dr Tom realised farmers have apps and knowledge about everything on their farm, from their livestock, to their milk fat solids, yet nothing for the most important asset a farm can possibly have; the farmer.
KYND has now grown and helped hundreds of employees across all industries, but especially forestry and farming. It is an app designed not only with medical expertise and knowledge, but also passion and love for the industries it works in.