Jeff’s story is important – because of Jeff – there is evan Digital Health and Informatics; the evan Platform and LifeguardApp. Jeff thanks God everyday and is the first person to remind us that he is just one member of the team, that together we have created this life-saving application. That’s true, but it was his faith, energy and motivation that brought us together and that keeps us focussed on our goal to keep people safe.
While in treatment in 2016, recovering from his own addiction to alcohol, Jeff Hardy lost his young, vibrant friend, Evan, when he died from fentanyl toxicity. Jeff felt inspired to find a solution to the opioid crisis so that good people, like his friend, could live to discover a lifetime of possibilities. Remembering a quote from one of his favourite movies,
Jeff’s business background and entrepreneurial spirit led him to start wondering what could be done. An idea started growing that he just couldn’t let go of. After a few months of content and diagrams, mostly on napkins, he reached the point to find a developer. An internet search led him to the right software development company. Borrowing funds from friends and family allowed the idea to transform from dream, to-design, then to a working product.
The result is LifeguardApp on the evan platform – a lifesaving smartphone and tablet-based app supported by a digital platform, which runs on both iOS and Android. Today, Jeff has proven that these solutions work via real life beta tests and trials have saved actual lives and 99% of participants (users, and front-line first responders) have said they would recommend LifeguardApp to their colleagues and friends.
Jeff’s passion is fueled by his compassion for those who suffer from addiction. His boots-on-the-ground approach to Lifeguard’s clients is what sets him apart. He meets face-to-face with the app’s users and hears first-hand about their experiences and how the app has made a difference in their lives. This compassion, and Jeff’s years of business experience, attracted top talent to help him implement his vision for the company. In Jeff’s own words,
Jeff’s passion, experience, and talent attracted a team of people as passionate as he is about saving lives and trying to keep people safer. Now, the evan platform has an international patent pending and is poised to scale-up across North America and then the world. The team is hard at work improving the digital platform and developing other products that will keep people safer in a myriad of situations.