Never again do you have to
sit in the waiting room in the dark.
Every year over 150 million surgeries are performed throughout the United States. During these procedures, millions of loved ones are left waiting anxiously as their family members or friends are wheeled into an operating room or procedure suite. Historically, surgical procedures are performed both literally and figuratively “behind closed doors” with no access and limited information to those outside.
For some time, Dr. Munro and Dr. de la Roza had observed the anxious expressions of family members on returning to the waiting room at the end of the surgery, and their sense of relief on learning that all had gone well. They started texting updates to nervous families throughout their child’s surgery. At the time, it seemed like the right thing to do. Little did they know that they would be transforming medical communication and opening a window into the operating room.
At the end of the surgeries, families were overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for a simple picture of their loved one or a short text explaining what was happening during the surgery. Families repeatedly told them that it was as if they “never left their loved one’s side”, and had never felt “so at ease” while awaiting the outcome. Following extensive research, Dr. Munro and Dr. de la Roza soon realized that a text update approximately every thirty minutes could impact the waiting room experience like nothing before. The addition of pictures and videos from the operating room only served to enhance that experience.
As they updated more families during surgeries, the surgeons themselves began to take notice and became more involved. Dr. William DeCampli, a pediatric cardiac surgeon and the co-director of The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, began updating families with a short video at the end of the surgery to let them know “your little one did great and I will be out to see you shortly.” The impact of this type of medical communication was tremendous.
Dr. Munro and Dr. de la Roza started conceptualizing and refining their solution with the help of Patrick de la Roza to become an easy to use, HIPPA compliant software platform that they would call “Electronic Access to Surgical Events” or EASE. The EASE system was developed, the apps were created, and on March 4, 2013 EASE Applications, a company dedicated to improving medical communication, was officially launched by Dr. Hamish Munro, Dr. Kevin de la Roza, Patrick de la Roza, and Dr. William DeCampli.
Since that day, EASE has been focused on improving medical communication, reducing anxiety, increasing understanding, and creating a better healthcare experience. EASE is bringing hospital communication and the surveying of patients and their families into the 21st century. Created by doctors for families, the team will not rest until everyone in a surgical waiting room can stay connected to their loved one throughout the medical experience.
Created by doctors for families.
Patrick de la Roza, MBA
Chief Executive Officer / co-Founder
Mr. de la Roza is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for EASE. He has over 14 years experience in a variety of industries including real estate, retail and health care. Mr. de la Roza provided executive oversight for a 50,000 square foot medical innovation, surgery training and education institution. The Florida Hospital Nicholson Center trains over 15,000 clinicians a year in the latest surgical techniques, medical innovations and surgical curriculum. Mr. de la Roza’s strong entrepreneurial background has allowed him to successfully launch two startups, provide strategic direction, execution of business operations and acquire investor funding. Because of his strong digital background, he was previously responsible for developing the overarching and unified digital marketing, brand, content, social media and search engine optimization strategies for the Florida Hospital system. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a dual major in Finance and Business Management and completed his MBA at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School.
Hamish Munro, MD
Chief Innovation Officer / co-Founder
Dr. Munro is the Director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology with The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe. He completed fellowships in both pediatric and cardiac anesthesia and intensive care at Southampton General Hospital in England. Dr. Munro is board certified in anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiolgy. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anesthetists. Dr. Munro served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, as a pediatric anesthesiologist with the Nemours Cardiac Clinic and most recently as the Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists; the International Anesthesia Research Society; the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia and the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society.
Kevin de la Roza, MD
Chief Medical Officer / co-Founder
Dr. Kevin de la Roza is a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. de la Roza is a graduate of the University of Florida and received his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2004.
Following a surgical internship at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. de la Roza completed his anesthesia residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2008. Upon finishing his residency, Dr. de la Roza completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. de la Roza is board certified in anesthesiology, with a subspecialty certification in pediatric anesthesiology. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society, and the Florida Society of Anesthesiology.
William DeCampli, MD, PhD
Chief Clinical Safety Officer / co-Founder
William M. DeCampli, M.D., Ph.D has been Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (APH) since 2004. As co-Director of the Heart Center at APH,. his program has appeared five years in US News and World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. Dr. DeCampli’s research has centered on a number of novel approaches to improving clinical care of patients with CHD, applying techniques such as computational fluid dynamics and photonics to the problems in CHD. He is committed to medical education and has assisted with the development of UCF’s new College of Medicine as a member of the College’s Curriculum Committee, session leader in CHD, and student research mentor. Dr. DeCampli also serves as Managing Director of the Data Center of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, located at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 1984 he was selected to NASA’s Group 10 astronaut candidate finalists, but chose to continue his surgical education at Stanford. He continued to serve on NASA committees and as an advisor to President Reagan’s National Commission on Space.
Matthew Kanagy, MBA
Matthew Kanagy currently serves as the Vice President of EASE Applications. Matthew’s background is focused in digital operations management and the strategy and execution of consumer and business-to-business marketing. This has led to the oversight of multiple application development initiatives, website strategy & development, eCommerce platform launches, audio visual event management and the oversight of both digital and traditional marketing campaigns. This experience is within a variety of industries including health care, hospitality and restaurant operations and marketing. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a major in Digital Media and an MBA from the University of Central Florida Executive/Professional Graduate School.
Assistant Vice President of Client Success
Thomas serves as the Assistant Vice President of Customer Success. He is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in overseeing business development strategy & initiatives, building long-term client relationships, and managing all business activities within the medical and healthcare industry. In his previous role he had executive oversight over all aspects of customer success and a multi-million dollar budget for the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center. The Nicholson Center is a 50,000 square foot medical training and innovation center for Florida Hospital. He had the pleasure of working with prospective clients ranging from C-Suite Executives with Fortune 500 companies in the Med Device industry to large For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Acute Hospitals and Healthcare Systems. In his role at EASE, Thomas serves to ensure all aspects of the customer experience are flawless and a success for all parties. Thomas completed his Bachelors of Science in Recreation and Event management, Tourism and Sports Management from the University of Florida.