why we created Metriks and the people involved
Metriks was founded by Kevin Cairns and Tim Bergelt. Kevin is a Kinesiologist and Tim is a software engineer who have been friends, soccer teammates, and business partners over the past 30 years.
TRADITIONAL TREATMENT OUTCOME MEASUREMENT INCONSISTENT
While practicing as a Kinesiologist, it became apparent to Kevin that treatment outcome measurement was inconsistent from clinic to clinic. Many clinics used no measurement system and those that did relied on patient self reports improvement or pain reduction. Kevin noted that noted that the focus was on impairment reduction with little attention to return to function.
NEED FOR EDUCATION ON HOW TO MEASURE FUNCTION
Our first education course was how to perform a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). This course attracts a wide range of healthcare professionals from Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Kinesiologists to Physical Therapists. The FCE certification course is our most popular course.
NEED FOR A DATA COLLECTION PLATFORM AND REPORT WRITING SYSTEM.
The Metriks RAM online data collection platform was released in 2008 with test forms to complete an FCE, and a report template to automate the report writing process. The Metriks RAM platform now has data collection forms for Disability Evaluations, Job Demands Analysis, Office Ergonomic, Gait and Balance testing, Cognitive testing, Fit for duty testing, Post-offer Pre-Employment (POET) testing and Psychometric testing.
NEED FOR PORTABLE AND AFFORDABLE MEASUREMENT TOOLS
Metriks has moved from being just a distributor of other company's products to designing our own Metriks measurement tools. The Metriks line up includes a digital inclinometer, push-pull force gauge, functional cube and rehabilitation measurement stand. These tools can be combined into our portable and affordable FCE in a box.
We’re on a mission to equip healthcare professionals with the tools to measure and track a patient's rehabilitation progress.
We envision a world where all the stakeholders in the rehabilitation process: the patient, the treating professional, the physician, the employer, the insurance will have objective and accurate measurement of a patient's level of function, to help guide the patient through the rehabilitation process.
From our mission to the way we work with our clinical network, our values guide everything we do.
Safety. The tests should not be expected to lead to injury.
Reliability. The measures from the tests should produce consistent results.
Validity. The tests measure what they were intended to measure. Practicality. The time and cost involved in the design, administration, interpretation and reporting of tests should be reasonable.
Utility. The results outlined in the reports should be comprehensible to non-medical readers and the results should provide useful information for all stakeholders.
Kevin is a graduate from the University of Waterloo with over 20 years of experiences in teaching Functional Evaluations. Kevin is a faculty member at University of Guelph-Humber, teaching courses in Occupational Biomechanics and Functional Capacity Evaluations. He currently teaches for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Kinesiology at Lakehead University and the Master of Professional Kinesiology Program at the University of Toronto.