2012-01-12 / News

HLHS grad looks to move on in online business competition

By Krista Tacey-Cater

A call for help to the Facebook world is what Travis Beaulieu, a 22-year-old senior at Michigan Technological University is putting out to the public to help he and his business partner, Joel Florek move on in the Intel Innovators venture competition.

By Jan. 23 at 12 p.m. Beaulieu, a 2007 graduate of Houghton Lake High School is hoping his company AsfalisMed [Asfalis is Greek for safe and secure] has enough votes to secure a spot in the top five competitors to move on for a chance to win $100,000.

For about four months Beaulieu said he and Florek have been developing AsfalisMed, which is a medical service idea, that in the future would implement “quick response” or “QR” code technology to help access patient information in an emergency situation. He said the plan is to develop a smart phone application that would have the capability to take a photo of any form of identification, like a QR code does, that has the patients name on it. From there the patients medical information would be linked from the phone to an online database where the person’s medical profile could be .

As of now, Beaulieu said the software is still being developed by computer programmers at Michigan Tech. He said the QR code technology aspect would come later, but now the idea is for a “simple” version. This version would only require the patients name be typed into the data base to retrieve medical information.

Beaulieu said he feels confident that AsfalisMed will be one of the top five to move on in the competition. He said if AsfalisMed secures enough votes, the next step is to give a panel of investors and entrepreneurs a three-minute online presentation on what AsfalisMed is.

“I think we have a pretty good chance,” Beaulieu said.

He said AsfalisMed has everything Intel Innovators requires, a start up business that implements the use of technology that would have a positive social impact.

Beaulieu said Florek was in a situation where such technology would have been helpful. Beaulieu said Florek’s brother was injured in a hockey game and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The doctors did not know he was allergic to penicillin and almost gave him a dose of the antibiotic, however, Florek was able to warn the doctors before it was administered.

“He (Florek) got really passionate about it,” Beaulieu said.

Beaulieu said that if Florek’s brother did not overhear what the doctors were going to give him he could have died that day.

As of Jan. 10 at 12 p.m., AsfalisMed was in the top five spots, Beaulieu said a few days before the competition ends the places of the businesses will change.

“It fluctuates a lot at the end,” Beaulieu said.

He added he is hoping all those who are able will take the time to vote for AsfalisMed will. AsfalisMed has already made it through one round on Dec. 19, 2011, when the field was narrowed from about 100 competitors to 20.

Beaulieu created a video to help those who wish to support AsfalisMed move on in the competition. The tutorial can be accessed by visiting the following address, http://youtu.be/BZiarMGoSdw. For additional information contact Beaulieu at twbeauli@mtu.edu. The Inetl Innovators can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IntelInnovators.

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