Kevin Hutchinson previously worked in the medical field creating patient care coordination software, allowing hospitals, labs, physicians, insurance companies and health plans to share information about a patient in order to provide the best care possible in the most efficient manner possible.
As a boater, Hutchinson saw the correlation between a patient in the traditional sense and a boat – both require care and information from multiple sources. Taking what he had learned from the medical technology world, he and his experienced team created My-Villages, mobile technology designed to take the headache out of modern vessel ownership and maintenance.
Today’s vessels can be made up of a series of highly complicated and complex systems, and keeping up with the maintenance needed to keep them all running smoothly can be daunting. The owner/operator needs to know when service is required and who is best suited to perform it. Just keeping all the paperwork updated and filed for multiple systems can be a major chore. Technology has added to these burdens, but it can also provide the answer to many of these issues.
In April, CEO Hutchinson moved My-Villages from Alexandria, Va., to Hobe Sound, Fla., to be closer to the largest U.S. boating market and major marine industry hub. “With the number of Florida-based marine businesses joining us in the past few months, it made sense to be closer to our partners,” Hutchinson said.
My-Villages enables marine industry collaboration in a way not seen before. By joining its village, a boater can access a wealth of maintenance information. Boaters also can connect with other consumers, industry professionals, service companies and product manufacturers, bringing essential information to their fingertips.
Any individual or business can sign up to My-Villages’ free service and create a personal or business profile. Like a social network site, after creating a profile you can join or form public or private “communities” depending on what information you would like to share or obtain.
Registered users have access to all forms of online media including audio, video, photos and text. Users can reference a database of more than 20,000 manufacturer maintenance guidelines and manuals for more than 12,000 major marine products. Maintenance tips and repair guidelines are easily found, or users can ask advice from fellow villagers.
Users can also research accessories and learn more about the boating life in general. The idea is for villagers to “connect, communicate and collaborate.”
There is also a paid premium service that opens the door to stress-free maintenance. When you sign up for a premium account, My-Villages sends out one of its certified enrollment specialists to takes a full, detailed inventory of all the equipment you have aboard. This information is then fed into its database along with any existing service records you have to create a complete and thorough vessel database. With this database in place, the member can easily set up services and automated notifications when service is due on each of the systems and components.
The owner can schedule all services from his or her tablet or phone and seamlessly access all records.
Companies performing the service know exactly what equipment is on board, when it was last serviced, and what parts are needed to complete the service. Everyone involved has access to all related manuals and documents. It all becomes effortless, saving time and money.
To experience this new concept, register at www.My-Villages.com.