Reducing nurses' stress, helping hospitals recharge.

About us

At Cognuse, we believe that technology is the key to revolutionise healthcare. We are a digital health company building IT solutions for healthcare professional and patients. Our focus is to improve guideline adherence to enhance care quality and outcomes, as well as to reduce adverse events. Healthcare systems are too complex and prone to human error: this can be positively changed with digital technologies. By working together with hospitals and healthcare professionals, our aim is to build scalable solutions and provide real-time support for clinical staff and patients during their recovery process. We are innovative, open-minded, and doing it all for patient safety.

Mission and vision

Nurses face a myriad of struggles. They are subject to long shifts and are responsible for countless patients and procedures. Guidelines from hospitals are too lengthy, difficult to access, and not actionable at the point of care. All this together puts nurses under immense stress, sometimes reaching burnout. CoNurse gives nurses back their voice. Having clear, hands-free interactive guidelines greatly reduces the struggle to carry out clinical procedures. Our platform provides support to both junior and experienced nurses, by accompanying them through all kinds of shifts, reducing their stress and burnout. Our mission is to make nursing a more enjoyable, less stressful profession.

Our team

Bringing together expertise in healthcare, technology and business.

Andres Mellik

CEO and Founder

Andres Mellik is the founder and CEO of Cognuse. Andres has 20 years of experience in e-learning applications, embedded systems design and test and serious/educational games. He founded Juku Lab LLC, en e-learning company at the age of 24 and worked with the earliest standards in e-learning extensively (SCORM 1.2/2004, xAPI) while putting a lot of focus in exhaustive testing of those standards for highly scalable learning management systems. Those experiences have proven invaluable in introducing more consumable and accessible clinical information to hospitals.

He holds BSc/MSc from Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia and M.Eng. from the University of Lugano in Switzerland. Additionally, he has completed research terms at UEC, Tokyo, Japan and UC San Diego in California, USA. Andres is a long-term member of the IEEE as well as the founding member of the Sleep Technology Council under the National Sleep Foundation in the USA.

Jürgen Järvik

Content Logic Expert

Jürgen leads the content development for CoNurse. He is responsible for the language and the logic of the text of the procedures. Standing at the junction between the developers, the content experts and the end users, he makes sure that the content grows out naturally from the technical logic of the application, follows pedagogic requirements as well as reflects in detail the practical conditions in which it is going to be used. As an instructional designer he has been a co-author of a number of e-learning courses for several international organizations, including the NATO CCD COE, OSCE, Frontex and many others. His mission is to make learning easy, effective and appealing.


Karmen Markov

Research Analyst

Karmen works on core research and analysis of embedded neuroscience concepts and overall product development. She received her BSc degree in Neuroscience from King’s College London (UK) and is currently a Health Sciences and Technology Master’s student at ETH Zürich (Switzerland). During her studies in London, she interned at the Neurodegeneration Imaging Group and gained experience as a research assistant at Neuro-Insight, a neuromarketing company.

Andrew Menard

Chief Advisor

Andrew R. Menard, JD, is the chief administrative officer – radiology for the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. Working with the chair of radiology, Menard’s mission is to integrate technical and professional radiology across the Johns Hopkins Health System to realise the system’s goals of high-quality, patient-centred, clinically coordinated, efficient, and cost-effective health care. Menard received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School. He studied economics at Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was the recipient of the William Notz Medal for Economics.

Birgit Krieger

Product Coordinator

Birgit graduated from Tallinn Healthcare College as an optometrist and has had a career in the domain for the past 5 years. She has substantial hands-on experience in building customer relationships, providing product sales and technical support as well as organising staff and customer training events. Birgit received a MSc in Health Care Technology from Tallinn University of Technology graduating with cum laude and publishing an original research article. She is the Project and Product Coordinator for CoNurse’ distribution and partnership endeavours as well as the Product Manager for Kõ digital speech therapy service and its internationalization branding efforts – SpeakTX.

Kadri Siibak

Digital Marketing Strategy Officer

Kadri has been working at Cognuse for the last 18 months, handling the digital marketing strategy and efforts for CoNurse, kõ and – a social care platform for the elderly, people with disabilities and their informal caregivers. She has over 10 years of experience and proven track of working with many tech companies, including global players (Schneider Electric, Volvo Trucks), disruptive and innovative fin tech and health tech start-ups, as well as various local companies. For the past 5 years, she has been focussed on digital marketing, including content marketing, SEO and social media. Her key role today is to advise and support companies from strategy to delivery. Growth marketing is an area she is especially passionate about; helping businesses to grow using new digital marketing strategies, tactics and tools. She holds BA from University of Tartu and MA from University of Tallinn.

Dr Jeremy Block

Clinical Advisory Lead

Jeremy is a nationally recognized expert in the research and regulatory side of healthcare for digital health and mHealth. Dr. Block has expertise in human subjects’ protections as well as designing, developing, and launching digital and mobile health technology. He contributed to the development of Apple ResearchKit where he co-designed the first eConsent platform on a mobile device and is advising developers using ResearchStack for Android. He is a Scholar at the HITLAB in New York City and a co-investigator on digital health trials for cancer genetics at with colleagues from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dana Farber, UPenn, Beth Israel Deaconness, and Cedars Sinai. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY. Previously he was an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the youngest IRB Chair in the country covering Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

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Chris Lawer

Chief Value Officer

Chris is the founder of Umio, the creator of Health Ecosystem Value Design® (HEVD) and the author of the book of the same name. Chris spent two decades  as an innovation and strategy consultant to companies and governments of all kinds and sizes throughout the EU and US. Once a visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management where he earned a research degree, Chris became a Senior Fellow at the Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities at UCLA in Spring 2019. Chris is actively applying his models and thinking to help address US community and national health system challenges.

Previously Chris was MD of Strategyn UK, providing Outcome-Driven Innovation and Jobs-to-be-Done methods throughout Europe. He is regarded as a leading expert in conducting and mentoring ODI and JTBD projects, drawing on his experience in multiple industries and markets spanning: Automotive, chemicals, pharmaceutical, energy and materials (all B2B); healthcare, pharma and medtech; financial services and consumer goods.