PILOT Health Tech NYC is an exciting new program which provides funding of up to $100,000 each to 10 innovative pilot projects to take place in New York City. The program seeks to partner early-stage healthcare technology companies ('innovators') with key NYC healthcare service organizations or individuals ('hosts'), including hospitals, physician clinics, payors, pharma companies, and nursing associations. Each pilot project will be focused on addressing defined needs of the healthcare industry and testing a technology prototype in a healthcare setting for a period of approximately 3-6 months.
PILOT Health Tech NYC was developed by NYCEDC in partnership with leading health organizations Health 2.0, StartUp Health, and Blueprint Health. It is designed to leverage the city's large concentration of healthcare institutions and entrepreneurial companies, and position New York City as the nation's hub for healthcare technology.
The program aims to:
- Encourage the development and scaling of new technologies to improve clinical care while reducing costs
- Assist early-stage technology companies in building long-lasting relationships with existing NYC healthcare stakeholders
- Lay the groundwork for the creation of new businesses in NYC
The program helps innovators and hosts “match” with each other through facilitated matchmaking sessions, and seeks innovators and hosts to submit joint proposals for innovative pilot projects.
Prizes & Perks
Up to $1,000,000 in total awards, plus workshops, recognition, and conference demos!
- 10 pilot projects will receive up to $100,000 each
Winners will also receive the following:
- In-kind donation of services or resources from 'hosts'. This may include an up to 1:1 match equivalent in staff hours, IT resources, physician input and access to data.
- Pilot planning and implementation support
- Two workshops on topics to be determined by survey of needs (e.g. regulatory issues, standards)
- Participation and promotion in major health events and conferences
Over 40 innovator and host organization teams submitted joint proposals for innovative pilot projects. Ten winners were selected on June 26th 2013 and will each receive a portion of the $1 million funding to pilot their programs in partnership with these established institutions. Each of the 10 winning pilot projects is focused on addressing defined needs of the healthcare industry and testing a technology prototype in a healthcare setting for a period of approximately 3-6 months.
- AdhereTech | Weill Cornell Medical Center: AdhereTech has created wireless smart pill bottles that improve medication adherence. Dr. Roy Gulick is a Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell and the Principal Investigator of the Cornell HIV Clinical Trials Unit. AdhereTech will be working with Dr. Gulick and his team to assess patient adherence to an HIV drug regimen over 12 weeks using AdhereTech bottles with reminders and feedback, compared to the usual standard of care.
- BioDigital | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: BioDigital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering are addressing deficiencies in patient-doctor communication through the use of new visualization technology. BioDigital's Human Platform, an interactive 3D virtual body that is already widely used in academia, will be introduced into the Memorial Sloan-Kettering clinical workflow as a tool to more effectively communicate complex health topics. The expected results include increased patient engagement, understanding and satisfaction - all while saving doctors time.
- Bio-Signal Group | New York Methodist Hospital: Each year, in the USA alone, over 12M patients present to emergency departments in an altered mental state, in need of an electroencephalogram, but cannot get one. The Bio-Signal Group’s microEEG addresses this problem with an FDA approved, miniature, wireless system that utilizes a rapid-to-apply disposable electrodes and a network of teleneurologists to provide a remote, rapid interpretation to an ED physician. New York Methodist Hospital will pilot the microEEG in a healthcare setting.
- eCaring | Pace University: This pilot will test the outcomes of the eCaring web-based care management & monitoring system with a high need population of chronically ill, multicultural older adults in Henry Street Settlement’s Vladeck Cares Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC). Pace RN’s will track data and assess the effect on use of healthcare resources, disease management, preventable events, and costs.
- Flatiron Health | Continuum Health Partners: Flatiron Health is building a “big data” software platform that aggregates, cleans and structures clinical oncology data in order to provide applications to care providers. This pilot will enable Continuum Health Partners to measure and improve a wide range of metrics relating to cancer care at their centers. These include comprehensive quality, operational, clinical and financial performance data.
- Opticology | New York Eye & Ear Infirmary: Diabetics must measure their blood glucose despite being painful and inconvenient. Opticology has developed a better way to measure blood glucose in the 17 million Type II diabetics: through ocular tears. The technology consists of a pen shaped device with glucose sensing chemistry at the tip that gently touches the tears just above the lower eyelid. New York Eye & Ear will help measure the correlation between tear and blood glucose in diabetic patients.
- Rip Road | VNSNY Choice SelectHealth: SelectHealth and Rip Road are partnering to develop a new member engagement model for Medicaid members. Rip Road's text messaging engagement platform will be used for member communications and patient data analysis. The pilot will focus on member adherence to appointments and medication refills. By providing this new engagement channel, the pilot seeks to improve health outcomes, increase member retention and satisfaction with SelectHealth, and reduce hospitalizations and long-term care costs.
- StarlingHealth | VillageCare: StarlingHealth and VillageCare are partnering to pilot the use of a nurse call and bedside communication system to improve patient care and satisfaction while reducing cost of care delivery at VillageCare Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, a 105-bed sub-acute facility. Residents will use multi-lingual touchscreen tablets to make specific requests. Automatic request delegation, routing and escalation will help staff resolve needs, and management will have real-time visibility into all activities.
- Sense Health | University Behavioral Associates: Sense Health is working with University Behavioral Associates (affiliated with Montefiore) to pilot their mobile patient support technology with case managers and patients in the Managed Addiction Treatment Services Program. If successful, this pilot will validate a technology that efficiently helps case managers deliver high intensity support to growing patient case loads.
- Vital Care Services | Pace University: Vital Care Services and Pace University will pilot the effectiveness of TeleHealth solutions to meet current and projected needs of diverse socio-economic communities in New York City. Pace student technicians will assist patients in taking their vitals, which are monitored remotely by a Pace RN. Key objectives of the pilot are to reduce healthcare cost, increase access and quality of care, and train future working professionals at the University level.
Find out more at pilothealthtechnyc.com