Now in its second year, Pilot Health Tech NYC is an exciting program that provides funding of $1 million to 10 or more innovative pilot projects to take place in New York City. The program seeks to partner early-stage health and healthcare technology companies ('innovators') with key NYC healthcare service organizations and stakeholders ('hosts'), including hospitals, physician clinics, payors, pharma companies, nursing associations, large employers, large retailers, disease foundations, and community health centers. Each pilot project will be focused on addressing defined needs of the healthcare industry and testing a technology prototype for a period of approximately 4-9 months.
Pilot Health Tech NYC was developed by NYCEDC in partnership with the leading industry organization, Health 2.0. 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, reduce care costs, and boost consumer wellness
- Assist early-stage technology companies in building long-lasting relationships with existing NYC healthcare stakeholders
- Lay the groundwork for the creation and growth 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:
- Pilot Health Tech NYC will fund up to 50% of the cost of winning pilots, up to a maximum value determined by the complexity of the pilot.
Winners will also receive the following:
- In-kind donation of services or resources from your partner 'host' or 'innovator,' including staff hours, IT resources, physician input, access to data, and other costs associated with the pilot.
- Pilot planning and implementation support from the program organizers, NYCEDC, and Health 2.0
- Invitation to Grantee Day, an exclusive event for winners of the program, where 'hosts' and 'innovators' receive additional mentorship, enjoy networking, and benefit from PR assistance and legal advice. Grantee Day helps winners ready their pilots for launch, with expert speakers providing guidance on measurement, evaluation, and other best practices.
- Participation and promotion in major health events and conferences
65 innovator and host organization teams submitted joint proposals for innovative pilot projects. Eleven winners were announced at Pilot Day on June 26th 2014 and will each receive a portion of the $1 million funding to pilot their programs in partnership with these established institutions. Each of the 11 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 4-12 months.
- Smart Vision Labs / SUNY College of Optometry: Smart Vision Labs wants to let anyone in the world test their vision and get a prescription by taking a picture of their eye with a smartphone. Smart Vision Labs and the SUNY College of Optometry in New York City will compare this new vision test using Smart Vision Lab’s portable wavefront aberrometer smartphone attachment against standard tests that require machinery costing $10,000+. Their pilot will evaluate the accuracy and repeatability of their measurements for people with myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism. The company aims to disrupt the entire optical industry and revolutionize the way people get their eyeglass prescriptions worldwide.
- GeriJoy / Pace University: The GeriJoy Companion is a tablet-based pet avatar that provides the health benefits of pet therapy and talks with its owner about news, family photos, and more all while reporting data to caregivers via a web portal and phone. GeriJoy and Pace University will evaluate the efficacy of the Companion in reducing hospital readmissions/utilization for the top three preventable readmission risks for which hospitals are evaluated under the ACA: congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and acute myocardial infarction.
- QoL Devices, Inc. / Montefiore Medical Center: QoL Devices and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore will pilot Alv.io, an advanced, mobile-connected respiratory training and monitoring device that uses interactive, animated games to incentivize engagement, personalize training, conduct performance analysis, and monitor testing in children to improve asthma management. In an effort to improve asthma care and reduce costs, the device will be piloted with 100 asthmatic children who seek treatment with Montefiore in the Bronx.
- Hindsait, Inc. / NY Blood Center: Hindsait turns artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and big data into better healthcare. The NY Blood Center will pilot Hindsait’s platform in an effort to increase blood donation rates amongst African-American New Yorkers. Hindsait will analyze historical data from NYBC to predict and classify the behavioral traits of prospective donors. That data will enable the team to target those donors with personalized messaging demonstrated to raise rates of donation, increasing stocks of blood available for sufferers of sickle cell disease.
- Nonnatech / ElderServe: Nonnatech and senior care provider ElderServe will focus on the early detection and intervention of physiological changes in an effort to prevent hospitalizations. By using Nonnatech’s system of smart sensor technologies, the pilot will measure seniors’ medication adherence and monitor activities such as eating, fluid intake, sleeping, toileting, and socialization patterns. This is all done while allowing the patients and residents to retain their dignity and privacy. Looking at the cost across the continuum of care, it will also create cost savings by way of more efficient use of staff in the Managed Long-Term Care Program and in the Assisted Living environment.
- Canpoy Apps / Visiting Nurse Service of New York: Canopy Apps and VNSNY will seek to improve communications with non-English speaking patients using the Canopy Medical Translator app. The app will enable VNSNY nurses and physical therapists to access a library of pre-translated medical phrases in 15 languages to communicate with patients during home visits in both text and audio formats. The pilot will seek to measure patient and provider satisfaction with patient-provider communication, as well as increased efficiency in the VNSNY workflow.
- Urgent Software, LLC / Mount Sinai Health System: Urgent Software will work with Mt. Sinai Health System’s Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) cardiologists and their out-of-network referring physicians. As part of Mt. Sinai’s community outreach to neighborhoods at high risk of cardiac disease, CVI physicians visit local physicians’ offices on a daily or weekly basis to provide cardiac consultations to patients. Though CVI physicians provide excellent care, patients often choose not to follow up on referrals to cardiac specialists when the patient’s insurance doesn't cover the recommended procedure or specialist. The Urgent Consult platform will allow local physicians and admin staff to search for a nearby CVI physician who accepts the patient’s insurance, schedule an appointment, share medical info independent of EMRs, and register the patient, collecting demographic and insurance data. The pilot will thus test the platform’s ability to help local primary care physicians effectively link their patients to life-saving specialty care.
- AllazoHealth / Accountable Care Coalition of Greater New York: ACCGNY will implement a medication adherence program powered by AllazoEngine’s predictive analytics, which reviews patients’ claims, demographic and intervention data to anticipate the need for intervention and identify the most cost-effective method. In a joint pilot, the team will focus on ACCGNY’s 6,353 attributed beneficiaries, 63% of whom are intellectually or developmentally disabled (IDD). Despite their low medication adherence rates and high costs, IDD patients have largely been overlooked by medication adherence programs and academic research, making this pilot critically important. The pilot will evaluate the accuracy of the predictions, the impact of interventions and the savings associated with adherence.
- Healthify / VillageCare: The Heathify platform screens patients for their needs, connects them to the appropriate resources for treatment, and engages them through text messages. Sixty percent of a person’s health is affected by social issues like food insecurity, unsafe housing, domestic abuse, and other issues. VillageCare’s Health Home case managers will utilize the Healthify platform to connect patients with the services they need to address these “social determinants of health.” Moreover, VillageCare case managers will utilize the Healthify resource database to rate and review different community and government resources so VillageCare can direct their patients to the best possible help.
- Tactonic Technologies / NYU Langone, Rusk Rehab Center: Tactonic Technologies is partnering with NYU to test whether its system of imaging sensors and software can help doctors at the NYU Rusk Center for Rehabilitation measure whether a patient is ready to leave the hospital. Doctors check to see whether elderly patients can walk steadily before discharging them but often make a subjective judgment call that can lead to unnecessary slips and falls that bring the patient back to the emergency room. Tactonic will allow NYU doctors to make an objective measurement of patients’ gait.
- Fit4D / HealthFirst: Fit4D and Healthfirst, which provides free and low-cost health insurance, are partnering to keep diabetes sufferers in the Bronx healthy and out of the hospital. Fit4D’s certified diabetes educators will use powerful algorithms to match Healthfirst members with the best diabetes treatments for each individual. The goal of the project is to test whether Fit4D can keep these members from suffering complications that will drive up healthcare costs.
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Past Pilot Health Tech NYC Winners
View the winners from past Pilot Health Tech NYC competitions.