Pilot Health Tech NYC Past Winners
Last year, 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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StarlingHealth and VillageCare at Pilot Day 2013
In 2013, over 40 innovator and host organization teams submitted joint proposals for innovative pilot projects. Ten winners were announced at Pilot Day 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 4-9 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.
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