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All Aboard the Funding Train: ONC Backs 6 Digital Health Pilots!

Posted: May 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Basics, In the News, Telehealth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

On Monday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded a hefty $300,000 to six winners of the inaugural ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge. The Challenge, which launched in October 2014, finds early stage health care startups from across the U.S. and connects them with health care organizations for pilot partnerships and application testing. The six lucky entities, each receiving $50,000 for program funding, will live-test new health information technology applications in health care settings hosted by their challenge partners. Check out a few noteworthy winners below:

ClinicalBox and Lowell General Hospital

ClinicalBox develops software for care coordination and patient engagement across the surgical care continuum. ClinicalBox’s application, CoordinationBox, tracks a patient through the care delivery cycle and provides a visual overview of the stages of care. The pilot with Lowell General Hospital will test CoordinationBox’s efficacy in streamlining care during surgical episodes.

Gecko Health Innovations and Boston Children’s Hospital

Gecko Health Innovations’ product, CareTRx, uses medication sensors, mobile apps and savvy cloud computing to improve respiratory disease management for asthma patients. Gecko’s proprietary technology tracks medication use, sends reminders, records symptoms and shares reports with health professionals. The Gecko Health Innovations/Boston Children’s pilot will evaluate the effectiveness of CareTRx on asthma self-management among urban school children versus traditional disease self-management.

Optima Integrated Health and University of California, San Francisco, Cardiology Division

Optima-for-Blood Pressure (Optima4BP) is a cloud-based artificial intelligence solution that evaluates hypertensive patients’ status in real time to provide patient-specific recommendations for medication/treatment alterations. Hosted by UCSF’s Cardiology Division (and integrated with its EMR), the pilot will evaluate Optima4BP’s ability to improve care coordination for patients with uncontrolled hypertension.

Vital Care Telehealth Services and Dominican Sisters Family Health Service

Vital Care’s assisted telehealth program for seniors (called STATS) connects populations to caregivers for preventative care and chronic disease management programs. The pilot project will test STATS’ efficacy in increasing access to both primary and secondary prevention services on the Shinnecock Indian Health Services Clinic located in eastern Long Island.

For more information on the ONC Market R&D Challenge and the full list of winners, read Health2.0’s full blog post here—the pilot programs become operational in August!

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