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Wellth IT: Syndicate and analyze data to tackle social determinants of health

The U.S spends far more per capita on health care than other countries. Yet experts estimate 75 percent of the factors that undermine population health are not medical. Instead, this is shaped by the social determinants of health – or the socioeconomic, behavioral and environmental conditions of where we are born, live, learn, work and play. While improvements in Health Information Technology and adoption of Electronic ...more »

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Boogio Gets Kids Moving

Obesity is one of the biggest barriers to healthy living, particularly for kids. Boogio encourages children to be active outdoors by using peer motivation, not parental pressure. We build wearable technology to gamify everyday life and make physical fitness fun via a unique gaming device with removable sensor insoles that respond to physical movement. We surveyed 50,000 kids who play videogames and found that over ...more »

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Transforming Health Care by Eliminating Fatal Hospital-Associated Blood Clots Through Technology

We plan to transform health care by decreasing hospital readmissions and improving quality through the eventual elimination of preventable deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVTs - blood clots in the leg veins - can travel to the lungs and cause fatal pulmonary embolisms (PE). Preventable DVT/PEs are a leading cause of hospital deaths and readmissions. In collaboration with our partners, the Society of Hospital Medicine, ...more »

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Fantasy Leagues for Health

Thousands play in fantasy sports leagues—let’s create online Fantasy Health Leagues to harness that appeal and change the game to achieve real health improvements. Individuals or groups working toward a health goal (e.g., workplace wellness teams, weight loss, smoking cessation) sign up to be “drafted” as players or teams in a league related to their health aim. Players share their motivation and plan for improving their ...more »

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Open Digital Medicine - A Privacy Policy Template

Medicine is becoming digital. Must it also become closed and licensed as a result? Our project will develop a model privacy policy for apps and websites committed to open medicine and sharing of patient data. Most medicine is on paper and still open. It’s peer-reviewable, modifiable by anyone and can be taught and practiced without buying a license. As EHRs, PHRs, apps and web services absorb and then extend medical ...more »

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Increase Care Quality and Save $25 Billion in Wasted Health Costs

76% of readmissions are preventable and financial penalties are now in place. Hospitals have never been more motivated to address the problem. Apparos Health wants to eliminate this cycle, reduce readmissions, and save hospitals the $25 billion lost from preventable readmissions. Apparos Health can do this by leveraging a patented, proven educational technology platform ranked #2 in the world to deliver proprietary, ...more »

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Patients forget 50% of what they hear in a visit. Solution: Video the visit with Postwire Health

According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, patients said that unclear communication was their biggest complaint. Another recent study stated that patients forget or misunderstand over half of what they hear in a visit. Healthcare has a communication problem. Solution: Postwire Health is a revolutionary new technology that allows providers to securely capture the ACTUAL VIDEO from the visit and automatically share ...more »

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We can save the "lives" of 1 in 6 people around the world

Stroke is the #1 cause of permanent disability and #3 cause of death around the globe, yet less than 5% of victims get any treatment. Vesselon’s approach is transformational by enabling early restoration of cerebral blood flow to improve clinical outcomes. We are developing a low-cost, mobile, noninvasive ultrasound device used with microbubbles to treat stroke victims by dissolving a clot before victims get to the hospital. ...more »

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Telehealth and innovative partnerships that can improve patient care by treating body and mind.

TH4MH - Telehealth for Mental Health – is designed to provide mental health screening and services to patients in general clinics. Imagine a mother brining her baby to the pediatrician’s office and while she’s there she begins to cry. Suddenly a mental health specialist, a trained Nurse Practitioner, appears on the screen to help her. Telehealth can transform the primary care medical home into a one-stop shop, adding ...more »

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Extrinsic Reward System to Guide the Quality of Children's Nutritional Choices

Reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity requires cultural change in how kids value food. We propose a method of making the nutritional merits of food irresistible, much as traditional marketing methods did for unhealthy products. Our game, Fitter Critters, won 2nd place in Let's Move's Apps for Healthy Kids (http://is.gd/lrn7fN), and a study by U. Mass Medical found it significantly increased self-efficacy and positive ...more »

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People Power over Environmental Factors in Chronic Diseases

We will revolutionize how environmental factors are incorporated into chronic disease prevention and management. Since air pollutants impact respiratory and cardiovascular disease, we propose a personal technology approach combining symptom monitoring and indoor/outdoor pollution data with personal decision support, crowd-sourced social data uploads, and telemedicine interface. For example, we will build an asthma device ...more »

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Internet-based cognitive training to expand access to evidence-based mental health care

Approx. half the U.S. population experiences serious mental health problems during their lifetime, and the large majority never receive treatment. Barriers include costs, difficulties accessing evidence-based care, and stigma. Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) can overcome these barriers. CBM can be delivered without a therapist via the Internet. This will dramatically reduce costs, expand access, and enhance privacy. ...more »

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