Technology for Healthy Communities
Technology for Healthy Communities facilitates the adoption of technology solutions by under-served communities as they tackle their most pressing health issues. In the inaugural year, the program matches 4 under-served communities in the U.S. with health technology innovators to conduct pilot projects, with the ultimate goals of improving health outcomes in the community's target population and developing a sustainable, commercial model in the community setting. The program is open to all health technology innovators in the U.S.
Immediate technology needs identified by the participating communities include:
- Social determinants of health (SDH) screening technology
- Community resource coordination & referral
- Community education/engagement
- Patient/provider communications
- Remote monitoring
- Technology that addresses public safety for pedestrians, cyclists, etc.
- Technology that identifies & encourages physical activity opportunities
- Chronic disease management
- Employee wellness/ healthy behavior & condition management
- Community Health Worker decision support tools
- Data analytics for SDH
- Data integration between SDH & electronic medical records
How it Works
Technology for Healthy Communities is open to health technology innovators in the U.S. The innovators will be selected through a competitive application process. The deadline to submit an innovator application is May 17, 2016. Ideal candidates are post-seed companies with products that address one (or more) of the technology needs identified by the communities above and have established proof of validation.
After the open application process, the Technology for Healthy Communities team will vet the applications and present the communities with a shortlist of potential pilot partners, based on the needs assessment. Selected health innovators will match with the communities and will go on to discuss the potential of conducting a pilot together.
Funding & Guidance
The communities will select healthcare innovators with whom they want to field test. There is up to $200,000 available in a funding pool to support pilot implementations. The pairs will receive guidance from the Technology for Healthy Communities team, which includes an Advisory Committee made up of community health and digital health industry experts. The team will provide assistance in the pilot planning phase and will work with the pairs to execute their sustainability plans.
The communities and selected innovators will have the opportunity to increase their visibility by presenting pilot results at major health events and conferences. Any preliminary data and proof-of-concept results may be used for promotional purposes on the Technology for Healthy Communities website, in press releases, newsletters, and other marketing material.
Growth Potential & Sustainability
There is great opportunity for the health innovators to form commercial contracts with community stakeholders and local business partners that support the initiative. One objective of the program is to ensure that the technology remains in the community post-pilot. The Technology for Healthy Communities team will work with the community and innovator pair to carry out sustainability plans for long-term success.
Innovator Evaluation Criteria
The Technology for Healthy Communities team will review the applications and and finalists will be presented to participating communities. Applications will be assessed on a range of elements including the following,
Market readiness and proof of validation within the context of the community infrastructure
Degree of the proposed technology's ability to address the needs identified by the communities
Degree of potential to improve health outcomes for the community’s target population
Operational capacity to conduct a pilot in the community setting
Degree of interest from community stakeholders
Degree of the proposed technology's sustainability strategy
Launch - Monday, March 21, 2016
Innovator Applications Due - May 17, 2016
Winners Announced - August 2016
Pilot Planning & Implementation - Fall 2016