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PAMF Innovation Center Announces Winners of linkAges Developer Challenge

The David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is excited to announce the winners of its recent linkAges™ Developer Challenge, in conjunction with Health 2.0. The Developer Challenge is part of PAMF’s Successful Aging Initiative, which is creating a community-based ecosystem that will support seniors to live vibrant, independent lives in the community.

Today, the vast majority of the rapidly growing senior population in the United States express the desire to age independently, in place, in their homes and communities. However, many face an array of challenges to doing so, including increasingly complex health issues, social isolation, and difficulty accessing resources that support their ability to age in place.

PAMF’s innovative solution is to create an ecosystem, called linkAges, that interconnects seniors, caregivers, social services and professional healthcare teams, and provides tools that empower seniors and caregivers to gain access to resources specific to their personal context, goals and preferences.

The LinkAges Developer Challenge is focused on one of the linkAges ecosystem components, “signal detection.” Signal detection provides a means of unobtrusively tracking a senior’s health and well-being, with the capability of alerting caregivers or the professional health care team of potential health risks.

Paul Tang, M.D., chief innovation and technology officer, Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

“We wanted to advance our signal detection capabilities of linkAges as quickly as possible,” said Paul Tang, M.D., chief innovation and technology officer for the Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation. “Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we sought to harness the tremendous talents of the area’s innovative developers in the creation of these new capabilities. More than 75 developers spent an entire weekend in April 2012 working on the opportunity and presented us with 20 potential solutions. Several of these teams went on to develop prototypes during the next three months. From these applicants, we selected a winner to enter our accelerator to co-develop their prototype into a viable product to apply in a pilot linkAges community. We are delighted with the result of this partnership between a health care provider and a start-up technology innovator.”

Overall linkAges Developer Challenge Winner: Team Meter Made (Now incorporated as Vevity Inc.)

  • Proposed and demonstrated a solution turning patterns of data from a variety of home monitoring devices into alerting intelligence on an individual’s status

Runner-up linkAges Developer Challenge Winner: Team Agility4Life

  • Proposed and demonstrated a solution tracking walking speed, which can predict deteriorations in a senior’s well-being

PAMF’s David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation is pleased to formally present Meter Made (Vevity Inc.) as the linkages Developer Challenge winner during the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, October 8 at 2:25 p.m. PDT.

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation


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Public Affairs
Palo Alto Medical Foundation