Vital Care Services and Pace University Selected as Winners of PILOT Health Tech NYC's $100,000 Innovative Project based in New York City
Program Matches Early-Stage Healthcare Technology Companies (Innovators) With Leading Health Care Organizations (Hosts)
NEW YORK, NY — June 28, 2013 — Vital Care Services, a comprehensive remote monitoring TeleHealth company, and Pace University were selected as winners of PILOT Health Tech NYC, a new initiative launched by the Bloomberg Administration, City of New York, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). The program is designed to leverage the city’s large concentration of healthcare institutions and entrepreneurial companies, and position New York City as the nation’s hub for healthcare technology.
Vital Care Services and Pace University will use a 6-month pilot to test 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.
TeleHealth is used today to communicate patient health data electronically to improve a patient’s long-term health management and outcomes. It utilizes today’s growing number of telecommunications technology benefits, such as secure Wi-Fi, 4G Cellular, Face-to-Face Video, SMS, and Bluetooth connections. TeleHealth has been proven to conveniently and effectively lower healthcare cost and improve accessibility while achieving better health outcomes.
“Doctors are not going to be able to handle the rapid increase in the elderly population, so TeleHealth is going to be very important,” says Dr. Jean F. Coppola, PhD, Associate Professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “Elderly patients are going to have to rely on TeleHealth to live better and improve their quality of life. Our research has shown that older adults can and want to learn the technology. And they can learn it to the point where they can do it on their own after a few lessons.”
“Our mission is to help people live healthier lives,” says Dave Gaur, co-founder of Vital Care Services. “We are engaged in improving the total population healthcare delivery system as a whole. Increasing access to healthcare, improving quality of care, and reducing costs to patients and providers are our main priorities.”
“A key benefit that patients experience with the TeleHealth technology is awareness,” says Chris Gaur, co-founder of Vital Care Services. “We have had a couple of patients that have had high blood pressure, when they did not know it before and were able to take action to see a doctor to receive potentially life-saving early interventions.”
The panel of judges received portfolios from more than 250 innovators and 20 host organizations, and the results of the competition were publicly announced on June 26 at the inaugural “Pilot Day” held at Blueprint Health in Manhattan.
PILOT Health Tech NYC was created to address key needs in the healthcare technology sector. The Pilot grant recipients will work together for three to six months, and will then have the chance to present their accomplishments on the main stage at Health 2.0’s annual conference in Santa Clara, CA, which starts on Sept. 29, 2013.
About Vital Care Services
Vital Care Services offers comprehensive solutions for the growing healthcare service delivery market. Vital Care was established when it became evident there was a need to implement cost-effective solutions for health and wellness care delivery personalized to individual needs in their own living setting. The company’s solutions ensure that patients stay healthy, follow their designed care plans, and avoid costly hospital re-admissions and ER visits. Using advanced, portable, consumer friendly TeleHealth technology, healthcare providers can interact with their remote-location patients as often as necessary, and implement a customizable regimen to match each patient’s individual needs. The innovative TeleHealth software running on commercial tablets is simple to operate for patients with no prior computer experience. These Wi-Fi or 4G enabled cellular tablets relay vital sign measurements, personalized daily questions, medication reminders, and clinical advice immediately through encrypted and HIPAA compliant messaging from secure servers. The patient is connected anywhere, and at anytime to a healthcare provider. http://www.myvics.com
About Pace University
Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.
The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems’ initiative is addressing technical, business, legal, policy, and strategic issues. These issues are being addressed to support the implementation of TeleHealth services, incorporating on-site/off-site personnel, and the application of data mining and other emerging technologies. http://www.pace.edu/seidenberg