Today, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) announced a winner of its Digital Health for Complex Populations: Pilot Challenge, supported by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit. The pilot challenge invited digital health companies to partner with Massachusetts-based Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) to address challenges faced by low-income individuals with complex needs.
The winner of the challenge, Orbita, is a home health platform that integrates data from wearable, wireless, and other connected devices. Through the pilot, CCA will be working with Orbita to improve patient engagement and care coordination. CCA members will use Amazon’s voice-activated Echo to access the Orbita platform to schedule, coordinate, and track their personal care attendant services.
“CHCS created this challenge to build interest within the tech community for designing products that address the needs of low-income populations, and contribute to making a business case for doing so,” said Rachel Davis, Associate Director for Program Innovation at CHCS. “CCA and Orbita’s pilot is an exciting opportunity to get digital health tools into the hands of patients.”
The Digital Health for Complex Populations: Pilot Challenge is the second of three CHCS-hosted developer challenges created to spark innovation for digital health technology for low-income individuals with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs. Despite the recent growth of digital health tools built to assist with care management and health tracking, few have been optimized for these individuals.