AARP Partnering with Start-Ups

AARP is collaborating with PULSE@MassChallenge an accelerator program, and also working with three Massachusetts-based companies to advance healthcare and improve patient well-being. These companies include Folia Health., Orbita, and Pillo Health

Earlier this year, 32 finalist start-ups from over 500 applicants entered the 2018 PULSE@MassChallenge accelerator program. The start-ups selected to participate in the Challenge were digital health start-ups that have raised less than $5 million in funding and have generated less than $5 million in revenue.

“As we work to provide innovative solutions for people 50 plus, we seek to collaborate with like-minded innovators who are focused on solving today’s healthcare challenges,” said Andy Miller, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Product Development at AARP. “Folia Health, Orbita, and Pillo are focusing on some of the biggest health issues of our day, including diabetes management, remote patient monitoring, and social isolation.”

Folia Health, a developer of web and mobile tools, is working with AARP to develop web and mobile tools to enable caregivers to capture daily observations and record data by answering simple, personalized multiple choice questions that can be easily shared with the patient’s doctor. The goal is to understand how the product may best meet the needs of the 50 plus diabetic caregiver and diabetic population.

Orbita, a developer of a voice experience management platform is capable of leveraging the next generation voice assistants using AI technologies. The devices will be able to communicate with people in natural language. AARP and Orbita are studying solutions that use voice to streamline care coordination and also to reduce social isolation, particularly related to the 50 plus population

Pillo Health and AARP are studying the needs of newly diagnosed patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and how effectively the diabetes management solution will work when delivered into the home via Pillo an in-home companion robot and voice-first countertop device. This device will be able to leverage voice and health data to guide users on medications and care plan adherence while connecting individuals with caregivers and family members.

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