The Partners Connected Health Fit Mind Challenge, an online contest seeking technology-enabled solutions that support cognitive function in an aging population, will select four finalists to pitch their ideas on the main stage at the Partners Connected Health Symposium on October 20 in Boston. The Challenge is being sponsored by AARP.
Health tech and app developers, engineers, innovators, healthcare providers and patients submitted their proposals and the online voting period is under way. The online voting is hosted on Medstro — a social networking platform for physicians — where a panel of expert judges and the community at large can vote to determine the finalists.
“Connected health technologies will become increasingly important with rising healthcare costs and an aging population. At Partners Connected Health, we are interested in developing tools that will promote healthy aging, engaging older adults in their health and wellness to keep them at home and living independently longer,” said Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, vice president, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare. “Our Fit Mind Challenge is yet another way for us to support innovation and help develop technology-driven solutions that address cognitive function in older adults.”
Advances in medicine have the promise to extend lifespan to 100 years or beyond, yet with age often comes cognitive impairment. Dementia affects approximately 2.4 to 5.5 million Americans, and it is estimated that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) could affect up to 42% of adults aged 65 years and older. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, healthcare innovators are racing to develop technology enabled solutions that help seniors detect the early warning signs of dementia, prolong lucidity and provide support to overburdened caregivers.
The 13th annual Partners Connected Health Symposium is focusing on innovation in technology-enabled healthcare, which is fueled, in large part, by startup companies, entrepreneurs and leading-edge clinicians. This two-day event will take place October 20-21 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center.
The voting period for the Challenge will remain open until Thursday, September 28, and interested parties can vote for their favorite submissions on the Fit Mind Challenge site. The live pitchoff event will be held on October 20th, from 4:15pm to 6:00pm, on the main stage of the Partners Connected Health Symposium.
To register, please visit the Fit Mind Challenge Live Event site.
Abby Ballou is the managing editor of MedTech Boston. She has a B.A. and M.Phil in English literature from NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center, respectively. When she isn't writing and editing for MedTech Boston, Abby enjoys reading, rock climbing, watching classic movies and listening to opera.
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