Now Viewing: Networks

Utility Data May Create Innovative Safety Net for Seniors

Jan 30, 2014, 4:30 PM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

L9991811

In the wake of Google’s acquisition of Nest, the much buzzed about maker of sensor driven thermostats, we’ve made our own investment in a Silicon Valley organization that seeks to make smart use of household utility data. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Innovation Center is developing a home-based solution for proactively detecting changes in a senior’s social and physical health status. LinkAges Connect will use in-home data signals, such as utility use patterns, to monitor older adults’ health and support independent living at home.  Significant changes in use patterns will automatically trigger an alert to caregivers, thus providing a community safety net for seniors and peace of mind for their loved ones. As we look for sustainable solutions in elderly care, this nonintrusive home-based system could improve health outcomes for seniors by reducing accidents and hospitalizations.

View Full Post

Faces of Public Health: Daniel Zoughbie

Jan 27, 2014, 12:00 PM, Posted by Deborah Bae

070726.tt.RWJF.Kenyon.00427

We have evidence from the work of Nicholas Christakis and others that our health is influenced by our social network—our friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. With Microclinic International, we’re learning how and why health behaviors are spread socially and how to best harness social networks to manage chronic disease and improve health. Learn more in this NewPublicHealth interview with Daniel Zoughbie, PhD, MSc, of Microclinic International.

Could Good Health Be Contagious?

Nov 18, 2013, 6:00 PM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

teamup4health group exercise

A study released this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions provides early evidence indicating that social networks can be leveraged to spread good health. The study, which is the first long-term randomized trial of its kind in the U.S., recruited friends and families in rural Kentucky into "microclinic" social network clusters. Together, the microclinic groups attended weekly social events, such as physical activity sessions and nutrition classes.  Collectively called Team Up 4 Health, these activities were supported with gifts from Humana, a health care company focused on wellness, as well as funding from the Mulago Foundation and the Goldsmith Foundation. Microclinic members lost more weight and more inches from their waistlines than those who received standard individual care. Microclinic participants sustained these results over time, lasting beyond the 10-month program period to even six months later.

View Full Post

Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Crowdsourcing Lifestyle Health Experiments

Oct 11, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Christopher Robertson, visiting professor at Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center Christopher Robertson, visiting professor at Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center

Christopher Robertson, a visiting professor at Harvard Law's Petrie-Flom Center (@PetrieFlom), wants to create a platform that engages social networks to enroll millions of people in large-scale randomized experiments. Robertson was one of eight finalists we invited to pitch us their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Read Robertson's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

View Full Post

Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Creating a Social Epidemic of Safety

Oct 8, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

MedStar Health

Safety is contagious, says the team at MedStar Health. Their vision calls for leveraging existing social networks within health care to create a social epidemic of safety. They were one of eight finalists invited to pitch us their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. MedStar Health was one of the three presenters invited to submit a full proposal for potential funding. Read the team's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

The MedStar Health team that will be presenting at Pitch Day includes Sarah Henrickson Parker, PhD, Allan Fong, MS, and Raj Ratwani, PhD. You can follow MedStar Health on Twitter at  @Mi2innovation.

View Full Post