The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the MassTech Collaborative seeks digital health companies who are developing and validating remote patient monitoring solutions that support community-dwelling older adults with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) to participate in the Massachusetts Medicaid Challenge: Revolutionizing Home-Based Care. Challenge finalists will compete for the opportunity to pilot their solution with members of the WellSense Senior Care Options (SCO) plan. The pilot opportunity is valued at $50,000 and will be supported by a collaboration of two of MeHI’s Digital Health Sandboxes: UMass Chan Medical School and UMass Lowell.
The deadline to apply is March 8, 2024.
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Challenge Areas and Solutions Sought
This Challenge seeks remote patient monitoring solutions for community-dwelling older adults with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Solutions should provide an alternative approach to periodic, outpatient assessments of people living with dementia (PLwD) and provide ongoing, actionable, in-home assessments of changes in their symptoms and responses to interventions.
Solutions should track symptoms and alert users, including providers and family caregivers, to behaviors and events that may signal severe BPSD or adverse health outcomes. Solutions should identify digital biomarkers that can be tracked and used to detect falls, wandering events, or other events that lead to avoidable emergency department visits. Solutions may include wearables, passive monitoring devices, or other devices to remotely monitor PLwD.
All applicants must address the unique needs of WellSense’s SCO population, including racial inequities, geographic limitations, accessibility concerns, broadband access, and digital literacy, among others. To learn more about WellSense’s organization and their priorities for the pilot, view their response to MeHI’s SCO Plan Mini-Bid.
Applicants from across the country can apply for this Challenge. A group of external expert reviewers will evaluate applicants and recommend 3-6 companies to participate in the program. Reviewers will evaluate applications on the proposed solution’s uniqueness in the market, potential commercial viability, and ability to support SCO plan members with BPSD. Reviewers will also consider the applicant’s ability to work with Medicaid beneficiaries and their commitment to incorporating social determinants of health and building cultural competence into their solution.
Companies selected for the program will participate in a one-day virtual workshop and pitch prep sessions. The workshop may include an introduction to SCO plans and the Massachusetts Medicaid Program, including their priorities and how they work with and evaluate technology solutions. Companies will also be provided with pitch prep coaching to prepare for the final pitch competition.
The final pitch competition will be held virtually and the selected companies will pitch before a panel of expert judges. Judges will select one winner to work with UMass Chan Medical School (UMCMS) and UMass Lowell (UML) to pilot their solutions with members of the WellSense SCO plan. Funding for the pilot will be paid directly from MeHI to UMCMS, UML, and WellSense to cover their fees for conducting the pilot. No funding will be provided directly to the Challenge winner.
Applicants do not need to meet a minimum requirement of revenue or investment to participate in the program, however, applicants must propose a new solution that is ready for a pilot implementation. Companies that have participated in an accelerator program previously will receive preference.
Applicants may be located anywhere in the United States.
Participants must agree to participate in annual follow-up surveys after the end of the program. The survey will ask about company metrics, including:
- Number of jobs created at your company;
- Number of new customers gained;
- Number of new patents, copyrights, or trademarks obtained; and
- Diversity of your board members and/or executive team.
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