March 2, 2017 | Press Release


Hamilton, NJ, March 2, 2017 – 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.

Learn more about the pilot project...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.

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About the Center for Health Care Strategies

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center committed to improving health care quality for low-income Americans. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and consumer groups to develop innovative programs that better serve people with complex and high-cost health care needs. Its program priorities are: enhancing access to coverage and services; advancing delivery system reform; and integrating services for people with complex needs. Learn more at www.chcs.org.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: share.kp.org.