One of the fastest growing trends in health care is the development of digital tools to help individuals and providers manage their care. To date, however, most of these innovations have only been aimed at relatively healthy, middle- to upper-middle class populations.
Through the Digital Health Initiative, CHCS worked to bring the potential benefits of digital health tools to low-income populations with complex needs. Several of the features of this population, including their high prevalence of housing instability, difficulty accessing regular and affordable transportation, and the number of conditions they concurrently manage, make them ideal targets for digital health solutions.
With support from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, CHCS hosted two digital health developer challenges aimed at encouraging start-ups, entrepreneurs, and other innovators to design tools that meet the specific needs of this population.
- The first challenge, Super-Utilizer Health Innovation Challenge, encouraged developers and entrepreneurs to design or tailor digital health products for low-income individuals with complex needs. Learn more »
- The second challenge, Digital Health for Complex Populations: Pilot Challenge, paired Commonwealth Care Alliance with Orbita, a company focused on connected home health care, to pilot a product that streamlines personal care attendant scheduling and tracking. Learn more »
Through a series of webinars and published resources, CHCS also worked to educate state policymakers, health care delivery systems, and managed care plans about opportunities for leveraging digital tools to better manage the health care needs of complex populations