Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Shared database monitoring dementia progression: Real-time communication.

Problem statement: Despite the nature of dementia with several stages of progression, there is lack of robust communication system allowing up to date, real-time information that both medical professionals and care providers can monitor patients' health.


Challenge: Developing a shared restricted database that includes CT scan record results, neurological tests, and medical interpretations from physicians, and care providers' updates would allow tracking dementia’s progression in patients, permitting individualized care.


Innovation: Innovations include but not limited to: 1) facilitate real-time medical information facilitating better communication, 2) allow care providers (e.g., nursing home and assisted living staffs) to tailor their care for patients' state, 3) allow neurologists to monitor dementia’s progress of their patients' condition, 4) enhance and augment personalized quality of long-term medical care, 5) ease access to shared and consistent information through the database when patients switch care facilities, and 6) grant earlier warning to patients' families regarding onset of end of life care.


Implementation: Collaborations with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineers and scientists (e.g., Fujitsu, Google, and IBM) to create the proposed database, permitting sharing of this database exterior to the hospital environment (e.g., nursing home and assisted living). Given the backbone of developing the database, educational training for both care providers and doctors to utilize and understand the database will be essential.


Limitation: Security may be a concern, however the after-mentioned strategies to prevent this include: 1) a confidentiality agreement process to restrict any personal information release (e.g., Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA] restriction) preventing unintended information disclosure, 2) training on enclave virtual desktop infrastructure data security plan requirement and patient privacy educational training, and 3) database security regulators monitoring could address potential information leaks.



14 votes
Idea No. 334