Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

We need your thoughts to optimize our intended Eureka Prize Competition on using technology to improve care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Navigating the complex US healthcare system can be challenging for people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers. They must pursue an uncertain course of care of unknown duration across different care settings and interact with many different types of care providers and many different types of interventions. Models of dementia care have evolved in recent years and have the potential to improve outcomes. Barriers to adoption, however, include but are not limited to workforce limitations, the cost of practice redesign, and limited uptake by insurers and health systems.

The goal of our intended prize competition is to yield innovations that improve the quality of care for people living with AD/ADRD by establishing a proof of concept for the creation of a widely accessible and innovative technology tool(s) that addresses unmet needs in care coordination and/or care navigation through the health system. The concepts generated in this prize competition may be targeted at consumers (patients, caregivers), healthcare providers, healthcare service organizations, and/or health systems, and/or community, local, or state government, and will ideally foster connections between these stakeholders. For example, a collaboration between a technology company, EHR vendor and nursing home chain could yield EHR-based methods to improve care coordination.

We are looking for your ideas on the following topics as well as other related input that you would like to share:

• The possibility that this prize activity duplicates other ongoing activities in any relevant sector (e.g., academia, business)
• Attractiveness of this question to a broad audience of possible solvers
• The length of time solvers would need to develop a prize submission
• Metrics that judges might use to identify a winner

and 2 others

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'... more »

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14 votes

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Use a technology that helps them remember what information they need to know

Most Alzheimer patients can be helped when they hear the same information multiple times. There are multiples ideas about what needs to be done. However, there is a solution out there that is built already called VoixRx and it can used and built on. One of the main causes is that their short-term and long-term memory capabilities have been altered. It has been shown that they tend to remember more when they listen to... more »

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2 votes
(@sdickinson)

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

A prize specific to ADRDs

Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent but it is only one of several neurodegenerative diseases that lead to dementia. The heterogeneity among types of dementia and people impacted is part of what makes dementia care such a challenge for the US Healthcare system. For those facing one of the “related dementias” like frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) the challenge is compounded by the fact that most people and many medical... more »

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90 votes

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Alzheimer's Association Comments on Eureka Prize

The possibility that this prize activity duplicates other ongoing activities in any relevant sector (e.g., academia, business): Because technology to improve care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is a fast-growing field, the Alzheimer's Association believes that duplication is likely. We encourage the National Institute on Aging to include a data-driven approach in its review process to... more »

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2 votes
(@dlorick)

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Tag along Health Record (ipad, chromebook, like devices)

With most providers utilizing several different electronic health records and results from visits not share in the appropriate time frame. Or one shared patient portal related to his/her Alzheimer appointment. Recently has to take my family member to an urgent care facility as her PCP doesn't have weekend hours and we were at this appointment for five hours. My family member was severely dehydrated and required an... more »

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7 votes
(@mstewart4520)

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

TRANSITIONS

Caregiving can be a difficult change in the lives of those who care for loved ones. Transitions is a concept that would aid dementia/Alzheimer's caregivers, and any other caregivers with family members facing a debilitating health diagnosis, in their journey by providing an inclusive space to find tools, resources and information. An individualized plan would be created for each caregiver based on their current needs.... more »

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32 votes
(@jkelleher)

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

AD TV with direct interacting host.

All day TV program talking with patients getting them to interact. Maybe music that people in their 70-80s would enjoy along with the words. Have the "host" talking to the person directly. In a nursing home environment little interaction due to costs, this would be everything from exercises to questions about food and places visited.

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4 votes

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Connecting Medical Records

This past week I went in search of a physician who could assist me with a cognitive assessment in Nassau County. I reached out to one of my Geriatricians in the county who was immediately able to access my client's records, see his history and refer me to the appropriate Neuropsychologist. While I'm sure connecting records on a national level may be a daunting task - this process worked so expeditiously that I believe... more »

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8 votes

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Aging in Place: Home Safety Technology

According to a 2017 study that reviewed and reported on Marital Status and the risk of Dementia, it was concluded that "During follow-up, 31 572 individuals in the study were identified as demented. Cox regression showed each non-married subcategory to be associated with a significantly higher risk of dementia than the married group, with the highest risk observed among people in the young-old age group, especially among... more »

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4 votes
and 2 others

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Can we believe what people with dementia claim? Technology can!

One older adult says “I am not hungry,” but if this person has a severe cognitive impairment, how can we ensure that this person is physiologically hungry? Often, hunger and thurst levels of people with dementia may not be accurately accessed and care providers are challenged to interpret patients’ needs. Anterior pituitary gland (i.e., stimulated by Hypothalamus which release thirst related hormones) regulates thirst... more »

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14 votes

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Award prize to reflect needs of other dementias & young onset dementias & caregivers

This prize needs to take into account the fact that Alzheimers is not the only dementia (there are about 100 types so far described) & the fact that people who are too young to be eligible for Medicare & Medicaid (65+ years old) get dementias. My late father had a combination of FTD & CTE (he was a military veteran) and I gave him full time unpaid care at home from ages 36 - 46. 1 out of 4 caregivers is a millennial &... more »

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15 votes

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Caregivers need better transfer technology to make ADLs faster/safer for dementia patients

Suggestion category: Low-cost innovations to improve AD/ADRD care. Reason for entry: While the "ideas" site is for RFIs about the best ways to structure and frame the NIA's Eureka grant, this "application-like" idea attempts to motivate the NIA to focus the grant on gaps in assistive technology which make care giving challenging and unnecessarily costly. Drug therapies and more recently Internet-based information systems... more »

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5 votes
(@wxmedinc)

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

The Patient and The Weather

Our group of meteorologists and physicians have been researching the relationship of real-time weather and human health. We have found very strong relationships between several ongoing health concerns. We believe that using wearables, looking at patient databases of actions, medicine use, and emotion, we can co-relate with weather data. With that, we can actually predict some actions of risk. Weather impacts every aspect... more »

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1 vote
(@carmen2u)

Optimizing NIA’s Eureka Prize Competition Topic

Patient-Friendly Search Tool to Find Azheimer's Clinical Trials

Currently, Clinicaltrials.gov is the database featuring all clinical trials. Unfortunately, it is written in clinical-speak, making it hard to locate and detemine what clinical trials are available for participation. I suggest a simple app be created that combs the Clinicaltrials.gov database for recruiting trials based on the stage of Alzheimer's disease. This would expedite the search and allow patients and caregivers... more »

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2 votes