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

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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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

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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

Measures or indicators judges might use to assess entries

Innovations in dementia care and support might be assessed against the following Likert scales: 1 = Not credible or convincing; 3 = Neutral; 5 = Very credible and convincing 1. The specific customer/stakeholder is clearly defined 2. The problem this customer is having is clearly described 3. This solution is clearly better (creates new value) than what exists now for this problem 4. The innovation/solution being proposed ...more »

Submitted by (@chrislaxton)

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3 votes

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 »

Submitted by (@carmen2u)

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2 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

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

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

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Bridging gulfs between tech and demented minds.

People often experience elusive communication in a way with patients’ dementia. To address the difficulties in understanding people with dementia speaking, through the communication device (e.g., similar to the device that Stephen Hawking used or supercomputer or iPhone Siri) will allow clearer judgment to understand the needs of patients with dementia. This approach is innovative because the device can 1) prolong ...more »

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13 votes

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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

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