On June 29, 2015, MedStar Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, became the newest Founding Member of AARP's Project Catalyst|The Power of We. The program gives developers of popular and emerging products insight into how Americans 50-plus use technology, in order to identify ways to improve the devices for mature consumers. By aligning with the country’s preeminent advocacy organization for older Americans, MedStar is helping spur innovation in new and emerging digital technologies, products and experiences that can improve the lives of the rapidly growing 50-plus population.
“MedStar is deeply committed to advancing health in order for the members of our communities to live well as they age and have resources that add value to their lives. In joining forces with AARP, and our fellow partners, we are excited by the possibilities to promote healthy aging on a broader scale and to further transform health care in America,” said MedStar President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE.
Operating through the MedStar Institute for Innovation, MedStar will support independent research and testing of new and emerging products with findings and insights being shared publicly through Project Catalyst to help product developers and businesses better meet the needs of 50-plus consumers.
MedStar joins UnitedHealthcare and Pfizer as Founding Members, and will collaborate with Georgia Tech’s HomeLab, the project’s lead Insight Partner. Project Catalyst’s first study, which was announced in April 2015, is focused on sleep and activity trackers. Results of this study and future areas of focus will be reported in the coming weeks. Future studies are expected to concentrate on some of the nine health frontier areas that are ripe for investment and innovation that can serve the wants and needs of the 50-plus community. The nine frontier areas are:
- Medication Management
- Aging with Vitality
- Vital Sign Monitoring
- Care Navigation
- Emergency Detection & Response
- Physical Fitness
- Diet & Nutrition
- Social Engagement
- Behavioral & Emotional Health