COLUMBIA, MD: MedStar Health, the non-profit health system has integrated with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to stimulate innovation for healthy aging.
With the announcement, MedStar has become the newest founding member of Project Catalyst, a project by AARP that inserts the 50-plus consumer at the front end of the process so that new products and services more effectively address their needs, resulting in greater relevance and adoption.
AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.
They have come together as there is not enough technology that can meet needs of 50-plus people especially in the health and wellness and the digital health space.
“We are pleased to welcome MedStar Health to Project Catalyst. As a diverse healthcare system with a deep commitment to innovation, including digital health and human factors expertise, MedStar adds a valuable dimension of insight and knowledge from the frontline of patient care,” says Jody Holtzman, AARP Senior Vice President Thought Leadership.
Operating through the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) - the hub of its innovation ecosystem- MedStar will support independent research and testing of new and emerging products. Also, 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.