WASHINGTON –AARP has selected three digital health startups from the recent Pulse@MassChallenge innovation competition to study solutions that improve health communication and collaboration through voice technology.
Orbita, Pillo and Folia were chosen to collaborate with AARP to advance their technologies.
“These three companies stood out as having innovative solutions to address health and caregiving challenges,” said Andy Miller, senior vice president of innovation and product development for AARP. “We felt we could have an impact on how they build their businesses, based on the insights we can provide on behalf of our 38 million members, and what we know about the preferences and behaviors of this diverse demographic.”
The work will include incorporating Orbita’s voice technology and Folia’s web and mobile health tools into Pillo’s in-home companion robot to guide newly diagnosed patients with Type 2 diabetes on medication and care plan adherence. The device will be introduced into select homes in the Boston area this month.
Miller said he expects voice technology to be an important part of future digital health tools.
“Voice is intuitive, easy to use and available to people of all ages,” he said. “With the variety of affordable voice-enabled devices available, it makes sense that more and more people, including those age 50-plus, will use voice for a variety of reasons, including managing their health care.”
Miller said that combining voice technology with artificial intelligence for remote monitoring of patients allows clinicians to diagnose and accurately respond to the health needs of seniors without a trip to the office or hospital.
“From the reminders that Pillo Health sends to people to take their pills, to Orbita’s chatbots and voice assistance to interact with remote patients, to voice tech that allows people to find the shortest wait times at nearby hospitals and emergency rooms—solutions are prevalent to help improve people’s health and wellness,” he said.
In addition to medication and care plan adherence for diabetes patients, the companies are working with AARP on using voice technology to reduce social isolation and streamline care coordination for seniors.