Verizon Foundationdefines "quality of life" in these terms - the ability to live a life free from domestic violence, to have access to the health information and services you need when you need them and to live as an independent and productive member of your community.
We invest in projects that provide technology to help underserved populations and people with disabilities access information on critical health issues. We also support innovative technology that helps healthcare providers increase their efficiency, effectiveness and reach.
Powerful Answers Awards
On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the healthcare category.
The winners in the healthcare category address a variety of issues, including allowing healthcare providers to visualize the network of care around patients; how to identify and treat diseases early through a combination of big data, biotechnology and telemedicine; and a solution that monitors patients on the anticoagulation therapy warfarin. Other winners focus on how to address hearing loss in developing countries with better screening techniques and an app that does portable vision examinations in a low-cost, non-invasive manner. [ Learn More ]
Smart Vision Labs- $1 million – a portable vision examination device that, with a single snapshot, measures refractive errors of the eye and generates prescriptions – all without patient interaction. The pocket-sized and low cost Smart Aberrometer uses a smartphone’s flashlight and camera, combined with an add-on microlens array, to improve the way people get their vision evaluated.
Seratis- $850,000 – a patient-centric mobile platform that allows doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to communicate more easily and request and share patient-specific care data.
Freenome - $700,000 – an innovative and cost-effective solution for monitoring patients and populations over time to better detect disease.
Solar Ear- $500,000 – a hearing screening program for those in developing countries where there is limited access to hearing testing, hearing aids and hearing-care facilities.
Factor 14 - $285,000 – a fully integrated warfarin management solution that gives patients and healthcare providers the ability to efficiently and accurately make warfarin dosage adjustments, helping to produce improved patient outcomes and substantial savings to insurers.
Featured Events & Grants
Verizon Presents $15,000 Grant to the Judeo Christian Health Clinic
The Verizon Foundation presented a $15,000 grant to the Judeo Christian Health Clinic (Tampa, FL). The Judeo Christian Health Clinic provides free healthcare services to low income families. The funding will provide support for items such as medical, dental and vision supplies as well as medications and other clinic costs.
Verizon Presents $15,000 Grant to the Pasco County Mobile Medical Care Unit
Verizon presented a $15,000 grant to the Pasco County Mobile Medical Care Unit, which provides free medical care to the homeless and uninsured. Verizon’s support will enable the unit provide care to more residents of Pasco County as well as support educational material for clients with chronic disease such as hypertension and diabetes.
Miami's First Telemedicine-Enabled Mobile Medical Clinic to Make a Difference for Underserved Local Children
The Verizon Foundation and the Children’s Health Fund launched an innovative partnership on July 25, 2013, in Miami, introducing the first of 15 telemedicine-enabled mobile medical clinics. The Miami pediatric mobile medical clinic enables underserved local patients to consult with specialists from the University of Miami Health System, using UM’s advanced telehealth program. [ Learn More ]
The Spring of Tampa Bay
Verizon recently presented a $15,000 grant to The Spring of Tampa Bay to help support its Social Change Program - Youth Prevention and Awareness. The Spring is the Department of Children and Families (DCF) certified Domestic Violence Center for Hillsborough County. Learn more about the great work they're doing. Visithttp://www.thespring.org.
Smart Vision Labs - Powerful Answers
Smart Vision Labs- The winner of the Powerful Answers Awards top prize in the healthcare category, Smart Vision Labs developed a portable vision examination device that, with a single snapshot, measures refractive errors of the eye and generates prescriptions – all without patient interaction. The pocket-sized and low cost Smart Aberrometer uses a smartphone’s flashlight and camera, combined with an add-on microlens array, to improve the way people get their vision evaluated.
Converged Health Management
Verizon is addressing yet another critical issue faced by the U.S. healthcare system, with Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage their health in between doctor visits. [ Learn More ]
Using Technology to Improve Healthcare for Women
The Verizon Foundation has partnered with the Society for Women's Health Researchto test technology that makes it easier to improve healthcare for women and make sure technology reaches those who need it most.
Providing Strong Solutions in Health Care
With Americans spending more than $2.6 trillion on health care each year, and with many in rural and urban areas finding it difficult to access quality health care, the Verizon Foundation believes next-generation technologies - put in the hands of innovative partners - can help address these challenges.
Verizon and Digital Health Care Solutions
Verizon technology is helping advance patient-centered health care by connecting applications, machines, information, patients and healthcare professionals in their own environments.