We forge innovative, technology-based partnerships to address disparities in healthcare, and improve quality and access for those disproportionately affected by chronic disease. We also support programs that focus on domestic violence prevention and victim relief.
We're working hard to bring these efforts into the mainstream and leverage what we do best, right here in the Bay State.
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 Grants and Events
Visually Impaired Students in Boston Test Innovative Technology
Trials of the Visus Visual Assist system took place in July with a group of middle-school aged students in a summer enrichment program at the world-renowned Carroll Center for the Blind, located just outside Boston, Mass. The solution, which was developed in collaboration with the Verizon Innovation Program, will allow blind and visually-impaired people to recognize faces, determine colors, and navigate their travel, all with the help of wireless technology. [ Learn More ]
Lauren Titus, Education/Outreach/Prevention coordinator at Independence House; Barnstable High School students Sarah Giannetti, Katherine Anzola, Erin O’Day and Scot Girvan; Donna Cupelo, Verizon New England; Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, executive director of Independence House; Senate President Therese Murray; Independence House Board President Lauren Kanzer and Board Vice President Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos.
Independence House received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support a teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship program for high school students on Cape Cod.
Independence House will use funds to expand the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Respectful Youth Relationships Program to educate some 60 students at Barnstable and Dennis-Yarmouth High Schools about dating violence while promoting healthy relationships.
YWCA of Greater Lawrence
The YWCA of Greater Lawrence received a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to help support domestic violence awareness programs for health care professionals and first responders.
L to R: Mary O’Brien of the YWCA and Verizon's Stephanie Lee
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
The Verizon Foundation gave $10,000 to support Boston Health Care for the Homeless' Family Behavioral Health Program.
Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities
Verizon's Center for Customers with Disabilities (VCCD) in Marlborough, fields over 350,000 calls per year and is staffed by service representatives who assist customers with vision, cognitive, mobility, speech or hearing disabilities and provide them with technology solutions that meet their individual needs.
Smart Vision Labs - Powerful Answers
Smart Vision Labs- The winner of the Pwowerful 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 Research to 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.