Verizon Foundationdefines "quality of life" in these terms - 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.
Find out more about what we're doing to reach these objectives and improve quality of life in Texas.
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.
Volunteer Spotlight: A Grandmother to All the Kids at Texas Children’s Hospital
Marsha Hampton has been volunteering at Texas Children’s Hospital since 2011. She originally started by managing a “fun cart” containing coloring books, toys and games. It was created to keep the siblings of sick children occupied while their parents and brother or sister visited with a doctor. Now she volunteers every Sunday afternoon for three hours in the hospitals’ play room. [ Learn More ]
Featured Events, Grants and Videos
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 Research to test technology that makes it easier to improve healthcare for women and make sure technology reaches those who need it most.
Children’s Medical Center Gets a Powerful Answer
The Children's Medical Center in Dallas received an extra dose of technology support when it teamed up with Verizon Wireless, the Office of the National Coordinator and Microsoft HealthVault to launch the Portable Health Record Pilot. The program allows patients to receive all medical records and information on their smartphones and tablets. [ Learn More ]
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.
9th Annual World Health Care Congress
Excerpts from Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam's speech to the 9th Annual World Health Care Congress. He discusses the current state of technology in the health care system and how Verizon's holistic approach to health IT can help transform the industry.