Verizon is focused on bringing new solutions and social innovation to healthcare, expanding the market for our services and improving the lives of customers and consumers.
Our Foundation works with non-profit groups to find technology solutions that improve healthcare for children, women and seniors. Our work is done through strategic partnerships, through informed grant-making that represents an investment in results, and through the exceptional volunteer spirit of Verizon's employees.
We're working hard to bring these efforts into the mainstream and leverage what we do best.
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 and Grants
Mending the Smiles of Those Who Need it Most
An electronic medical records pilot project expands the reach of the Dental Clinic at MEND — Meet Each Need with Dignity — a volunteer dental clinic in the Northeast San Fernando Valley – with help from Verizon. [ Learn More ]
Innovative, Tech-Enabled Tuberculosis Treatment-Monitoring System Debuts in San Diego
The University of California, San Diego and the Verizon Foundation demonstrated a new therapy system designed to ensure that tuberculosis patients follow their treatment regimen. The program, Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT), enables patients to record their daily treatments on smartphones and send them to health departments, which can monitor them remotely. [ Learn More ]
La Maestra Community Health Centers
The Verizon Foundation is partnering with La Maestra Community Health Centersto accelerate new health care solutions focused on children to reduce healthcare disparities, improve access and quality of care, and empower patients in need with better chronic-disease management tools. Since last fall, thousands of local children and families have had access to quality medical and dental services, specialty care and health education at schools, housing complexes, community events and key shopping areas in their communities.
Guide Dogs of the Desert
Verizon employees, local community members and your FiOS SoCal team presented Guide Dogs of the Desert with their Verizon Foundation grant.
Seniors stay healthy and active with new chronic disease self-management program supported by Verizon
Seniors are learning how to stay healthy and active to reduce the risk factors that contribute to heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, and diabetes through a new chronic disease self-management program offered by Self-Help for the Elderly, supported by a grant from the Verizon Foundation. The $50,000 grant is helping seniors better manage their chronic conditions and stay independent.
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.
New Technology Eases Monitoring for Patients with Tuberculosis
A new mobile-health technology system called Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT) -- developed by Richard Garfein, PhD, and researchers at the School of Medicine and Qualcomm Institute/Calit2 at UC San Diego -- provides a less-intrusive treatment program for patients with tuberculosis (TB) to help ensure medical adherence. The program is funded in part by the Verizon Foundation.
Verizon Powerful Answers - Health Care
Verizon is helping to create technologies that enhance healthcare delivery and emergency response. Because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions. [ Learn More ]
Providing Strong Solutions in Health Care
With Americans spending more than $2.6 trillion on healthcare 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.
Engineered for Innovation
The new Verizon 4G LTE network is opening new possibilities for remote healthcare.
Verizon Health Information Exchange
Secure. Interoperable. Comprehensive. The Verizon Health Information Exchange, a cloud-based platform delivered "as-a-service", improves efficiency and control costs. More importantly, by transforming how patient health data is securely accessed and shared, it provides health care practitioners with critical information, where and when it is needed.