Earlier this year, a telehealth startup called Vital Care Services was selected with partner Pace University as winners of PILOT Health Tech NYC, an initiative launched by the city of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corp. Vital Care is using its $100,000 award to train Pace graduates in the hot telehealth sector, as well as to conduct research on the telehealth process.
In August, the company started a six-month pilot to test the effectiveness of telehealth in diverse communities in Manhattan and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. A handful of Pace student technicians help 127 study participants take their vitals through an Android-based tablet. The data is monitored remotely by Pace-trained registered nurses. The study's goals are to see if seniors can master telehealth, whether they can do so independently and willingly, and if they can use technology to educate themselves as patients.