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vitaTrackr Launches Connected Austin Initiative to Study Hypertension in East Austin
Collaboration Between Business, Nonprofits and Government Facilitated by Austin Community Foundation
By: vitaTrackr, Inc
"The Connected Austin initiative is designed to bring together the best of Austin – our health care system and our technology innovators – to create a first- of-its-kind health data marketplace that gives patients control of their health data." said Brian Baum, CEO of vitaTrackr. Completing this important step with the Austin Community Foundation paves the way to establish a universal nationwide health data solution that gives patients control of their health data and supports the delivery of health care in the 21st century.
Hypertension and stroke combine to be the number one cause of death in Austin. The Eastern Crescent community is one of the highest risk populations and will be the initial focus of Connected Austin. Baum added, we recognize Mayor Adler's strong commitment to health equality. We believe that technology has the potential to foster care equality and look forward to leveraging technology to advance the health of this community.
Participants will be invited to join a six-month trial where blood pressure will be measured for each participant on a systematic basis. Connected Austin health care providers, mobile apps, and a clinical study will have access to the health data as authorized by the individual patient participants.
"Austin Community Foundation sees the Connected Austin initiative as a natural extension of the Foundation's commitment to forging collaborations for community-wide impact, said Mike Nellis, CEO of Austin Community Foundation. "It's exciting for us to facilitate this pilot program. We're anxious to learn how this innovation-based approach can make a real difference for people."
Connected Austin plans to hold its East Austin Hypertension Study kickoff event in the near future. A number of area health care executives and community leaders will attend to present the parameters of the study. Baum said, we believe Connected Austin will further the Austin community position as a leader in health innovation.
vitaTrackr is the global leader in organizing an independent health data marketplace. The company is creating a health data marketplace that facilitates the movement of health data from the point at which it is created to qualified destinations that value it. vitaTrackr is an independent, industry-wide utility that benefits all, but advantages no individual sector or entity. The company is based in Austin, Texas. www.vitatrackr.com
Jeff Hahn (representing vitaTrackr)