LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (LHCC) is debuting its Healthcare Innovation Engine through the launch of two inaugural pilots in Louisville.
Established in 2017, LHCC is comprised of 12 major health care companies, all headquartered in Louisville. Representing the nation’s largest group of aging innovation companies and spanning the entire continuum of care, these corporations are exploring innovative solutions to health care challenges related to a growing, aging demographic through collaboration and data-sharing, ultimately removing barriers and improving health outcomes.
The Healthcare Innovation Engine was created by leveraging the collective engagement of LHCC CEOs. The engine is a process by which health care system gaps are determined, relevant potential solutions are identified, and the innovations are then piloted, measured, and maximized, allowing the LHCC to create a robust stream of innovation that not only improves health outcomes but also strengthens Louisville’s health care ecosystem and economic vibrancy.
An integral piece of the Innovation Engine is LHCC’s pilot program, which provides entrepreneurs mentorship, funding, and access to patient populations to test their innovations and draw valuable, data-driven insights about health impact. The inaugural 2021 pilots will address social determinants of health, specifically social isolation and loneliness. Kentucky ranks 48th out of 50 states for risk factors associated with social isolation among older adults, making loneliness a critical concern.
The first pilots will test Famileo, an innovation identified through a global innovation search conducted by Aging2.0 in conjunction with LHCC’s CareTech Pitch Competition. First launched in France, Famileo helps seniors connect with their loved ones through a customized family newsletter, alleviating feelings of loneliness and isolation. Scheduled to launch first in long-term care populations, this innovation will be tested in Louisville’s Signature HealthCARE and Trilogy Health Services facilities.
Launching in June, a second pilot will evaluate the impact of loneliness and social isolation on aging in place populations in Louisville’s most at-risk populations, with a particular focus on Black, minority and ethnic community members.