Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) occurs when the heart does not pump blood effectively to the body, either because the heart is too stiff or too weak to fill and pump efficiently. It affects about 5 million people in the United States, primarily in adults over the age of 65.
The Health for America fellows developed Meerkat Health, a thin scale that fits seamlessly under a bathmat at home, intended to help people with heart failure better detect and manage fluid buildup.
Partaking in an IDEO Design Workshop, Lean Startup Weekend, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Innovation Workshop
Shadowing clinicians, interviewing patients and hospital administrators, and speaking with healthcare entrepreneurs and policy makers
Prototyping, user testing, and iterating on the Meerkat solution to improve CHF outcomes
Nick Azpiroz, Megan Caldwell, Sandra Hwang, and Ellen Kourakos Learn more about the team on our Alumni page.