Stroke is a disease and type of brain injury resulting from an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain. It is the fifth leading
cause of death in the U.S. and the top preventable cause of disability, according to the “2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update” released by the American Heart Association and other sources.
Stroke has prevention, detection, and rehabilitation components, and ties to issues of aging, mobility, and mental health. The 2016-17 HFA fellows began the program in mid-September, focusing on the full continuum of stroke care, including before, during, and after stroke. As a result of a unique program pivot, the 2016-17 fellows are pursuing two solutions in their implementation phase. See below for executive summaries of Galva, the fellows' solution to better support the hospital-to-home transition for stroke survivors and caregivers, and KnightCap, a smart sleep mask that monitors for wake-up stroke.
Attending MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) Innovations Forum, Connected Health Conference, Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, Lean Startup Week, South by Southwest Interactive, International Stroke Conference, and more.
Conducting a series of stroke simulations to better understand and empathize with stroke prevention, detection, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Interviewing, shadowing, and collaborating with a range of stakeholders in the stroke landscape—patients, caregivers, clinicians, administrators, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, executives, and others.
Follow the HFA blog for updates on the fellows’ journey to make a difference throughout the exploration, ideation, and implementation phases of the program.