Living Better, Together: Commercialization and Scaling of Healthy Points, A Social Media Solution to Chronic Disease
Student: Matthew Caponigro, 2015-2016
Sponsor: Healthy Points, South Bend, IN
Healthy Points is a new approach to preventative health care that encourages consistent health maintenance for long-term, high-frequency-maintenance diseases such as diabetes, while decreasing emergency hospitalizations and readmissions. Healthy Points unites patients with healthcare providers, community leaders, and each other to provide tips and support through a unique, social-media based online platform. By combining these multiple pathways to intervention with incentives (in the form of food vouchers, wireless data, and other rewards), Healthy Points more effectively encourages self-managed care.