Research

The Context

Elderly members of society and patients with chronic illness are often seen as frail and helpless, but this is often a false assumption. Our service, Vytality™, provides smoother access to healthcare providers and connection to caregivers via AI and machine learning, enhancing connection and community as understood by elders and patients as well as caregivers.

Our research aims to understand the elderly and patients with chronic illness more deeply, breaking down misconceptions to design Vytality™ so that it’s better targeted to our patients' and elders’ long-term health goals and needs on a personal level. Contrary to popular belief, we have found that many aging patients are interested in using newer “smart” technologies for their health needs and have common concerns with current products.

By continuing this research, Peakfoqus can fully address the needs of users and their families, and maximize its use nationally.

About Vytality™

Our mobile solution Vytality™ makes use of real-time data and easy-to-follow prompts powered by AI that give users and their caregivers up-to-date information on their maintenance plans and provide an open channel of communication.

Our Vytality™ community solution also provides organizations serving elders and patients with a community-wide emergency response system.

Seniors and smart watches?

The Peakfoqus watch should be a great instrument for seniors to use in the future. Eight out of nine seniors interviewed in our pilot study said that they would rather wear a watch versus a necklace for fall detection.

We believe this watch will make senior citizens more tech savvy while giving them the help they need based on our conversations and pilot study results. -Spring 2015, The Pace Peakfoqus Study Group

User Adoption Studies

Technological Interest in Elderly Individuals - Customer Validation Study #1 ›

Pace U Gerontechnology program: Brookdale/Hallmark (NYC)

Study link. Nine seniors who took part in an eight-week computer tutoring program at Pace University were administered a survey to assess their willingness, comfort, and knowledge surrounding technology.

The majority of patients reported a lack of proficiency with their devices, but they all agreed that technology is good overall, highlighting the need for a user-friendly device that the elderly can learn to use.

Moreover, after taking part in the computer tutoring program, all participants reported increased levels of confidence with technology, showing this population can grow accustomed to new technology if given the right attention.

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Customer Validation Study #2 ›

Pace U Gerontechnology program: Pace University - Brookdale/Hallmark, Carter Burden (NYC)

Approximately 20 seniors from two different senior centers were surveyed to establish barriers to their adoption of smart watch technology.

Similarly to the previous study, participants reported a general interest in new technology but difficulty in learning to use such devices.

High cost, lack of compatibility with older phone models, and small buttons and text size were the largest barriers identified, providing concrete pain-points that can be addressed by Vytality™.

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User Validation Study ›

General Assembly: Various individuals and their caregivers (SF)

Designed product mock-ups and prototypes that were presented to caregivers and seniors in three separate studies. Key insights gained were that seniors value autonomy, desire technological competency, and want to feel included in their healthcare maintenance plans.

Conversely, caretakers wish to easily contact their loved-ones and keep track of their health remotely to avoid feelings of guilt surrounding regular health check-ins.

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