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VitalAlly is a virtual health collaboration tool helping families care for their most precious relationships.

Our mission is to improve senior health and reduce medical costs through consistent health routine management and care team collaboration.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

VitalAlly enables patient, families, and caregivers to collaborate to help seniors remain medically compliant and manage chronic diseases so they don’t become life-threatening. The system consists of 1.) a twice-a-day medical routine with reminders and care team alerts, 2.) tracking and reporting health indicators such as sleep and mood and 3.) unique user experiences. These three items combine to benefit families through lowered medical costs and reduced guilt through collaboration.

The VitalAlly platform is a virtual family health collaboration tool helping families care for their most precious relationships.

There is one constant for all living things and that is the surety that we will age.  As we age, we lose our ability to manage our health, household and even aspects of our daily regiment.  With senior care costs rising and a disproportionate segment of the population entering their sunset years, many of us rely on our families as our primary caretakers. As a consequence, family members often experience significant disruption to their lives, careers, and independence. 

VitalAlly enables families and caregivers to collaborate virtually to help patients remain medically compliant and manage diseases so they don’t become life-threatening. The platform consists of a unique suite of virtual collaboration tools for each caregiver's profile (family, paid caregiver, etc.), all designed to collaborate on varying patient needs. Whether it’s sharing a special moment, paying for a caregiver, or reminding the patient to take their medication, VitalAlly replaces numerous texts, emails and phone calls, and handles payments. It provides the ability for everyone to be an active part of the care team while living far away or on the go. This is accomplished through automated daily health reports that are securely transmitted to the family members and outside providers.

VitalAlly comes from a personal story by our CEO and co-founder, Leslie Errington. The process was developed through her family story where her mother managed her diabetes without any issues for twenty-five years until she was diagnosed in 2015 with Alzheimer’s. Six months later, her diabetes became out-of-control, nearing blindness and hospitalization.

Leslie, living hours away, and her sister Lisa, living close by, came together in love and intervened in a way where they worked with her two times a day to help her stay medically compliant. Within six months her A1C levels dropped by four points and she was happier, healthier, and continues to remain independent.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We are starting with a 1-month alpha that includes Leslie and her sister tracking and monitoring their mother's health routines. We will then begin a closed beta with 5 families who provide care for a senior with Alzheimer's and Diabetes. The beta will last 3-months as we track metrics and milestones that validate our mission of increased patient medical compliance and collaboration. Lastly, we will monitor the health changes to further prove our methodology works with other families.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We know we need to prove this works with other families. The question is, what are the key metrics to look for? We are currently exploring go-to-market strategies and gaining attention through related topics on social media. We see the OpenIDEO community helping us by identifying strategic partners, identifying future growth techniques, and validating the UX/UI of our mobile app design. Adoption is critical and we know our users need to have an incredible user experience for this to happen.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 4 months - 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

Leslie Errington, 20 years executive experience in startups, life sciences, pharma, big data, and a daughter who created the process backing VitalAlly. Matthew Boreen, 15 years experience as a senior technology leader, entrepreneur, app design and development, AI, and machine learning.

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Hi Leslie,

I dont have much to give on the 'next steps forward' front, but i will say that similar to your mother, my father had diabetes and it went unmanaged. He eventually lost use of his legs b/c it got so bad. Now he has early stage cognitive dementia (also due to being a caretaker for my mom). Its still a constant struggle to help him to remember to take all the medication he needs. Kudos to you and looking forward to hearing about developments.

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Hi Tonia,

Thanks for your feedback. I'm so sorry to hear about your father and the devastating side effects of diabetes as well as dementia. Your story is an example of what we want to stop from happening. Thank you for sharing. I only wish we could have helped your family before he lost the use of his legs.

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