Design PhD Student Wins QIT Fellowship

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Michael Arnold Mages, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design, and his team just won the QIT Health Innovators Fellowship with their app CareSupport, which provides caregivers with vetted info on their loved one's medication, mobility, and mental status, plus resources for caregivers. The fellowship, a competitive 12 week program designed to give students a meaningful entry into entrepreneurship dedicated to healthcare quality improvement through innovation, allowed the team to work closely with clinical and entrepreneurial mentors and a multi-disciplinary team, and engage with renowned leaders to move from idea to implementation.

"Our proposal for CareSupport looks to support in-home family caregivers," said Mages about the app. "We researched the literature and found that medication and mobility are the two biggest causes of early hospitalization, unneccessary Emergency Department visits, and early admission into long-term care facilities.

"We proposed this application as a way to help relatives who are caring for frail elderly learn the social practice of caring for someone."

The competition awarded the team, which also included Matthew Niesslein, Lavina Kenkre, and Laura Mazurkewicz with mentors Jan Pringle, PhD, and Neil Busis, MD, $5000 for further development of CareSupport.

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Photo courtsey of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Date Published: 
Monday, April 27, 2015
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