On November 11th, the Comeback KC Ventures program held its first Innovation Showcase, highlighting 12 entrepreneurs who are developing new products and services in response to COVID-19. The full list of entrepreneurs who presented can be found below, along with a brief description of their solution and a link to a recording of their presentation. […]
KC Digital Drive’s Air Quality Sensors project was recently highlighted as part of MetroLab Network and Government Technology’s Innovation of the Month Series, which highlights impactful tech, data and innovation projects underway between cities and universities. The sensor project is focused on reducing air pollution in COVID-19 hot beds and improving overall air quality using citizen-accessible data and sensors.
KC Digital Drive and the UMKC Innovation Center are seeking to recruit 20 entrepreneurial fellows as part of a project to fund and support innovative solutions for needs exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 21st, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the 17 recipients of their Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) Stage 2 Awards. One of the winners was the Connecting Underrepresented Youths with Employment Opportunities, led by the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. This project, which KC Digital Drive is partnering on, will build and test an integrated mobile application to help underrepresented youth find and access out-of-school-time learning opportunities.
In 2020, Children’s Mercy Hospital received an $8.5 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to form the Rising T1DE Alliance (RTA), an initiative to improve Type 1 Diabetes care by leveraging predictive analytics to improve inform behavioral care interventions and allow for the iterative testing of alternative care pathways.
MoodSpark was founded in 2020 to develop a digital companion for seniors suffering from loneliness, anxiety, and depression. MoodSpark’s companion is designed to detect signs of sadness and distress in elderly patients and respond with emotional memories, personalized conversations, and video visits with friends and family that can help to distract, re-direct, and uplift.
On July 13, 2021, the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) announced the four nonprofit recipients of its Kansas Digital Equity and Inclusion Collaborative grant. KC Digital Drive (KCDD) is one of the four recipients, all receiving a 3-year, $250,000 award. The “initiative will support multi-sector community collaboratives to develop and advocate for policies, programs and services […]
In April 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a $200 million plan to provide telehealth funding to hospitals, many of which were scrambling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the CARES Act, the FCC set aside the funds for provider organizations who could apply for telehealth-related assistance. Excelsior Springs Hospital located […]
The Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (HTRC) is one of 12 regional and two national telehealth resource centers committed to implementing telehealth programs for rural and underserved communities. These centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The HTRC provides assistance free of charge to […]
Unite Us is an information sharing, healthcare coordination platform that engages communities in order to better serve community members. Unite Us works with many community-based organizations (CBOs) at no cost, thanks to the sponsorship of regional health information exchange CyncHealth. Unite Us is expanding into Kansas and Missouri with Unite Kansas + Unite Missouri. Two […]