Victor is CEO of care.coach and PI on NIH National Institute of Nursing Research award 1R44NR017842-01/02 ("A Protocol-Driven, Digital Conversational Agent at the Hospital Bedside to Support Nurse Teams and to Mitigate Delirium and Falls Risk") and congressional Department of Defense award W81XWH-18-1-0634 ("Digital Avatars for Psychosocial and Integrative Health Support of Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders").
Victor got started tinkering with tech at age six, programming role-playing games for MS-DOS. He worked in telemarketing, environmental research, aerospace manufacturing, particle physics, oil sands, medical robotics, and the Canadian military, before graduating as Wesbrook Scholar from University of British Columbia. In completing his Master's degree at MIT, he worked on NASA-sponsored human-machine interaction research and a clinical study at Brigham & Women's Hospital. His aging grandmother inspired him to start care.coach, a San Francisco Bay Area company developing and commercializing an avatar-enabled, human-in-the-loop patient support platform.
The care.coach platform has been clinically shown to reduce falls and delirium among hospitalized elders by 80%+, and for those patients living at home, to keep them out of the hospital and reduce the need for home nursing visits (see http://care.coach/publications). The company currently serves customers including Medicare Advantage plans, specialized PACE health plans, and hospital systems. As a pioneer in solutions to social isolation and loneliness among older adults, care.coach was selected as a winner of the “In Good Company” Optimal Aging Challenge conducted by Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging, MIT, Benchmark, and GE Healthcare.
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