Today: Apr 23, 2024

CareYaya initiates tech-tango with Johns Hopkins for AI caregiver aid

4 months ago
  • Triangle-based startup CareYaya has been shortlisted for the a2 Pilot Award from Johns Hopkins University’s Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratory (AITC) for Aging Research, pending the final approval by the National Institute on Aging.
  • If awarded, CareYaya plans to use the funding to develop its AI-supported caregiver education platform, aiming to provide an easy-to-understand, micro-learning content for caregivers.
  • CareYaya is also launching an “Aging Intelligence Internship” program to assist in refining their AI models using local retirees through surveys and focused group discussions.

CareYaya, a Triangle startup that focuses on facilitating elder care options through partnerships with higher education healthcare students, could soon be working with Johns Hopkins University on its AI-supported caregiver education platform. Pending the final approval by the National Institute on Aging, the startup has been announced as a finalist for the a2 Pilot Award from Johns Hopkins University’s Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratory (AITC) for Aging Research.

The potential grant is intended to fund the further development and assessment of the company’s caregiver education platform. How it works: it employs Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create accessible, micro-learning content to aid caregivers. These learning materials are considered key as more than 40 million Americans, representing 17% of the population, provide care to adults over the age of 50. Furthermore, by 2034, the number of adults over the age of 65 is expected to outnumber those under 18, indicating a potential issue with caregiver availability.

Alongside this, CareYaya has been developing AI-powered support for caregivers. In June, the company launched a tool named “Cara” that aids with meal planning, medical documentation for common needs, and reaching out to providers. The company already working on serving families with student caregivers sees this AI support as critically needed in caregiving.

While the company is hopeful about the possible grant from Johns Hopkins AITC, it simultaneously announced its “Aging Intelligence Internship” program. Through this, it plans to work with local retirees to help refine the AI models used in their platforms. Engaging the very demographic they serve in the AI development process introduces a unique, hands-on approach of refining their tools.

The company’s focus on developing accessible, technologically advanced support tools for caregivers, and its collaborative approach towards refining its AI models, shows promising potential in meeting the caregiving needs of an aging population.