Inaugural initiative of AARP and MedCity News showcases companies and people delivering cutting-edge healthcare solutions for the 50+ market
Mountain View, California (April 12, 2017) — Rachel Francine, CEO of SingFit was announced today as one of the healthcare industry’s 50+ Innovation Leaders, an AARP initiative administered by MedCity News to recognize entrepreneurs, companies and ideas behind innovative new products and services for Americans aged 50 and older.
The winners of the inaugural 50+ Innovation Leaders program were revealed today during the AARP Innovation@50+ Live Pitch event by representatives of MedCity News and AARP.
“AARP works to empower people to choose how they live as they age,” said Jeffrey Makowka, AARP’s director of market innovation. “We are pleased to join MedCity News in showcasing entrepreneurs who are driving change and improvements in the healthcare industry for the more than 100 million Americans aged 50 and older. We congratulate the remarkable winners who have been recognized by their peers for their innovation leadership.”
In late 2016, MedCity News and AARP issued a call for nominations for entrepreneurs, investors, companies and nonprofit collaborations. Determined by a reader vote, the winners include leaders and companies offering health care delivery, medication management and smart wearables.
The full list of winners can be seen at medcitynews.com/50-plus-innovation-leaders/.
Musical Health Technologies CEO and futurist Rachel Francine is a digital pioneer who, starting in 1996, helped lay the tracks of the Internet as we know it as a member of the CitySearch New Markets team. Rachel has spent the subsequent 20 years converting brick and mortar products into scalable digital solutions for companies including The Dallas Morning News, The San Diego Union Tribune, Cars.com, CollegeStudent.com (an early forerunner of Facebook), AntEye.com (an early forerunner to YouTube), Warner Brothers Pictures, Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi-Cola and Al Gore’s Current TV. Rachel has since earned a Master’s of Science degree in Futures Studies and Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston with the goal of creating companies that can transform the health, social wellbeing, and financial abundance of individuals and communities. Rachel co-founded SingFit whose debut product, SingFit PRIME, is mass distributing music as medicine in order to increase the health and cognition of people with dementia. SingFit PRIME is the winner of the USC Keck School of Medicine Body Computing Prize, several AARP Caregiving awards, CES Healthy Aging Award and the American Telemedicine Most Innovative Prize. Rachel and her company have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Houston Chronicle, The Los Angeles Business Journal and USA Today. Rachel has spoken on the topics of technology, aging, preferred futures, transformational change at FutureMed as well as conferences for the American Society on Aging, Aging into the Future, Optimize, the Boomer Summit and The World Futures Society conference. Rachel lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
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