The CART Initiative

About the Initiative

The Collaborative Aging Research using Technology (CART) Initiative is a new multi-site, nation-wide project that uses technology and big data to facilitate the independence and health of older adults who are a part of diverse communities. Developed in partnership between the University of Miami, Rush University and OHSU and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Initiative is initially using the ORCATECH Life Lab platform on a scale of 240 homes with the aim of expanding the network to 10,000 homes across the U.S. in several years.

The Life Lab platform is outfitted in the homes of older adults, including African-Americans and Latinos living in Chicago and Miami, low-income octogenarians living in Portland and veterans living in rural areas of the Pacific Northwest. By analyzing the big data that is derived from the platform, researchers can determine if the platform can measure and predict loss of independence.

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In addition to focusing on diversity, the Initiative is incorporating new technologies into the platform as they become available, facilitating secure data sharing among its partners and determining the platform's scalability. Data and methodologies are shared with partners, collaborators and other interested researchers.  

CART Collaborators

In addition to OHSU, the University of Miami, Rush University, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health, other collaborators include Oregon State University, the University of Pennsylvania and Intel.