Challenge Structure

Challenge Theme: Empowering Patients, Providers and Community with Creative + Usable Solutions

Solution Scope and Potential Considerations to Address in the Challenge

A subset of examples of what more empowered patients and providers may entail to improve health and wellbeing is provided below. Teams are not restricted to these; innovation is strongly encouraged: 

  • The solution allows the patient to assume greater accountability for certain aspects of the chronic condition or acute event;
  • The solution provides contextualized patient support at appropriate times or events;
  • The solution creates or leverages existing digital/electronic and other communication paths to encourage timely and effective information flow among patients, health care professionals, and other care providers;
  • The solution leverages social media and online communities as appropriate for a social wellness and/or recovery experience;
  • The solution involves the implementation of a suite of technology tools in the patient’s home, smartphone, automobile, body or other touch point that provides monitoring and engagement;
  • The solution creates new linkages between the providers, health care system, or wellness experts; and
  • The solution creates gamified approaches to healthy behavior support. 

A proposed solution may include some or all of the components listed below. However, each solution must speak directly to the health outcomes it purports to address.  Some tools and technologies for potential use include: 

  • Smartphone/tablet app;
  • Web-enabled technology (e.g., Smart TV);
  • SMS/MMS systems;
  • Wearable devices (e.g., FitBit, Nike FuelBand, Jawbone Up, Apple Watch, Microsoft Band);
  • Social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Google+);
  • Bluetooth/ANT/Wi-Fi/3G enabled health accessories (e.g. scale, pedometer, glucose meter);
  • Remote wireless monitoring and automated decision support; and
  • Big/small data and analytical systems. 

With several trends foreseen (e.g., a growing aging population, reduced number of health care providers, new policies for keeping people well and underserved markets) as well as growing health care costs and fragmented access to information, information technologies can play a vital role in facilitating systemic improvements. The past few years have witnessed the emergence of a growing number of information solutions that may bring us closer to patient-centered healthcare.  However, what’s lacking are major breakthrough ideas that question existing assumptions about the health system and offer novel and innovative solutions to this issue. In order to be successful, the solution needs to be sustainable through an appropriately crafted business strategy. These are important considerations for the Challenge.

The Deliverables include:

  1. A slide deck (maximum of 10 slides) and an Executive Summary (maximum of 4 pages) that contains a solution description documenting the following: solution rationale, health condition(s) targeting, user stories, description of clinical need, description of technology, and a potential commercialization strategy / business model. The business model should cover how the solution will be covered and paid for with possibilities ranging for consumer out-of-pocket payment, reimbursement, advertising, or other revenue streams. The technology commercialization strategy should address issues concerning the approach to development and manufacturing, regulatory strategy, and approach to clinical validation, as applicable.
  2. A prototype of the proposed solution. Ideally, the prototype would utilize multiple digital modalities to enable patients to work with the platforms (e.g., web and mobile) that best suit their needs. It would be great to have a functional prototype, but it does not have to be a functional system—it may be a “mock-up” or diagram demonstrating the capabilities and workflow.
  3. Students may optionally choose to include a link to a short video (maximum of 5 minutes) that describes their solution.


Challenge marketing:

November 2014-January 2015

Teams formed and receive mentors:

January-February 2015

1st Round submissions:

Early April 2015

Finalists announced:

April 2015

Final round and award ceremony:

June 4, 2015

To signup for the Challenge, please send an email to with the CHALLENGE SIGNUP in the subject line. In the email, please include your name, team members name, school, and school address.