Smith School Launches Collegiate Challenge for
Healthcare IT Innovation
College Park, MD., Jan. 30, 2012 -- The Robert H. Smith School of Business at
the University of Maryland is challenging students nationwide to develop solutions
that radically improve healthcare outcomes by using information technology to improve
patient engagement with health care providers.
Led by the Smith School’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems
(CHIDS), the “Innovate 4 Healthcare Challenge” will culminate in an April 20, 2012
final round of presentations at the Smith School’s Ronald Reagan Building and International
Trade Center campus in Washington D.C.
Universities nationwide have been invited to enter teams of as many as five members
to compete for a $20,000 first prize and a pair of $5,000 runner-up prizes.
“Healthcare is one of the most pressing challenges facing our country today,”
said Ritu Agarwal, professor and dean’s chair of information systems and director
of CHIDS. “We must innovate to leverage the power of new technologies to improve
healthcare quality and reduce costs.”
“This is a unique opportunity to leverage bright multi-disciplinary teams of
students nationwide to think creatively about how we can merge technology, strategy
and policy to deliver solutions that yield better patient connectivity with their
clinicians and thereby improve health and wellness,” said competition director Kenyon
Crowley, director of health innovation at the University of Maryland.
Teams will present a solution to benefit patients with identified and demonstrable
improvements in health outcomes. Competitors, who have until Feb. 24 to register
and March 6 to submit a plan, will devise a patient-centered, health care business
model that facilitates interaction between patients and their health care professionals.
The solution may use, but is not limited to, tools, processes and technologies such
“The prospects for technology interventions to address trends such as an
population, reduced number of health care providers and underserved markets are
robust,” Crowley said. “Although there is a pressing need for patient-centered health
care, a missing link is a breakthrough solution that has a compelling market strategy.”
Competing teams will provide specific ideas to improve patient-provider engagement,
which could be related to one of the following:
The winners will best combine an innovative idea, an excellent market strategy
and an outstanding presentation to demonstrate most convincingly an attractive opportunity
to improve healthcare.
The challenge is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology (ONC) and is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
An informational webinar will be held 5 p.m. Feb. 3. For more information, visit
contact Kenyon Crowley at 919-649-2279 or
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.