Calling undergraduate and graduate students from all levels of technical ability and ALL MAJORS!

We are offering students an opportunity to learn about challenges in healthcare, build skills, make industry connections, connect to other students with similar interests, and explore innovation in digital health.

The primary objective of the Challenge is to identify problems to solve in healthcare and propose solutions that reduce cost of care, improve patient outcomes, and increase access.

Students are invited to develop a presentation around an idea or may choose to develop a proof of concept to demonstrate.

Challenge Focus Areas:

Personalized and Integrated Experience to Consumers

Enhance Provider Productivity

Improve Patient Outcomes

Improve Affordability

Join us this spring for the Digital Health Workshop Series:

Take advantage of an exciting opportunity to get a head start on the May 2021 Challenge by participating in this Workshop and Guest Speaker Mini Series this spring semester!

Part One: February-April: Workshop Series and Guest Speakers

We are planning a series of “workshops” and guest speakers this semester as an opportunity to learn about challenges in healthcare and prepare for the Digital Health Mini Challenge. This series will provide insights into challenges in healthcare, innovations needed, and to provide a head start on the Digital Health Challenge.

Come for the learning! Everyone is welcome to attend just some or all of the workshops and you are not required to participate in the Challenge to take part.

Our plan is to schedule four virtual 1-hour sessions between February-April. Topics will include:

Workshop: Why Innovation is Needed in Healthcare

Learn about challenges and opportunities for improving patient outcomes, increasing access, and lowering cost of care. Take part in brainstorming and discussing how to identify problems to solve in healthcare.

Guest Speakers and Live QA: Opportunities for Technology Innovation in Healthcare

Learn from a panel of industry leaders discussing opportunities for technology to solve for key challenges in healthcare and take part in live QA.

Guest Speakers and Live QA: Opportunities for Data and Analytics in Healthcare

Learn from a panel of industry leaders discussing the opportunities for data and analytics to improve patient outcomes while lowering cost of care and take part in live QA.

Workshop: Create a Challenge Framework

We will present an overview of the Challenge and announce cash prizes. You can take part in an open work session to shape your ideas and potentially meet other team members. Mentors will be available to answer questions and act as a sounding board.

Part Two: May: Digital Health Mini Challenge

We will be running the Digital Health Mini Challenge in May based on interests and insights surfaced during the semester.

Why Participate:

Learn about key challenges in the healthcare industry

Connect with industry professionals

Develop new skills

Make new connections with other students

Compete for cash prizes in the May Challenge

The Digital Health Challenge

Students will create a 5-minute video presentation that:

Identifies a solution that addresses at least one of the Challenge Focus Areas

Participants will identify a potential solution that focuses on one of the Challenge Focus Areas. Students may receive some assistance in identifying the right idea from mentors.

Identifies the Gap Area, Competitive Landscape, Key Differentiator, and Value Proposition

  • What gap in the healthcare industry does the proposed solution aim to address?
    • Who are the key stakeholders or target market?
  • Are there other competitors in that space?
    • Their Offering
    • Their Differentiation
    • Their Target Market
  • What is the proposed solution’s key differentiation and value proposition?
    • How does this solution stand out compared to competitors, and what does it offer that is unique for the end user?

Provides Rationale

Desirability: A solution the end user really needs.
  • Define your end-user
  • Does the proposed solution solve for the right pain point?
  • Does it address the task/gap/taste/style the end user desires?
Feasibility: A solution that builds on the core strengths of the healthcare industry, or an identified partner’s operational capabilities.
  • Address the question: How can this solution be built to make the industry healthier and stronger?
Viability: A solution that contributes to long-term growth and sustainability.
  • Does the business model fit the way customers or end users want to use or pay for the solution?
  • Is the solution profitable?
  • How does it contribute to the community and the healthcare industry?

Identifies Impact

  • What is the impact of the proposed solution? Does it accomplish its goal?
  • What data or evidence is provided to demonstrate impact?
Final Submission Requirements:
Submissions are due by midnight CT on June 4.

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