“Ideas that Work” Competition

Sponsored by California Health Care Foundation

Sponsored by California Health Care Foundation


1st place wins $5,000
2nd place wins $2,000
3rd place wins $1,000

iDeas that Work Finalists

Winner will be announced during the iHealth 2014 Conference.

Presentations are on Friday, January 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Data Visualization Strategy Leads to the First Widely Used Diagnostic Clinical Decision Support System

Participants: N. Craft, A. Papier

Organization: Logical Images and University of Rochester College of Medicine and Dentistry

Creating, Implementing, and Evaluating an Automated Solution to Enhance Continuity of Care

Participants: R. Pivovarov, H. Salmasian, G. Hruby, D. Fort, N. Chang, R. Sideli, D. Vawdrey,

Organization: Columbia University Medical Center

My Healthcare Flows

Participants: N. Lundberg

Organization: Karolinska Institute

A System for Digitizing and Prioritizing Clinical Data with Options for Immediate Follow-up

Participants: Murthy, M. Singh, V. Ravi

Organization: Hermes Clinical

MedWISE: User-composable Approaches to Healthcare Systems

Participants: Y. Senathirajah

Organization: SUNY Downstate Medical Center

HeartsLikeMine: Personalized Support for Shared Decision Making Using a Large Clinical Data Repository

Participants: Q. Zeng-Treitler, J. Proulx, B. Hill, C. Christensen, B. Bray

Organization: University of Utah

What will iHealth “Ideas that Work” Competitors do?

  • Applicants selected for iHealth “Ideas that Work” will be brought on stage for a demonstration and questions from a distinguished panel of health care innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • The panel will review the proposed solutions and select the best proposals based on a number of criteria, including their originality and demonstration of real-world impact on patient care.
  • Special attention will be given to presentations that include a provider or other stakeholder who has directly benefitted from the use of the product.
  • The judges will award iHealth Innovation Awards.

Is the iHealth “Ideas that Work” Competition right for you?

  • Do you have a product that improves the quality, efficiency, or safety of care?
  • Does your product demonstrate a new, innovative approach?
  • Has your product shown benefit in a real-world clinical setting?
  • To participate, we invite Start-ups to submit a proposal identify a specific challenge related to one or more of the six iHealth education tracks
    • Information; Individual; Informatics; Intelligence; Innovation; Improvement
    • We recommend that individuals or teams consider challenges that are operational informatics-focused where healthcare professionals might transform the delivery of care.
    • Potential topics for the challenge include but are not limited to:
      • Care Coordination/Transitions of Care
      • Data Analysis and Data Mining
      • Data Architecture and Data Governance
      • Data Visualization
      • Embrace the Technology so that it Embraces the Patient Back
      • HIT and Patient Safety
      • How to Deliver the Right Information to the Right People at the Right Time
      • Medication Management and Reconciliation
      • Readmissions
      • Standardization with Multi-hospital Systems and from Department to Department

Competition Process

  1. Each team will submit an extended abstract (5 page maximum) discussing their description of the specific challenge, the proposed solution, and their process. Supplementary materials (including storyboards and mockups, or source code and sample output) can be submitted as PDF. The supplementary material would not count against the 5 page maximum.
  2. The best proposals will be asked to present their solutions at the conference. At least one member from each of the finalists will be expected to attend the conference to deliver a presentation to the judges and iHealth attendees.

Abstract Preparation

The participants will prepare a proposal that should include:

Teams seeking to attend should prepare an abstract (2-3 pages, max 5) written in the AMIA format that should include:

  • What is the problem being addressed and why is it important?
    What are the currently existing solutions?
    What is your novel approach?
    What are strengths of your approach as compared to the alternatives?
    Describe implementations of your product and lessons learned.
    How have you formally evaluated (or plan to evaluate) the benefits of your solution?

What are your next steps?The Supplementary Materials could include:

  • For interactive solutions: a mockup or storyboard illustrating the proposed functionality and the interaction of the proposed solution, a link to a video demo of the system.
  • For computational solutions: source code of the solution as a text file or a link to the team’s repository as well as sample output file (in a PDF document)

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2013

Submission closed. All submissions must be made through the submission site. Please contact jeff@amia.org for more information.


Questions about Submissions?

Please read the Call for Participation information.


The iDea Factory Expert Panel

Jon Duke Jon Duke, MD, MS
Chief Innovation Officer, Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics

Dr. Duke is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Indiana University and serves as Director of Regenstrief Institute’s Drug Safety Informatics Lab as well as the Institute’s Chief Innovation Officer. He leads the Merck-Regenstrief Program in Healthcare Research and Innovation. His research focuses on clinical decision support and user experience design in healthcare applications.

Janet M. MarchibrodaJanet M. Marchibroda
Director of Health Innovation, Health Innovation Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center

Janet Marchibroda serves as the director of the Health Innovation Initiative and the executive director of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), following two years serving as the chair of BPC’s Health Information Technology (IT) Initiative. The BPC initiative conducts research and collaborates with experts and stakeholders across every sector of health care to develop recommendations that promote innovation and the use of IT to support improvements in the cost, quality, and patient experience of care.

Marc Overhage2 Marc Overhage, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Siemens Health Services

Over the last decade, Dr. Overhage has played a significant regional and national leadership role in advancing the policy, standards, financing and implementation of health information exchange. He serves on the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and the Board of Directors of the National Quality Form as well as being engaged in a number of national healthcare initiatives. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. He received the Davies Recognition Award for Excellence in Computer-Based Patient Recognition for the Regenstrief Medical Record System. Dr. Overhage was a resident in internal medicine, a medical informatics and health services research fellow and then chief medical resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He practiced general internal medicine for over 20 years including the ambulatory, inpatient and emergency care settings.

Sanjoy Ray Sanjoy Ray, PhD
Director of Technology Innovation, Merck

Dr. Ray has a Ph. D. in Protein Engineering from Imperial College London, and held a postdoctoral research fellowship in Structural Biophysics at Harvard University. He has 16 years of IT experience, enabling scientific high-performance computing at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and the Whitehead Institute/MIT. He created and currently leads an information technology innovation group at Merck & Co., Inc.

Jonathan-Teich-MD Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Elsevier

Dr. Jonathan Teich is chief medical informatics officer for Elsevier, the world’s largest multimedia publisher of scientific, technical and health information. He helps lead the development of the vision, strategy, and design to transform Elsevier’s huge content base into interactive clinical decision support and knowledge-based tools to support direct clinical practice and healthcare delivery. Dr. Teich also serves as assistant professor of medicine at Harvard and as an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). He founded the Clinical Informatics R&D department at Partners Healthcare, and was the primary designer of many of BWH’s award-winning clinical information applications including CPOE, ambulatory records, clinical decision support systems, emergency medicine systems, and the Handbook electronic information library.

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