Partners Connected Health unveils 2nd innovation challenge

Partners Connected Health, an IT-focused team at Boston-based Partners HealthCare, on May 3 launched its 2017 Connected Health Innovation Challenge.

For the challenge, Partners HealthCare asks participants to propose new technology solutions to improve patient care. Research teams with at least one member affiliated with Partners HealthCare are eligible to enter.

The CHIC review committee will evaluate proposals based on applicability, innovation and "potential to disrupt the status quo of healthcare delivery," according to a news release. The top four teams will participate in a two-day Partners Connected Health workshop about user-centered design. The teams will then pitch updated proposals to a panel of Partners HealthCare leaders and outside industry experts, who will select the first and second place winners.

The top prize is a suite of user-centered design, development and analytic services from Partners Connected Health. The winning team from 2016 — the challenge's pilot year — created a virtual care concierge for patients living with serious illnesses.

"By providing mentorship, support and talent from our innovation team, we will help our colleagues realize their ideas in record time and apply their expertise to making these ideas work at scale," said Kamal Jethwani, MD, senior director of connected health innovation at Partners HealthCare.

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