Platform that screens for social risks wins 1st Brown-Lifespan Health digital health pitch competition

Eight teams of digital health entrepreneurs made their pitches June 9 at the inaugural Digital Health Pitch Competition hosted by Providence, R.I.-based Brown-Lifespan Health's Center for Digital Health. 

The teams, made up of medical residents and graduate students, competed for the chance to win the judge's prize of $20,000, the audience favorite prize of $5,000 and ongoing mentorship. The teams were selected from an initial group of 45 and narrowed down after rounds of seminars.

The winning venture, called Docs for Health, presented by primary care physician Rahul Vanjani, MD, is a digital health platform that would screen a patient's social risk factors and connect them with appropriate support. 

"I was blown away by the quality of the pitches, the engagement of the international audience, and the insightfulness of the judges," said Megan Ranney, MD, founding director of the center. "I hope that this first cohort of pitch teams will come back to share their successes and will stay connected to their mentors in the months and years to come."

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