As you read this, Innovation Challenge finalists are bringing definition to their ideas, rapidly prototyping their solutions and preparing their pitches for a Shark Tank-style event on June 15. Our finalists are in the home-stretch of refining their ideas and you can help determine the winners!
Six finalist teams have emerged from hundreds of submissions. You can vote on winners via POPin on the Innovation Challenge website. Then on June 15, the finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel from our Ministry Leadership Team in their own version of Shark Tank. Votes from the website will be combined with feedback from our Shark Tank panel and two or three winners will receive funding to make their ideas a reality.
The theme for this year’s Innovation Challenge is “360° of Caring.” Teams developed ideas that will help improve care for communities and populations – not just individuals with immediate health needs – by focusing on the social determinants of health. The finalists certainly represent the spirit of creating solutions outside of our traditional locations and treatments. They are also addressing issues such as food access, location and education, which influence health in sometimes unseen ways. Teams are proposing community health workers, upgrading a mobile healthcare vehicle, food pharmacies and more.
There will be fewer winners this year than last year, and the winners will receive more funding—up to $150,000 per team. Winners will also have more time to implement their ideas. Additionally, representatives from each of the finalist teams have taken part in an Innovation Bootcamp. They recently participated in a two-day design thinking course where they were asked to empathize with their potential populations, test prototypes and rapidly improve their prototypes based on feedback. Applying design thinking is a large part of this year’s Innovation Challenge.
Finalists will be judged on how well they developed prototypes and tested them, and how that led to a more refined solution worthy of developing on a larger scale. Everyone who has participated in the challenge will help us move beyond our four walls where we provide care and consider all the issues that impact the health of our communities.
Our finalists are listed below along with a link to their final submissions. Make sure to vote and comment before Thursday, June 14, 11:45 p.m. by visiting POPin.
- Community Health Workers – This proposal proactively identifies at-risk populations and allows for targeted community intervention and better‐coordinated follow‐up care, post discharge.
- STEADI Steps to Fall Prevention – We would like to make an ambitious move to standardize fall risk screening and assessment throughout SCL Health to make fall prevention the standard of care in our system.
- Food Pharmacy – The goal of the program is to protect the health and well-being of patients and community members by providing access to healthy food while teaching ways to prepare nutritious meals on a limited income.
- Move That Bus – We want to take healthcare to the community instead of the community coming to us. This is the only known mobile healthcare vehicle in Western Colorado, and potentially all of Colorado.
- Pharmacogenomic – Pharmacogenomics (PGx) combines pharmacology and genomics to determine a patient’s response to medications.
- Social Determinants of Health Identification – We propose a data-driven, intense, multidisciplinary, community-based care program to improve the lives of our most complex patients and reduce their use of acute health services.