Develop Indy Announces Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge Winner
On Call software provider Diagnotes takes top prize in inaugural competition
INDIANAPOLIS (Nov.16, 2012) - Develop Indy announced today that Diagnotes, an Indianapolis-based health IT solutions provider, is the winner of the first-ever Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge.
Diagnotes and two other Challenge finalists, CreateIT and Freedom Solutions, presented product demonstrations at the annual conference of the Indiana Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Following the presentations, conference attendees voted on the product they felt was the most innovative and impactful for area hospitals and healthcare organizations. Diagnotes' On Call program, a mobile phone application that securely connects on-call clinicians with providers, patients, and medical records, received the most votes.
"The solutions presented by Diagnotes and the other Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge finalists speak to the power of collaboration in Indy's health-IT sector," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "Indianapolis is home to some of the best hospitals in the country, a deep pool of medical and IT talent, and an engaged entrepreneurial community. When we bring these strengths together, we have the opportunity to fundamentally improve our healthcare system while helping to grow new businesses and attract quality jobs."
Finalists submitted solution proposals to address three IT challenges that were first revealed at the inaugural event held on July 13th. Sponsored by Develop Indy, TechPoint, and Ice Miller, the Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge convened leaders from Indiana's healthcare and technology communities to help solve some of health IT's most challenging problems. Three IT challenges from three different hospital systems were presented and discussed. More than 200 doctors, IT developers, and entrepreneurs from across the state participated in the inaugural event, with more than 20 IT teams submitting solution proposals for consideration.
"All of us at Diagnotes are pleased and honored to have been voted the winners of the first-ever Hoosier Healthcare Information Challenge," said Diagnotes CEO David Wortman. "We are excited about bringing advanced IT solutions to significant healthcare problems, and in doing so, improving the quality of care and reducing costs. We appreciate the support of the Indiana healthcare and economic development communities in developing our system and look forward to building a great Indiana-based health-IT company."
For submitting the top three solutions, Freedom Solutions, Diagnotes, and CreateIT were each awarded cash prizes of $2,500, and received access to in-kind assistance in legal, regulatory, financial, and product development services. For taking top prize, Diagnotes will receive an additional cash prize of $5,000.
The second annual Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge will be held in the summer of 2013. For more information, visit www.hoosierchallenge.org.
Diagnotes On Call allows providers and patients to connect with on-call providers while simultaneously delivering key patient information from the EMR to the point of care. From the initial inbound call or secure text message through documentation of the completed encounter and support for follow-up actions, Diagnotes On Call seamlessly delivers a fully integrated, closed-loop solution that readily integrates into current clinical practices. For more information about Diagnotes, visit www.diagnotes.net.
About Develop Indy
Develop Indy is Marion County's local economic development organization. Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber, is dedicated to attracting new businesses, retaining and expanding existing businesses and serving as a catalyst for capital investment and quality job growth in Indianapolis/Marion County. Formed in 2007, Develop Indy is led by Mark Fisher, Interim President. For more information visit, www.developindy.com
Cara Klaer (Develop Indy) - email@example.com or 317.476.6903
Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge: Tackling Today’s Healthcare Problems and Growing Jobs in Central Indiana
Today’s healthcare organizations are facing unprecedented challenges. Increasingly, healthcare providers are turning to IT innovation to reduce costs and improve patient care. Indiana, with its rich history of entrepreneurship and world class schools of medicine and engineering, is uniquely positioned to lead this revolution in healthcare innovation.
|In an effort to assemble these strengths and encourage collaboration, Develop Indy, TechPoint and Ice Miller, convened the first-ever Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge (HHIC). Not intended as an academic exercise, the HHIC was created to identify, discuss, and resolve real-world healthcare problems and assist in the commercialization of their solutions. To that end, healthcare organizations from across the state were asked to submit IT challenges that were not unique to their own organization, and the solutions for which could be pilotable within six months and ultimately result in lower costs and improved patient outcomes.|
Over the course of a month, 15 challenges from nine different Indiana systems were submitted for consideration. The challenges were then posted online and doctors, nurses, and informaticists were encouraged to vote on the challenge they most wanted to see addressed. Over 430 online votes were cast and the three top challenges were determined:
Challenge #1 – iDashboard – Submitted by IU Health - Provide healthcare leaders with an interactive, near real time dashboard that is able to identify best practices, display variance analysis, and provide simulation in order to guide leaders through the decision making process.
Challenge #2 – Patient Follow-Up – Submitted by Franciscan Alliance and Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. – Create the ability for emergency rooms to schedule discharge follow-ups and provide clinical documents to providers for high risk patients.
Challenge #3 – Blood Tracking – Submitted by St. Vincent Health - Develop tracking technologies to monitor the utilization of blood products across the state for improved disaster preparedness and to reduce costly waste of expired blood products.
The inaugural Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge was held on July 13, 2012, and drew more than 200 doctors, IT developers, and entrepreneurs from across the state. Representatives from each of the three selected Challenges conducted presentations to give audience members both the nature and scope of the problem as well as directions and criteria for any potential solution. Challenge presenters then held open question and answer sessions to give developers an opportunity to delve deeper into the problems.
HHIC team members also provided an on-site match-making service for teams looking for additional expertise. Using Twitter to match complementary skill sets, new teams were able to meet up and immediately begin working on a Challenge of mutual interest.
IT teams attending that day’s event were then given two weeks to develop and submit a thorough solution business plan and demo screen shots. Twenty-two teams ultimately submitted a solution proposal for one of thethree Challenges.
HHIC judges including representatives from the presenting hospitals and sponsoring organizations selected the top 3 solutions based on the following criteria:
- The solution had the potential to improve patient outcomes.
- The solution had the potential to reduce the cost of care.
- The solution was commercially viable and has the potential to grow a scalable business.
- The solution met the criteria as defined by the presenting healthcare organization.
- The team had the ability to execute their plan.
The three winning solution proposals were submitted by:
Freedom Solutions, a Division of Freedom Staffing
www.freedomstaffing.us – Freedom Staffing is an IT firm from Indianapolis that provides software solutions in the healthcare, government, and finance sectors. Freedom partnered with Cetani (www.cetani.com), an Indiana-based software company, to develop this solution.
www.diagnotes.net – A small IT firm from Indianapolis, Diagnotes provides software solutions to enhance communication and information in the healthcare sector.
www.createit-inc.com - CreateIT, from Richmond, IN, is a start-up software development firm that provides software solutions for the healthcare industry.
For submitting the top three solutions, Freedom Staffing, Diagnotes and CreateIT will each be awarded a cash prize of $2,500 and receive access to in-kind services including:
- Legal consultation from Ice Miller
- Regulatory assistance from the Anson Group
- Financial consultation from Milestone Advisors, and
- Product development assistance from CoreTech Revolution
Teams from the three organizations will also have the opportunity to present their solutions at the Indiana Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Fall Conference on November 6th. Attendees will vote on the top solution, and the winning organization will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
To see the HHIC Challenge presentations, please visit: www.YouTube.com/user/HHIChallenge
To keep up with the latest HHIC news, follow us on Twitter: @HHIChallenge
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
Indianapolis tech firms, hospitals discover mutual need
October 20, 2012
Central Indiana has no shortage of brilliant information technology entrepreneurs who could whip up applications to help health care providers improve patient care.
Trouble is, health care providers often don’t want to be the guinea pig.
And IT entrepreneurs have found hospital systems too hierarchical to get a foot in the door. Add to that the rigor mortis that is the highly regulated nature of health care.
A smart phone app developed by Diagnotes sends patient medical records to smart phones carried by on-call doctors and others who are not a patient’s principal doctor. Diagnotes is one of several tech firms delving into medical applications after an initiative paired firms with health care providers. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)
“A lot of times you can’t get access to these folks. … There are so many gatekeepers,” said Shannon Morris, principal of Freedom Solutions, a division of locally based Freedom Staffing that develops software for health and education markets.
But Morris’ company is one of three that have found top-level access to big Indiana hospital chains through a concerted effort to match tech and health leaders to develop IT-based solutions in health care and clinical research.
The idea is one of several inspired by Advancing Life Science and Health Care Information Technology, an initiative of local tech promotion group TechPoint. Dubbed the Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge, the first event was launched in July.
The city-led challenge was sponsored by TechPoint; DevelopIndy, Marion County’s economic development organization; and local law firm Ice Miller. More than 20 Indiana IT firms submitted software ideas to meet IT needs identified by Indiana University Health, Franciscan St. Francis Health and St. Vincent Health.
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