The moment you are diagnosed with cancer, you become a survivor. You now live with a daunting illness. Your everyday monotonous activities turn into new challenges, flooding your thoughts with countless questions and new struggles. In the 2006 National Survey of U.S. Households Affected by Cancer, 15% of respondents said they had the experience of leaving a doctor’s office without answers to important questions about their illness. And, even when patients do have the relevant information to cope with their illness, a lack of logistical and material resources, such as transportation, medical equipment, and supplies, can often prevent them from ever actually using the suggested support. GuideWell is launching the GuideWell Cancer Challenge to crowdsource ideas about concierge services to help the millions living with cancer understand and access the services they need.
GuideWell is calling on everyone, from developers creating solutions to patients who can share their own insights, to come together and solve this issue. We need you to join the movement and participate in the challenge. When you visit the GuideWell Cancer Challenge website you can submit your ideas, provide insights that can spark someone else’s creativity or comment on others’ ideas with your feedback and suggestions. You can even participate by simply voting for the ideas you like the best. This challenge is your chance to get involved in Greater than C>ncer: The Immersion Journey, an initiative powered by the American Cancer Society with the goal of gaining a better understanding of these problems and potential solutions. The GuideWell Steering Committee will evaluate all ideas and insights, and award prizes totaling $12,000. In addition to cash prizes, the best ideas will also be shared within the GuideWell ecosystem through an online and printed publication.
The deadline for submitting all ideas and insights is April 28, 2017. If you have an idea, go ahead and SUBMIT IT! Or, simply browse submissions and VOTE for your favorite. If you want to learn more about the challenge, or have questions about the process REGISTER for the Q&A WEBINAR to be held on March 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET.
It’s 6 AM and Anna’s alarm clock goes off. She has a busy day ahead of her, starting with getting her children to school, heading to her doctor’s appointment and taking on a double shift at her part time job. Anna is on a tight budget and has difficulty juggling work and her kids. On top of her often stressful situation at home, Anna suffers from Type 2 diabetes and has been inundated with medical bills. Although Anna doesn’t own a computer, her doctor introduced her to a smartphone application that helps her to monitor her glucose levels and communicate with her care team if she needs medical assistance.
Millions of individuals across the U.S. have experience with at least one aspect of Anna’s situation. As a country, the U.S. spends less money on social services and more on healthcare.1, 2 Yet, a large majority of what makes us sick can be attributed to the social determinants of health (SDOH)—factors such as socioeconomic status, availability of resources, employment and access to healthcare. While using technology to address social factors in underserved regions has generated momentum, it’s an area of healthcare and digital health that is emerging with the shift from reactive to proactive healthcare.
The fourth iteration of Digital Health Marketplace, sponsored by The New York City Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with Health 2.0, is underway! The Digital Health Marketplace connects health technology Buyers and Sellers through curated matchmaking, assistance to facilitate rapid technology adoption, and competitive commercialization awards to encourage piloting and procurement of new digital health technology in NYC.
The past three classes of Digital Health Marketplace has provided over $2M in commercialization awards to innovative NYC health tech startups and their self-chosen healthcare organization pilot partners. This year, a total of $250,000 is available to fund health tech pilots in NYC.
The program helps established healthcare stakeholders, like hospitals and health systems (health tech “Buyers”), de-risk their investments in new technology by simplifying the search for market-ready solutions. At the same time, the program shortens the sales cycle for startups (health tech “Sellers”) by connecting them with relevant, forward-looking Buyers. Buyers and Sellers will be matched based on self-identified interest areas and business needs or abilities once they apply to “Find a Pilot Partner”. Buyers will receive a curated list of startups to choose to meet one-on-one during the half-day Matchmaking Event on April 6, 2017 at the New York Genome Center.
What do you do when your doctor says something serious, like, “Make an appointment with a Cardiac electrophysiologist stat” or “here is a prescription for some XYZ.” A what? And a whom?! “Oh, and you’ll need to get an MRI too.” Well, that’s overwhelming. It’s no surprise that about 20 percent of first-time prescriptions are never filled, according to a 2010 Harvard Medical School study1.
Patients often come to a road block and fail to follow through with doctors’ orders because of perceived financial burdens, or simply because they don’t know where to find what they need. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) feels that no one should be at a loss for health care services because they don’t know where to go for affordable services. The RWJF Choosing Care Challenge will therefore bring tech-enabled solutions to the forefront of this issue.