Introduction

Digital health tools have the potential to change the way we approach healthcare at the individual and population levels, from preventing health crises to better managing chronic conditions. How would you use patient or population health data, patient monitoring and/or predictive analytics to ultimately improve patient care? How can these solutions support a value-based care paradigm to improve patient outcomes, make care more efficient and ultimately lower healthcare costs?

What the challenge is designed to do?

Identify new concepts in Digital Health that can prevent health crises and better manage chronic conditions. More broadly, the Connected Patient Challenge is designed to foster a digital health innovation community where discussion with input from many sources can build strong, robust challenge submissions leading to successful, life-changing diagnostics, devices, therapies and patient management programs.
The challenge seeks to:

  1. Bring together people (healthcare provider individuals and institutions, patients, payers, researchers and industry) from across the healthcare ecosystem to learn pain points within healthcare and to discuss digital health solutions.
  2. Explore the potential of using patient or population health data, patient monitoring and/or predictive analytics to ultimately improve patient care.
  3. Consider how these solutions can support a value-based care paradigm to improve patient outcomes, make care more efficient and ultimately lower healthcare costs.

Who can participate in Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge?

The Challenge is open only to individuals who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry, except for the following:

  • Employees, officers, directors and contractors of Boston Scientific Corporation or its subsidiaries or affiliates, and/or any member of their immediate family (i.e., a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild) or household of any of the foregoing individuals
  • Residents of countries, states or other jurisdictions where such Challenges are prohibited

How does the Challenge Work?

Simply submit your idea at the contest submission page. Voting is crowd-sourced (encourage your friends to come and vote for you!). The Official Judges will also vote after the submissions deadline.

Do I need IRB or a Formal Project?

No, your submission can be purely at the idea stage. You don't need to have started a company, or have a prototype, or have an IRB approval already. Just explain your ideas/plans in the submission form.

What are the Judging Criteria?

  • Practicality: Does the presenter clearly state the problem they are solving? How does their idea solve the problem and how will they evaluate how well their solution works? Can the idea be realistically implemented in today’s clinical environment at a reasonable cost?
  • Efficacy: We are looking for ideas that produce real benefits (improved patient outcomes, cost saving, reduction in care needed by patient, better patient experience, etc.).
  • Areas of focus: Concepts that are focused on the following disease states are most attractive: cardiovascular; digestive; cancer; neurological / chronic pain; respiratory; and/or urology and pelvic health.

The official judges will also vote after the submission deadline. Three finalists will be chosen by a combination of crowd voting and the scores of the official judges. Three finalists will be chosen at the sole discretion of Boston Scientific, regardless of judge and crowd source voting.

Can I edit my entry after I submit it?

You may edit your entry up until someone votes or comments on it. After that, you can communicate with the judges directly to expand and refine your idea. The judges will consider all of your responses as part of the overall submission.

Can I submit more than one idea?

Yes, you can submit as many ideas as you like.

What do I win?

Six finalists will be chosen to pitch their ideas before a live audience and panel of judges on February 27, 2019. Winner(s) will be awarded up to $50,000 of in-kind services from Boston Scientific and Google.

Everyone Who Submits Gets Free Admission to the Final Event!

Whether or not you're selected as a finalist, if you submit an idea you and a guest will get free admission to the Final Event in February.

Do I keep my intellectual rights?

Your ideas and concepts remain yours. Please remember that the submission platform is public disclosure.

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