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Allegheny Health Network sees enormous potential to leverage technology to help emergency room physicians, nurses and staff administer care more quickly and effectively. Our ideal piece of technology will allow our patients to "walk right in" to the Emergency Room. It will improve patient safety, convenience and personalized care.

Who can participate in The "Just Walk In" Emergency Room Challenge?

The Challenge is open only to individuals who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry and who are not residents of cities, states, countries or other jurisdictions where such challenges are prohibitied or restricted. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Employees of any healthcare providers who compete with Allegheny Health Network in Western Pennsylvania and employees of any health insurance companies who compete with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Western Pennsylvania must disclose this fact on their submission form.

Any individual participating in the Challenge that is a health care provider or government employee agrees to take full responsibility for reporting under the Sunshine Act or other applicable legislation any prizes they may win or gifts they may receive as a result of entering the Challenge.

We want to hear from everyone who has potential solutions to achieve the goal of streamlining the Emergency Department registration and intake process. This means not only healthcare professionals, but also engineers, scientists, thinkers, entrepreneurs, inventors, family and friends of patients and patients themselves should feel empowered to submit your ideas.

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.

What can I Win?

The Grand Prize is $10,000 in cash. Please see the Awards Tab for details.

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?

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Practicality
  • Trial specifically for ED registration
  • Patient safety/Privacy
  • Improved registration time

Can I edit my entry after I submit it?

You may edit your entry up the submission deadline. 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.

How do I win?

Finalists in this online challenge will be chosen based on crowd voting and judge scores. A grand prize winner will be selected at a live event in Pittsburgh, PA on February 16, 2017.

Who is the sponsor of AHN's Design the Chip Challenge?

AHN's Design the Chip Challenge is sponsored by Allegheny Health Network, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the sponsors listed on the Sponsors tab.




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