The Philips Wearables Challenge


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The Philips Wearables Challenge is a call for novel solutions to predict early signs of patient deterioration and prevent hospital readmission. What cutting edge technologies and systems — wireless wearable sensors, connected devices, continuous, real-time monitoring, data analytics, etc. — can be deployed to facilitate early, appropriate interventions? How can they create actionable information to improve patient outcomes, without burying busy clinicians under too much data?

Who can participate in The Philips Wearables 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 legal residents of one of the fifty (50) states of the United States or the District of Columbia or the U.S. Territories, excluding Arizona. You must be able to show a picture ID (driver’s license, passport) for proof of age upon registration. Void where prohibited by law.

The following are not eligible to enter or win the Competition: employees, officers, directors and contractors of Philips 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.

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.

Each individual participating in the Challenge represents that they are acting on their own and are not representing their employer or any other government entity during their participation in the Competition.

We want to hear from everyone who has potential solutions to leverage wearables to detect early patient deterioration and prevent re-hospitalization/escalation in care. 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.

Problem Definition

Given the massive improvements in wearable sensor technology, predictive analytics, mobile apps, connectivity, education and other technology, what innovation can you propose that would predict early signs of patient deterioration in order to prevent hospital readmission and escalation in care throughout the patient journey?

We encourage you to think outside the box. Your solution can be a use case of a currently existing technology, a proposal for the creation of a new technology, a proposal for the improvement of an existing technology, a novel combination of technologies, workflow changes and educational initiatives or any other proposal that meets the criteria below.

  • The proposal should focus on monitoring and managing patients to reduce costly hospital readmissions or escalation in care.
  • The proposal can focus on an improvement to one or more specific steps in the patient journey (i.e. discharge) or can be applicable across the patient journey

We are particularly interested in proposals that incorporate the following, but do not feel limited by these suggestions.

  • Connecting the patient and/or caregivers in post-acute care settings (rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, home) to the clinical team
  • Eliminating or reducing the gaps between patient-clinical team interactions
  • Allowing for smooth information sharing across the entire care team
  • Integrating seamlessly into the patient’s life
  • Using wearable sensing technologies

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:

  1. How well does it address the primary goal of the challenge: Leverage wearables to detect early patient deterioration and prevent re-hospitalization/escalation in care?
  2. How practical is it?
  3. Can it be easily integrated into the clinical workflow?
  4. Can it be piloted?
  5. Is it cost-effective?
  6. Does the submission address the needs and points of view of all of the extended care team, the patient and the patient’s family?

Four finalists will be chosen by a combination of crowd voting and the scores of the official judges. Two finalists will be chosen at the sole discretion of Philips, regardless of the 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 October 26. The judges will choose a first, second and third place winner, who will receive $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. 

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 October.

Event Agenda

Check out the event agenda on the Event Page.

Who is the sponsor of The Philips Wearables Challenge?

The Philips Wearables Challenge is sponsored by Philips.

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