Announcing 2021 Healthcare Safety Challenge

During the Liftoff PGH 2020 live broadcast, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Innovation Works announced the new 2021 "Hardware Cup" JHF Healthcare Safety Competition. The Healthcare Safety Competition is a pitch competition dedicated to identifying the most exciting patient safety and healthcare innovation startups in the U.S. and across the globe. The Competition includes mentorship opportunities and $60,000 in cash prizes with the application cycle open from January 5- March 7, 2021.

The Competition will be a natural and complimentary next step after Liftoff PGH 2020. Innovation Works' JHF Healthcare Safety Competition recognizes the Pittsburgh region's potential for leading health innovation and patient safety. The new Competition will further encourage collaboration within the various industries and introduce more health-safety-related companies and startups to the extensive curriculum and network of Innovation Works' software, hardware, and life sciences accelerators. Cross-industry collaboration will develop technologies that the proposed National Patient & Provider Safety Authority can use to predict and prevent errors before they happen, as the National Transportation Safety Board already does with great success. This catalyst is just what the Pittsburgh region needs to kickstart solving the persistent medical error problem.

The Competition aims to draw at least 35-50 entrepreneurial applicants, from healthcare and other industries, to encourage companies to adapt their products and technology to solve problems in the healthcare safety sector.

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