Four Patient Safety Awards Added to Competitions Across the Country

Four additional competitions are participating in the Patient Safety Technology Challenge funded by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and administered by the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative: Emory University's GHA 2040 Healthcare Futuring Competition, University of Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute's Edward J. Aldag Jr. Student Business Plan Competition, MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack, and the Healthcare Innovation Sprint.

The Patient Safety Technology Challenge is designed to fuel the engagement of students and innovators in creating solutions and envisioning transformational approaches to reduce preventable harm from medical errors and reimagine a vastly safer healthcare system.

The new competitions will feature awards recognizing tech-enabled patient safety solutions as well as transformational redesigns of our healthcare system.

Emory University's GHA 2040 Healthcare Futuring Competition on April 7, 2023 invites Emory students of all disciplines to apply to participate in the Goziueta Healthcare Association's 2040 Healthcare Futuring Competition. "Futuring" is a unique competition design that invites perspectives across Emory graduate programs to evaluate what the future of health care looks like if all legacy systems were left behind. The cash prize pool is $2,500 with $1,500 for the winning team and $1,000 for the runner up.

The University of Alabama's Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute will hold its 2023 Edward K. Aldag Jr. Student Business Plan Competition on April 13 and 14. Students were invited to form teams in early March, with at least one member of the team enrolled at The University of Alabama or an alumnus within the past year. Teams will compete for over $50,000 in prizes, competing virtually in Round One on April 13 and then the teams who make it to Round Two will be invited to pitch in-person on the 14th. The Patient Safety Technology Challenge has sponsored a new $2,500 prize for the best tech-enabled solution.

MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack is an annual healthcare innovation challenge, calling participants to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with hundreds of engineers, clinicians, designers, developers, and business people. The competition will be held from April 20-23 in Boston. This year's multi-theme event includes a Patient Safety Technology Challenge prize. The winning team will take home $10,000.

The Patient Safety Technology Challenge has partnered with the Healthcare Innovation Sprint at the University of Central Arkansas, which guides students through an immersive, five-day training program where they learn about healthcare innovation, how to identify potential problems, gather information from key stakeholders and customers, and develop a solution. The week-long, all-expenses-paid camp concludes with the presentation of ideas at Demo Day with $2,500 available in prizes that will fund patient safety tech-enabled solutions. The final deadline for entry is April 24. The bootcamp will be held from May 14-19 for rising juniors, seniors, immediate graduates, and graduate and doctoral students at Arkansas colleges and universities. 

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