Patient Safety Technology Challenge to Partner with Existing Competitions
The healthcare industry is ripe for innovation ideas, with some of the biggest corporations and trailblazers consistently trying to crack the overwhelming list of challenges within the industry. Patient safety technology solutions have never been more feasible and needed while also being often off-the-radar of innovators, and the new Patient Safety Technology Challenge is seeking to galvanize fresh approaches.
The Patient Safety Technology Challenge has shifted its approach and is preparing to launch this fall as a multifaced national competition designed to increase awareness of the patient safety crisis and to engage innovators of a variety of backgrounds in creating solutions to reduce preventable deaths and disabilities from medical errors and harmful events. The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), lead sponsor of the Challenge, will work with existing local and national innovation challenges, pitch competitions, and start-up weekends to offer awards focused on specific patient safety problems. Guided by national partnership organizations experienced in safety technology and advanced healthcare analytics, PRHI will help other competitions frame the problems, judge submissions, and work toward amplifying the new ideas.
The Challenge is focused on seeking out and establishing partnerships with existing national competitions as well as regional competitions in key metro areas including Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.
As part of the Challenge and to further increase the visibility of patient safety and technology-enabled solutions, PRHI will create a documentary to assess the current state of patient safety and provide a vision for a better future. Material for the documentary will come from the Challenge winners' big ideas and pitches. The documentary will highlight the solutions and interview the students about their reasons for participating and their design process. To further demonstrate the potential of autonomous, technology-enabled solutions to prevent errors, the documentary will also capture existing pockets of innovation across the country.
The current partners for the Patient Safety Technology Challenge are AcademyHealth; Auton Lab at Carnegie Mellon University; Center for Lean Engagement & Research at the University of California, Berkeley; Center for Military Medicine Research (CMMR) at the University of Pittsburgh; Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital; HealthySimulation.com; Innovation Works; Institute for Healthcare Improvement; The Leapfrog Group; MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare; National Quality Forum; Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology; Patient Safety Movement Foundation; and Pittsburgh Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation in Medical Imaging.