Introduction 

Living in one’s own home safely and independently can improve quality of life, maintain physical health and reduce hospitalizations and healthcare costs—regardless of age, income or ability level. Effective home management of chronic conditions—from dementia to heart failure, metabolic disorders to circulatory and pulmonary conditions, and even incontinence—is essential to make this possible for patients and caregivers alike.  

In this challenge, consider how your digital health or digital device solution can benefit all stakeholders—patients, professional and nonprofessional caregivers, clinicians and payers—across the patient care ecosystem. 

What the challenge is designed to do? 

Identify new concepts in Digital Health that can prevent health crises and better manage chronic conditions. More broadly, the Connected Patient Challenge is designed to foster a digital health innovation community where discussion with input from many sources can build strong, robust challenge submissions leading to successful, life-changing diagnostics, devices, therapies and patient management programs. The challenge seeks to: 

  1. Bring together people (healthcare provider individuals and institutions, patients, payers, researchers and industry) from across the healthcare ecosystem to learn pain points within healthcare and to discuss digital health solutions. 
  2. Understand how digital health solutions can augment other care paradigms for people living at home with chronic disease. 
  3. Consider how these solutions can support a value-based care paradigm to improve patient outcomes, make care more efficient and ultimately lower healthcare costs. 

Who can participate in Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge? 

The Challenge is open only to individuals who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry, except for the following: 

  • Employees, officers, directors and contractors of Boston Scientific Corporation 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 
  • Residents of countries, states or other jurisdictions where such Challenges are prohibited 

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 submission deadline. 

The official judges will also vote after the submission deadline. Three finalists will be chosen by a combination of crowd voting and the scores of the official judges. Three finalists will be chosen at the sole discretion of Boston Scientific, regardless of judge and crowd source voting. 

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? 

  • Practicality: Does the presenter clearly state the problem they are solving? How does their idea solve the problem and how will they evaluate how well their solution works? Can the idea be realistically implemented in today’s clinical environment at a reasonable cost? 
  • Efficacy: We are looking for ideas that produce real benefits (improved patient outcomes, cost saving, reduction in care needed by patient, better patient experience, etc.). 
  • Areas of focus:  Concepts that are focused on the following disease areas are most attractive: cardiovascular; metabolic; digestive; respiratory; cancer; neurological / chronic pain; urology and pelvic health. 

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 February 27, 2020 at the Google offices in Cambridge, MA. Judges at the live event will determine First and Second Place winners. First Place: $15,000 of in-kind services from Boston Scientific and $15,000 of Google Cloud Credits.  Second Place: $10,000 of in-kind services from Boston Scientific and $10,000 of Google Cloud Credits  

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 February. 

Do I keep my intellectual rights? 

Your ideas and concepts remain yours. Please remember that the submission platform is public disclosure. 

 

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