ARLINGTON, Va., April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- HX360 today announced that Ginger.io and WiserCare were the winners of the inaugural HX360 Innovation Challenge competition, recognizing the best-in-class digital health companies demonstrating improved patient experience in hospital and health system settings. The winning companies were selected from an original field of eighty-three entries, with the four finalists presenting their solutions live before a judging panel during the HX360 Innovation Challenge program at HIMSS15 last week in Chicago. The two other finalists were WellFrame and ClockwiseMD.
Judging was based on a number of criteria, including improved patient satisfaction, increased patient convenience and access to care, better access to health information, patient empowerment, proof of positive impact and market readiness. Technical considerations included interoperability with existing IT systems, workflow impact, superior user interface and scalability. Judges included senior health system executives, HIT executives and venture capitalists.
"Ginger.io and WiserCare presented true innovation and demonstrate how their technology solutions can improve the patient experience and add value to our healthcare system," said Roy Smythe, MD, CEO of HX360. "Our congratulations to the winning companies and the other finalists. It was an impressive field of applicants."
Ginger.io and WiserCare will each be given access to $75,000 in prize money and legal services that will be used to fund new pilot programs at U.S. not-for-profit health systems using the companies' products and services. Both companies will operate their pilots at healthcare systems to be identified by AVIA, the provider-led healthcare accelerator that co-founded HX360 with HIMSS.
About the HX360 Innovation Challenge Winners
Ginger.io: is a digital mental health solution that uses smartphones to improve behavioral health care. Their platform uses sensor data collected through the phone and self-reported information to identify people who may need help. People can use the app to see how their daily habits affect their mood. And care teams can use a provider-facing dashboard to see which of their patients need help today, and which are on the right track.
WiserCare: uses a patented intelligent agent to analyze the patient's clinical situation, quality of life preferences and treatment goals, and provide personalized, quantified, evidence-based guidance on what treatments fit best. This equips patients and physicians to act as decision partners in ways other tools and approaches simply can't.
The HX360 Innovation Challenge was made possible through the sponsorship and support of Philips, Providence Health Systems, McKesson Ventures, the California Health Care Foundation, Azul7, HLM Venture Partners, Matchpoint Partners and Chrysalis Ventures; Morrison & Foerster was the exclusive sponsor representing the legal services industry.
HX360, co-developed by HIMSS and AVIA, invites health system leaders to reinvent care delivery by harnessing the potential of next generation technologies, and focuses on the structures and processes that will make their use more effective. HX360 focuses on improving the way health care is delivered by both inspiring and facilitating the adoption and use of next generation (non-EHR platform) technologies by provider organizations, in areas where health system executives are passionate to combine the right mix of resources, process and technology.
AVIA is the provider-led healthcare technology accelerator. AVIA addresses healthcare's most pressing challenges by working with provider organizations to identify and implement the best emerging tech-enabled solutions. AVIA's business model tackles the biggest problems in healthcare through its Innovation Cohorts. Innovation Cohorts are a group of provider organizations focused on solving a common challenge, they work through AVIA to strategically source and implement the best solutions. This offers providers a higher probability of success and a quick path to impact. AVIA is headquartered in Chicago and currently partners with several large healthcare providers in delivering innovation and change necessary in today's healthcare environment.
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.