NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Orleans Business Alliance, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System today announced that they are accepting applications for the 2019 New Orleans Health Innovators Challenges.
The Health Innovators Challenge is a nationwide call for digital health startups to offer solutions to leading healthcare problems. Applicants compete to win cash prizes, opportunities to pilot their programs in some of the region's largest medical institutions and in-kind donations.
Whether working in the BioInnovation District, utilizing tax incentives or participating in business accelerators, New Orleans offers many opportunities for entrepreneurs.
"New Orleans is recognized as America's newest hub for creative entrepreneurs. With local corporations worth billions of dollars seeking investments in promising companies, the Health Innovators Challenge is an opportunity for small businesses to land huge clients and the kind of partners that lead to success," said Quentin Messer, Jr., president & CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance.
This year, Blue Cross and Ochsner present the Social Determinants Data Challenge. "We know diet and exercise affect our overall health, but other social determinants can lead to disparities, too. Things like socioeconomic status, living alone, or lacking access to transportation affect health, and we have a real opportunity to improve outcomes if we address these," explained Dr. Vindell Washington, Blue Cross chief medical officer.
"We're seeking digital solutions that will help us have a more complete picture of health needs of the individuals we serve. With more information about social determinants, we can work with patients and other stakeholders to provide proactive, preventative and personalized care, address health disparities and improve health outcomes," added Aimee Quirk, innovationOchsner CEO.
The New Orleans Health Department, Tulane Health System and Lafayette General Foundation are offering additional challenges.
Application deadline is Jan. 13, 2019.
The New Orleans Health Innovators Challenge was created in 2017 by the New Orleans Business Alliance, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System to drive healthcare innovation and investment in New Orleans by creating a community where doctors, patients, nurses, hospital leaders, scientists, designers and leaders can collaborate, connect and co-create the future of medicine for New Orleans and beyond.
Contact: Morgan Stewart, New Orleans Business Alliance, 504-460-7024, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE New Orleans Business Alliance