The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

Dates

Oct 13, 2014 & Oct 27, 2014

Contact

Alicia Davis

Prizes

  • Three Winners $5,000 each + advisory meeting with organizers
  • Total Prizes $15,000

Idea-thon winners will also have an opportunity to attend an advisory meeting with health care experts and Idea-thon organizers to discuss how to further develop their winning idea.

The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Health Care Delivery Innovation Idea-thon concluded on October 27, 2014, awarding prizes to the following three teams: Health S.A.G.A., Copernicus, and Health Literacy Through Testing. The Health Care Delivery Challenge has launched. Learn more here.

Health S.A.G.A

Team Members

Amit Chaudhari, Kelsea Sandefur, Gabe Felix, Ted Alexander

A mobile health application called "CareGoggles" for locating affordable health care options for the rehabilitation population in Newark. CareGoggles will improve primary care access and health outcomes, thereby empowering patients to become better stewards of their own health.

Copernicus

Team Members

Thomas Nahass, Josh David, Jonathan Haskel, Brian Friel, Michael Sabbagh, Sam Schild

Copernicus incentivizes diabetic patients in under-served populations to actively engage in their diabetes management through an mobile platform that provides notification, media content and reward incentives for disease tracking, medication adherence, improved health literacy and communication with providers. Users receive points by employing clinically proven health-promoting habits, which can be verified by their health care provider, which can be cashed out for gift cards.

Health Literacy Through Testing

Team Members

Mofei Lu, Richard Lu, Eric Song

Health Literacy Through Testing aims to improve health literacy and the patient-doctor relationship through testing of health literacy in the waiting room. The test will provide a snapshot of a patient's problem areas to improve education and compliance, as well as provide invaluable data regarding health literacy.

Recent Updates

The Idea-thon is over but we've launched the second part of this competition, the Health Care Delivery Innovation Challenge! Click here for more information and to register.

Background

This 2-day Health care Delivery Idea-thon is seeking proposals for projects that can improve and/or reduce the cost of health care for vulnerable populations in New Jersey.

Social, economic, and environmental factors — such as racial discrimination, poverty, homelessness, language barriers, and lack of community and social cohesion — play a major role in the disproportionate burden of illness and premature death borne by vulnerable populations. These populations also present a significant challenge to New Jersey’s health care system because they have limited access to timely health care, frequently use expensive emergency department services for routine treatment, and often seek care late in the course of their illnesses, leading to inpatient admissions that could have been avoided.

Initiatives to improve health care access, enhance coordinated services in the community, and address the social determinants of health have the potential to improve the delivery of health care and reduce its costs. Ultimately, these initiatives can improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations in New Jersey.

The Nicholson Foundation and Rutgers Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition will support the integrating theme of Rutgers University Strategic Plan to “improve the health and wellness of individuals and populations” by addressing health challenges, locally and globally. The Idea-thon will be an opportunity for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the broader Rutgers community to help address this important objective in the University’s Plan.

During the competition, participants will establish collaborative teams to generate innovative ideas for interventions, technologies, or service models that can improve health care delivery and outcomes and reduce health care costs. Innovations should address local needs, but can also have wider applications, and must demonstrate substantial value.

Description

The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Health Care Delivery Innovation Idea-thon is the first part of a three-part health care innovations competition, sponsored by The Nicholson Foundation in collaboration with Rutgers. In a two-day event in October 2014 (October 13th & 27th), inter-disciplinary teams will come together to discuss and develop ideas for improving, and/or reducing the cost of, health care for vulnerable populations in New Jersey. The teams will present their ideas to a panel of eminent judges on the second day of the event. A total of $15,000 will be divided among three winning teams.

What is an Idea-thon?
An Idea-thon is an event where teams will engage in brainstorming and developing concepts for novel ways to improve health care delivery that will culminate in pitch presentations. Prizes will be awarded to the best ideas.

The second part of the Nicholson-Rutgers Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition is a Challenge that will start immediately following the Idea-thon. During the Challenge, teams will develop and refine their ideas over the course of three to six months. These Challenge projects will be judged, and one winner will be selected. Winners of the Idea-thon, and other members of the Rutgers community — whether or not they participated in the Idea-thon — can take part in the Challenge.

The winning team from the Challenge will receive $50,000 for use in the third part of the Competition, a Pilot Program for, planning, developing and implementing the winning concept or technology in a health care or community setting affiliated with Rutgers. The Pilot Project is an expanded, yearlong effort to determine the effectiveness and added value of the winning intervention, technology, or model in a real-world health care or community setting.

Examples of possible project ideas:

  • Develop an intervention that improves community engagement and use of existing social capital (i.e., institutions, norms, and relationships that build social cohesion among individuals and communities) to address a pressing health issue, such as violence, behavioral health, or chronic disease management.
  • Develop an innovative technology to reduce health disparities, such as developing an app that case managers in the field could use to relay information to fellow members of the patient’s health care team.
  • Develop a payment model that addresses the high cost of health care delivery to vulnerable populations. This model should be of interest to third-party payers, and include an accompanying marketing plan

Note: All proposals must include a clearly articulated methodology and metrics that will measure success. Examples include: reduce health care costs by X %, or enhance access to specified services by X % within Y months.

Team Formation
Team formation can begin even before Day 1 of the Idea-thon using the Idea-thon 'googlegroup' email list where interested participants can search for other team members, post which types of skill sets they are looking for as part of the team, and get to know other participants. During Day 1 of the Idea-thon, teams can complete their team formation and focus on preliminary development of project ideas. Participants can pre-select their teams as long as they meet the eligibility requirements stated below.

Eligibility
Students, employees, and staff of Rutgers University are encouraged to participate in the Idea-thon. Each team must include at least one representative from the broader Rutgers community, and at least one from the Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences community. Each team must have at least 3 members but no more than 6 members. Teams are welcome to invite a community-based partner that is unaffiliated with Rutgers, (e.g., hospitals, clinics, payers) on their team.

Agenda

Day 1: Monday, October 13, 2014
6:00pm – Doors open and networking
6:30pm – Welcome by Rutgers, The Nicholson Foundation
6:40pm - Opening Remarks from Special Guest
6:50 pm - Overview from Health 2.0 on Idea-thon Goal and Procedures
7:00 pm - Landscape of Health Care in NJ, by Dr. Denise Rodgers, Rutgers Biomedical & Health Science
7:10 pm - Health Care Transformation & The Patient Wild Card - Joseph Carr, CIO of NJHA
7:30 pm - Improving Health at the Community Level - Dr. Hosseinali Shahidi, NJMS
7:40pm – Idea/skill pitch session and team formation
8:10pm – Idea development begins
9:00pm – End of first day

~October 13-27: Teams Continue to work on proposal~

Day 2: Monday, October 27, 2014
3:00pm – Doors open and welcoming remarks
3:30pm – Finalize presentations
5:00pm – Submit project plans
5:00pm – Doors open to the public for presentations
5:30pm – Team presentations and judging
8:00pm – Winners announced

Evaluation Criteria

Judges
The judging panel will include 8 to 10 experts. Half will come from Rutgers and half from the health care and related stakeholder communities, including venture capitalists, policy leaders, community leaders/patients, and successful health tech entrepreneurs. Rutgers and Health 2.0 will identify the pool of judges.

  • Creativity (15%): Creativity of the intervention, technology, or model’s conceptual design.
  • Impact (30%): Ability of the intervention, technology, or model to improve health outcomes of vulnerable populations and reduce costs within a year’s time.
  • Feasibility of Implementation (30%): Ability of the project to be implemented within a year’s time.
  • Sustainability (25%): The cost-effectiveness, market potential, sustainability, and scalability of the project’s business model.

Submission Requirements

At the end of the two-day Idea-thon, participants will be asked to submit the following materials for evaluation by the judges:

  1. A 5-slide PowerPoint presentation summarizing the proposed project
  2. A 2-page double-spaced report detailing the scope of the technological or programmatic innovation created during the Idea-thon event, with an estimate of the improved health outcomes and reduced costs and a description of how they would be measured.

Note: All proposals must include a clearly articulated methodology and metrics that will measure success. Examples include: reduce health care costs by X %, or enhance access to specified services by X % within Y months.

Partners

The Nicholson Foundation

The Nicholson Foundation works to address the complex needs of vulnerable populations in New Jersey’s urban areas by encouraging the transformation of health and human services delivery systems to improve their quality and reduce their cost. Our approach emphasizes partnerships and performance-based grant making; our goals are systems reform and the sustainability of those reforms.

Rutgers University

Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. The university serves more than 65,000 students on campuses, centers, institutes and other locations throughout the state. Rutgers’ recent integration with most of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) created Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), an entirely new academic entity at the University. In the 2014 “Strategic Plan for a New Rutgers,” Improving the Health and Wellness of Individuals and Populations was identified as an integrating theme for the University’s mission and strategy. Rutgers is now poised to build on its success in addressing a wide array of health challenges, locally and globally. Through its broad reach and interdisciplinary work, it has the resources to support initiatives to maintain and manage wellness, while moving beyond the case-by-case treatment of the individual to address challenges facing populations both in our own communities and in nations around the globe.

Venue

Rutgers University - Douglass Campus Student Center
Trayes Hall - 100 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Terms & Conditions

OFFICIAL RULES:

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO ENTRY. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL US RESIDENTS AGES 13 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

THE SPONSORS: The Sponsors of this Challenge are The Nicholson Foundation, 744 Broad Street, 26th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102-3802 and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 3 Rutgers Plaza, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559 (“Sponsors”)

ADMINISTRATOR: The administrator of the Challenge is Health 2.0, LLC, 350 Townsend Street #403, San Francisco, CA 94107 ("Administrator")
By entering The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Health Care Innovation Competition, you agree that your participation will be governed by, and you shall abide by, all of the following terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) outlined herein below:

1. Mission:
The goal of The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Health Care Innovation Competition is to support the formation of new ideas and projects that improve, and/or reduce the cost of, health care for vulnerable populations in New Jersey. Competition entrants are invited to submit a project proposal that would improve/ benefit health care outcomes and/or reduce the costs for New Jersey’s underserved

2. Eligibility:
The Competition is open to faculty, staff and students of Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey (“Rutgers University”) and its affiliates. Each team must include at least one representative from the broader Rutgers community, and at least one from the Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences community. Each team must have at least 3 members but no more than 6 members. Eligible teams are welcome to invite a community-based partner that is unaffiliated with Rutgers, (e.g., hospitals, clinics, payers) on their team. However, the project team must be led by a Rutgers employee or student.

3. Team Composition:
Entries must be submitted by a group of 3-6 individuals (each a “Team”). Each member of the Team must satisfy the eligibility requirements set forth in Paragraph 2 above. Each Team must designate a single member of the Team who will serve as the Team’s sole representative for communications and all other purposes in connection with the Competition (the “Team Leader”).

4. Registration Period
The registration period for the Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. EDT on May 8, 2014 and ends at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 13, 2014
Registration and participation are FREE. Register Here

5. Entry Period:
The entry period for submissions of proposals and concepts for the Competition begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Monday, October 13, 2014 and ends at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 27, 2014 (the “Entry Period”). Upon arrival at the event, an official final submission form will be made available and must be received before the deadline.

6. Competition Guidelines:
At the competition, each Team that enters a Submission (an “Applicant”) must retain a copy of the Submission. Sponsors and Administrator are not responsible for, and each Applicant specifically releases Sponsors and Administrator from any claims or liability relating to, any loss or damage to the Applicant’s Submission.

All Submissions must comply with the following Content Restrictions:
The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to, privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property-or property-related rights. The Submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by entrant; The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous. The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.

By entering, each Applicant represents and warrants that (a) the Applicant’s Submission and all components thereof, including all ideas, creative elements and any other materials and information contained in the Submission are wholly original with the Applicant, (b) no person or entity has collaborated with the Applicant in creating the Submission, provided any material or information for inclusion in the Submission, or has any ownership rights in and to the Submission or any component thereof (note: an Applicant that is a Team warrants and represents that no person who is not a Team member collaborated with the Applicant, provided any material or information, or has any ownership rights in and to the Submission), (c) Applicant has the exclusive, unconditional right and authority to submit the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein, and (d) the Applicant’s Submission complies with these Official Rules in full. Submissions must not contain any material that Sponsors, in their sole discretion, deem inappropriate for public viewing and/or determine is contrary to its mission or reputation. Sponsors reserve the right in their individual discretion to disqualify and/or not accept any Submission that Sponsors determine does not or is likely not to comply with these guidelines, to make such changes to any Submission as are necessary to make it compliant, or to require the Applicant to do so.

7. Judging:
The judging of the Competition will proceed as follows:
A panel of judges comprised of Sponsor’s and industry leaders and consultants will review all Submissions to identify those that are complete and otherwise appear preliminarily to satisfy the entry requirements set forth herein. Submissions that appear preliminarily to be complete and to satisfy the entry requirements will be called qualified (“Qualified Entrant”). A jury of judges comprised both of Sponsors’ designees and industry leaders selected by Sponsors will score all qualified submissions based on the following Judging Criteria:
• Creativity (15%): Creativity of the intervention, technology, or model’s conceptual design.
• Impact (30%): Ability of the intervention, technology, or model to improve health outcomes of vulnerable populations and reduce costs within a year’s time.
• Feasibility of Implementation (30%): Ability of the project to be implemented within a year’s time.
• Sustainability (25%): The cost-effectiveness, market potential, sustainability, and scalability of the project’s business model

8. Winner Notification and Verification for the Competition:
Sponsors will notify the potential Winners on the day of the competition. In order to qualify as a Winner, at least one member of the Team must be in attendance at the competition and present to the Panelists at the competition.

9. Prizes:
(a) General Terms and Conditions: All income taxes and any other applicable taxes on each prize are the sole responsibility of the winning applicant. An IRS form 1099 will be issued, if required by law. Prizes consist only of items expressly specified herein. Any costs or expenses associated with the acceptance or use of any prize (including, without limitation, additional transportation, meals, gratuities and incidentals) are the responsibility of the winning applicant. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of right to receive any prize will be allowed, except at sole discretion of Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute an alternate prize.
(b) The winning projects will be rewarded and prizes are to be determined. (c) Prize Distribution: The total monetary prize amount is to be determined, awarded in the form of checks or another payment method selected by Sponsors, to be used towards further development by the winner of the winning Submission. The Team Leader shall receive and be solely responsible for the Prize on behalf of the Team unless all members of the participating team agree to distribution of funds to each individual member separately. Sponsors and Administrator will have no responsibility for allocation of funds received as part of the Prize among Team members.

10. Grant of Rights:
By entering, each Team grants to Sponsors, Adminstrator and their designees the irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, disseminate and use the name, likeness and biographical information of each member of said Team without further notice or consideration, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, in connection with the execution and promotion of the Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and its activities.

In addition, by entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsors and their designees a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, exploit, adapt, use and display worldwide, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, information about the Submission and the Project and all components thereof, including without limitation posting information about the Submission and/or the Project on the Site (or such other Sponsor designated on-line environment), in connection with the execution and promotion of the Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and their activities, without further notice or compensation.

Each Team grants to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and their designees, all right, title and interest to any inventions or discoveries ( “intellectual property”) developed during the course of the Health Care Competition.

11. Disputes:
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of –New Jersey without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. Applicant hereby agrees that any and all disputes claims, causes of action or controversies arising out of or in connection with the Competition or these Terms and Conditions shall be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in New Jersey. By entering, each Applicant irrevocably waives any right to seek and/or obtain rescission and/or equitable and/or injunctive relief.

12. Representations & Warranties:
Applicant represents and warrants that they: (a) have the right to make a Submission as contemplated hereunder without the need of any consent of any third party; (b) Will abide by these Terms and Conditions and all applicable laws and regulations; (; and (c) Applicant is under no obligation or disability, created by law or otherwise, which would in any manner or to any extent prevent or restrict making a Submission or becoming a Winner.

13. Indemnity:
By submitting an entry, each Applicant (including each Team member) agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend sponsors, administrator, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, and each of their trustees, officers, employees and agents (all of the foregoing, the “Sponsor Parties”), from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation, any use by Sponsors Parties of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsors of any rights granted to it herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event of any claim by a third party affecting or relating to the Submission, Sponsors shall have, in addition to any other rights available to it, at law or in equity, the right to immediately revoke any prize. Sponsor Parties include The Nicholson Foundation and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey14 and Health 2.0 LLC (the “Administrator”). DISCLAIMER:
NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY, IN NO EVENT WILL ANY OF THE SPONSOR PARTIES, INCLUDING THE ADMINISTRATOR, BE LIABLE TO APPLICANT OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF REVENUES, LOST PROFITS, LOST CAPITAL OR OVERHEAD, WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER OR NOT SPONSOR PARTIES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

15. Release of Claims:
By submitting an entry, each Applicant (including each Team member) releases each of the Sponsor Parties from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation in this competition, any use by Sponsors of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsors of any rights granted to it herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission and claims for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from the Applicant’s participation in this competition or acceptance or use of any prize.

16. Limitation on Exploitation of Materials:
Each Applicant acknowledges that each of the Sponsor Parties may have engaged and continue to engage in the development, production, acquisition and dissemination of materials that may be similar or identical to the Applicant’s Project or Submission. The Sponsor Parties may use information about the Applicant’s Project or Submission in whole or in part, without any payment or other obligation whatsoever to the Applicant, if the Applicant’s Project or Submission (a) is not unique, novel, original, and concrete so as to be entitled to protection under applicable laws, (b) has been made public by anyone at the time of its submission to Sponsors or otherwise is in the public domain, (c) would be freely usable by a third person if it had not been accepted as a Submission, or (d) is similar or identical to, or contains significant elements encompassed in, an idea, concept or material that has been independently created by either Sponsor or any third party. Acceptance by Sponsors of a Submission is not an admission by Sponsors of the novelty or originality of the Submission.

17. General Terms:
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsors and Administrator reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who violates these Terms and Conditions, tampers with the entry process and/or acts in any way that would, in any way, discredit or harm the reputation of Sponsors, and/or to cancel, modify or suspend this competition should entrant fraud or misconduct or other causes beyond the control of Sponsors corrupt the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the competition. Without limitation of the foregoing, Sponsors and Administrator reserve the right to terminate, modify or suspend this competition due to any of the following reasons: act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike, lockout or other labor dispute; inclement weather; failure of technical facilities; failure of essential production, or technical personnel to appear or be available; or other cause beyond its control. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, mutilated, misdirected, mis-delivered, or delayed entries, or for technical or human errors or failures of any kind in connection with the submission, transmission, processing or judging of entries, including without limitation any malfunctions or failures of computer hardware, computer software, networks or telephone equipment or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. Caution: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the competition, or in the announcement of the prize.

These Terms and Conditions set forth the entire agreement and understanding between Sponsors Parties and Applicant concerning the subject matter hereof and merges and supersedes all prior discussions, agreements and understandings of any kind between them. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Sponsors and Administrator reserve the right, in their sole discretion, at any future time to terminate, modify or suspend the competition for any reason, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All notices shall be in writing and shall be delivered to Applicant in accordance with instructions contained herein. Applicant shall be deemed an independent contractor and nothing contained herein shall constitute this arrangement to be employment, a joint venture, or a partnership. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any Terms of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of any provision contained herein. The titles of Sections of these Terms and Conditions are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal effect. The word “including” is used in these Terms and Conditions to mean “including but not limited to.”