2015 Design for Health Awards Winners Announced
By Ariella Cohen
The 2015 Design for Health Awards winners have been announced! The awards ceremony, which was held at HxRefactored in Boston on April 1-2, celebrated the innovation and inspiration of effective designs in health care.
The first ever Design for Health Awards was a huge success, with 59 compelling entries that showcased all of the teams’ hard work and good design. A panel of 8 judges from across the technology industry evaluated the entries based on Originality, Application of Human-Centered Design, and Potential for Market Success.
UX transforms a visually appealing concept into a product that can be used by all types of users within the health care system, and improve a patient or provider experience. Though all of the entries were terrific, two really stood out- one for a provider facing design, and one for a consumer facing design.
Urgent Consult– Provider Facing Design Winner
Urgent Consult (New York, NY) is a platform that revolutionizes the process of referral workflow. It allows providers to manage all aspects of the process in a single easy-to-use platform, and it works across EMRs! What the judges loved about Urgent Consult was how they thought about the workflow of providers and their staff, and how that will translate to better patient care. Their process helps health care networks increase referral capture, enhance coordination of care, and improve profitability. This company’s cloud-based platform was uniquely created “by physicians, for physicians,” and has also won awards from Pilot Health Tech NYC and was a member of the Blueprint Health accelerator. Dr. Jeff Bander, Founder of Urgent Consult, was present at the conference to receive his team’s award.
Pokitdok– Consumer Facing Design Winner
Pokitdok (San Mateo, CA) is a consumer health and wellness marketplace for services. It allows patients to search for a provider in a number of different ways including: diagnosis, service, device, and treatment. Users can also review and rate their experience and see average prices for services. What the judges loved about Pokitdok was how easy their platform made it for a patient to find the right provider and understand how much that procedure would cost.
We can’t wait to see how these platforms will be used to transform future experiences in health care. Congratulations to the winners, and stay tuned for the next Design for Health Awards!