2019 AHA Innovation Challenge

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Congratulations to the
2019 AHA Innovation Challenge Winners!



It's time to build healthier communities not just for some, but for all.

It's time to use technology to improve not only patient care, but the living conditions that make it possible for all people to reach their highest potential for health.

The 2019 AHA Innovation Challenge, sponsored by First American Healthcare Finance, called on hospitals and health systems to develop big ideas, bold solutions and expanded alliances to disrupt community health and eliminate health inequities. This year's challenge focused on finding new ways to use technology to address social determinants, such as food, housing, transportation and jobs, and connecting people with proper resources that meet community health needs.

The top three proposals from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Henry Ford Health System, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) won $100,000 - $25,000 - $15,000 respectively, to help bring these winning concepts to life. For more information, visit aha.org/innovation-challenge.


2019 Innovation Challenge Winners Ceremony:  



About the 2019 Innovation Challenge:



Winners Receive Recognition for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place:

2019 Innovation Challenge Winners
Winners on stage at the AHA Leadership Summit, where they were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.



Press Release: AHA Center for Health Innovation Announces 2019 Innovation Challenge Winners.

Winning concepts offer creative solutions for addressing social determinants of health using technology. Read more.

AHA Advancing Health Podcast: Health care leaders investing in innovation.

On this AHA Advancing Health Podcast, Jay Bhatt, AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, and Jonah Michael, senior vice president of First American Healthcare Finance, discuss why innovation has become a top priority for hospitals and health systems. Listen here.

Article - Innovation Challenge: Sparking creativity and impacting patients.

Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, looks at how the 2018 Innovation Challenge winners are impacting their communities. Read more.

Video: 2018 AHA Innovation Challenge Winner – Parkview Health.

Parkview Health won the first-place $100,000 prize of the 2018 AHA Innovation Challenge. Their winning submission was a technology-enabled on-demand support care model for addiction recovery that addressed a vulnerable population of opioid use disorder patients in Northeast Indiana. Watch here.

AHA Advancing Health Podcast: Peer Support Makes the Difference in Treating Opioid Use Disorder.

In this podcast, AHA’s Dr. Jay Bhatt speaks with Parkview Health president Ben Miles about his organization’s approach to treating opioid use disorders - and why peer support and encouragement can be such an effective tool in the battle against addiction. Listen here.

Congratulations to the Past Winners!

The 2018 Innovation Challenge was launched to source and spread new ideas and novel approaches for integrated care delivery and financing models designed for specific high-need, high-cost populations. We received nearly 100 submissions - a fantastic response in the first year of the Challenge. Thanks to every organization and team that participated.

      2018 AHA Innovation Challenge Winners

2018, 1st Place Winner - Parkview Health:

Parkview Health
  • Won the first-place $100,000 prize
  • Winning submission was a technology-enabled on-demand support care model for addiction recovery that addressed a vulnerable population of opioid use disorder patients in Northeast Indiana
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2018, 2nd Place Winner - University of Pennsylvania Health System:

University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Won the second-place $25,000 prize
  • Second-place submission was a called “Heart Safe Motherhood"
  • It presented a thoughtful, patient-centered, innovative approach that leveraged technology and redefined the role of obstetrical providers to drive better outcomes for women with pregnancy-related and chronic hypertension in the immediate post-partum period
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2018, 3rd Place Winner - West Tennessee Healthcare:

West Tennessee Healthcare
  • Won the third-place $15,000 prize
  • Third-place submission with Pathways Behavioral Health identified several co-dependent issues that significantly impact medical and mental health, well-being, community economics and resources, and developed an innovative collaborative solution
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Read the AHA announcement about our winners here 


  Images from the 2018 AHA Leadership Summit, where the inaugural 2018 AHA Innovation Challenge winners were announced: 
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners Sponsors of the Challenge Success Stories 1st Place Submission

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