Florida Blue Health Innovation Challenge
2019 Competition participants and Directors
2019- Judges and Directors (from left to right): David Pizzo, Glenn Whichard, Gary Anderson, Jennifer Sineway, Kelli Wells, Phillip Lee, Michael Fountain, Haskell Adler, Richard Munassi
2019- Awardees and Directors (from left to right): David Pizzo, Maria Giraldo, Valentina Dargam, Haider Ali, Ayan Nasir, Nitisha Mehta, Prisca Alilio, Frank Lee, Michael Fountain
The Florida Blue Health Innovation Challenge seeks for innovations and disruptive technologies developed by students to tackle healthcare challenges in Florida. The concepts should address topics that Florida Blue considers to be an active and ongoing problem in the healthcare system. Each year Florida Blue and USF decide on a different topic.
2021 Topic: TBA
- All entrants must be an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate student at a college or university located in Florida.
- Innovations cannot have been incorporated for longer than 12 months or have investment or annual revenues in excess of $100,000
- Entrants will be required to pitch their concepts in-person to a panel of health care and business experts during the state finals at the GuideWell Innovation Center in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City.
- All entries must be submitted by: TBA
- Challenge finalists will be notified by: TBA
- Pitch and award ceremony: TBA
Challenge finalists will be provided a mentoring opportunity by leaders in their fields and virtual coaching from the GuideWell Innovation team to help them further develop their concepts and presentations.
First Place - $15,000
Second Place - $5,000
Third Place - $2,500
Judges Choice Awards - $1,000
Next Steps: Suzie Kaye, Marie Adonis-Rizzo and Armiel Suriaga from Florida Atlantic University
LiveEDU: Oyindamola Teniola from the University of South Florida and Rebecca Oyetoro from the University of Florida
Patch Partner: Megan Morano and Ethan Medjuck from Florida Polytechnic University
PEACE: Protecting the Elderly with AI for Clinical Emergencies: Vivek Sreejithkumar, Mariam Rizvi and Isabella Grande from Florida Atlantic University
Doctor Genie Healthcare Analytics: Srikrishna Srinivasan from the University of South Florida
Simply T.O.C: Caitlyn Smith, Amanda Giggy, Shana Indawala and Indigo Moss from the University of South Florida
Once: A readmission Reduction Program: Cory Feldman from Florida Atlantic University and James Wallace from the University of South Florida
Surgical Success: Ansu Sebastian and Jennifer Simmons from the University of Central Florida
Connecting Care: Kayla Wilson from the University of South Florida
Specialty Transitional Care Program: Shayna Rabess from the University of Florida and Gisela Kennedy from the University of South Florida
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 WINNERS:
- 1st place- Once: A Readmission Reduction Problem
- 2nd place- Connecting Care
- 3rd place- Doctor Gennie Healthcare Analytics
- Judges Choice Award- Live Edu
- Judges Choice Award- PEACE: Protecting the Elderly with AI for Clinical Emergencies