Health care innovators are gearing up for the final results of the first-ever Innovation Challenge at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, an employee innovation workshop series and competition for the best ideas to improve health care.
Business leaders at Ascension Seton, its parent company Ascension – the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health care system — and partners from across Austin’s Innovation Zone mentored finalists as they put finishing touches on their invention pitches. In May, judges chose 11 promising ideas as finalists. Later, those 11 were narrowed down to five.
The finalists were selected based on ideas that were unique, well-researched, clearly presented, likely to be patented or implemented and met a substantial need for Dell Children’s patients or employees. The top five finalists were:
- Jennifer Simpson: EZ Touch CPAP Mask
Aims to reduce pressure ulcers caused by CPAP masks
- Christopher La Berge: Simply Safe IV Helper
Allows clinicians to easily transport an IV pole with a patient
- Lori Forsyth: Infant EKG pad
Provides a more accurate and comfortable EKG for infants
- Monica Smith: IV Pole Supply Bins
Aims to streamline the IV administration process
- John Grantham, Seth Gregory & Patrick Boswell: Oz Pediatric Healthcare Database
Seeks to bring reliable health care data closer to the decision-makers
Winners will be announced on June 30 at the final awards event, where they will receive prize winnings ranging from $500 to $5,000.
Mayor shares innovation vision for Austin
Ascension Seton Innovation and Technology Commercialization group originally announced the program at a VIP launch event in December 2015. At the event, Austin Mayor Steve Adler addressed the importance and timeliness for the community to support health care innovation. Austin is the first city in the United States in more than 50 fifty years to build a new teaching hospital and medical school simultaneously.
“Austin is a city where good ideas become real,” Adler said. The mayor shared his vision for Austin to be recognized as a leader in innovation and congratulated Ascension Seton for hosting the first contest of its kind in our community.
Competition fuels a culture of innovators
The Innovation Challenge at Dell Children’s was formed not only for Ascension Seton employees to develop innovative ideas for improving health care; it was intended to further Seton’s culture of innovation, a concept that leaders hope will resonate deeply within the hearts and minds of Seton’s 12,800 health care professionals in Central Texas.
Finalists and winners will be recognized on June 30th at an awards event at Dell Children’s Medical Center Auditorium. They will receive giant checks for their winning ideas. Once again, Mayor Adler will be on hand to congratulate Ascension Seton employees for demonstrating how Austin is leading on innovation. Austin business leaders – some who served as innovation mentors — will be there to congratulate the inventors.