AMA innovation challenge seeks care delivery improvements

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The American Medical Association (AMA) is offering prizes totaling $50,000 to help physicians and medical students bring their cutting-edge healthcare ideas to reality with the launch of the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge.

“New ideas for better care emerge every day from physicians and medical students on the front lines of medicine,” said AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, in a release. “The AMA wants to support these healthcare innovators and help them succeed in moving their new ideas from the concept phase into day-to-day practice.”

The challenge invites all U.S. physicians, residents and medical students to submit by May 16 their best ideas for shaping 21st century medicine. Prizes will be awarded for the best solutions that emerge from three categories:

  • Making technology work for learning: What innovation would help transform physician education?
  • Advancing digital health: What innovation would help patients live longer, healthier lives?
  • Evolving digital medicine: What innovation would help physicians improve their practice? 

Proposed solutions will appear in the AMA CrowdChallenge Showcase, powered by MedStartr, where physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, patients, hospital staff, health leaders and investors can review and provide feedback on the ideas. Five solutions that receive strong validation from site visitors will compete for the top prizes in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation event in Chicago on June 11.

“Through its ongoing work, the AMA is providing opportunities for physicians to engage in innovation and share their ideas, expertise and real-world perspective on the effectiveness of technology in medical practice settings,” said Stack. “From solutions for revitalizing medical practices to news ideas for providing high-quality care through digital health, the AMA is striving to ensure physician-led innovation is a key driver in making the health system work better for everyone.”

To learn more about the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge, go to: http://www.innovatewithama.com