Wearable & Personal Sensor Technology Innovation Challenge

June 04, 2014

DETROIT - The Henry Ford Innovation Institute (HFII) has announced the launch of the Davidson Digital Health Challenge series, which seeks cutting-edge solutions from Henry Ford Health System employees and aligned clinicians.

The topic for the most recent challenge is “Clinical Applications of Wearable and Sensor Technology,” which seeks solutions that integrate data from wearable and personal sensor technology to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care.

The challenge is open for submissions until June 26.

“We have seen a boom in technologies like wearable pedometers, Bluetooth-enabled scales and wireless pulse-oximeters, which are low-cost and widely available. But so far, these products have been limited to personal fitness and ‘the worried well,’” says HFII Chief Executive Officer Scott Dulchavsky, M.D., Ph.D.

“These widely available devices are capable collecting huge amounts of health related data. Our challenge now is to find transformative applications for this data – and our physicians and employees are ideally positioned.” In addition to competing for a $5,000 grand prize, 10 teams will be given the opportunity to take part in an entrepreneurship education series that will introduce them to the tools needed to take a concept from “idea to market.”

The top five finalists will be announced Aug. 19.

Last fall, the Henry Ford Innovation Institute held its first employee-focused challenge, with the topic “Digital Solutions for Avoidable Hospital Readmissions.” Three winning teams were selected and are now being explored for development and commercialization.

The Davidson Digital Health Challenge Series is presented with support from the Davidson Center for Entrepreneurs in Digital Health at HFII.

HFII is the flagship of Henry Ford Health System’s commitment to innovation, with the mission to enhance patient care and research, training, and commercialization opportunities within the System through innovation and creative ideation. It provides System innovators access to an array of intellectual asset-related resources and programs that include technological opportunity assessment, engineering services for prototypes, seminars designed to convey opportunities, programs aimed at developing specific medical products and broad educational offerings in the realms of translational medicine and the entrepreneurial arts.

For more information, visit: www.henryfordinnovation.com/challenge