Health and Wellness Innovation 2013

Prizes and Judging

Kaiser Permanente has donated $15,000 to support the teams in Health and Wellness Innovation 2013. Instead of awarding prize money to the winning teams at the end of the event, all of this money will be used during the course of the event to elevate the success of each of the projects. Each team will have resources to take their prototypes to an even more compelling level so that the possibilty of the work leading to further research or a start-up company will be maximized. Some of the funds will also be used to support mini-challenges during the course of the event that aim to boost the success of all of the teams.

The competition and awards this year will be for recognition. There will be 3 to 4 award categories with one winning team for each category. It is possible for a team to win multiple categories. The award categories are still being crafted but will focus on improving the experience, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare; on maximizing patient empowerment; and on creating sharable tools to accerate innovation in the field of personal health informatics. The categories will be defined in detail before the event begins and will be update here.

Awards will be granted on the finale day of January 31st. One judge for each award category will interact with each of the teams during their demo sessions in the morning. Of course an emphasis will be placed not just on the innovative ideas behind the projects but on how much is accomplished during the event. The awards will be announced during lunch. 


KP History and Company Information
Kaiser Permanente's mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. As we move from the idea of connected care, exemplified by KP HealthConnect (our electronic medical record) to digital health (best exemplified by the coming convergence of many aspects of digital technology) we must embrace new way to engage and empower our members, care providers and internal workforce.

Kaiser Permanente is a model of integrated fixed care, dating to the Richmond shipyards of World War II. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving more than 9 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif.

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries
        •        Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
        •        The Permanente Medical Groups.
        •        At Kaiser Permanente, physicians are responsible for medical decisions. The Permanente Medical Groups, which provide care for Kaiser Permanente members, continuously develop and refine medical practices to help ensure that care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
        •        Kaiser Permanente already has the largest electronic medical record system in the world. Extending this connectivity to mobile devices for anytime, anywhere access is a natural progression for our integrated care model. Now 9 million Kaiser Permanente patients can easily access their own medical information anywhere in the world on mobile devices through the mobile-optimized website and Android and iOS apps. The convenience of My Health Manager is that much more powerful when it sits in the palm of your hand.


Judges from Kaiser Permanente

Madhu Nutakki is vice president of Digital Technologies in Kaiser Permanente’s Digital Health Technology & Strategic Initiatives. Madhu develops and implements a technology infrastructure and foundation to enable an enterprise digital health strategy. He oversees the Mobility Center of Excellence, eBusiness and KP Intranet teams. Madhu has more than 16 years of hands-on technology leadership experience and an impressive record of accomplishments in technology strategy and execution, infrastructure and operations management, largescale software deployment, and health IT. In his prior role as vice president of Systems Integration at KP, he defined and managed a systems integration portfolio for clinical care applications, and had operational responsibility for the technology infrastructure for provider applications, including KP HealthConnect, Population Management,  Outpatient Pharmacy, and My Health Manager member applications, along with the Enterprise Clinical Data Warehouse.

Brian Gardner  leads Kaiser Permanente’s Mobility Center of Excellence, a group responsible for the
development and delivery of all Kaiser Permanente mobile offerings—consumer, clinician and  workforce.Through the Mobility Center of Excellence, nearly 9 million Kaiser Permanente members can access their personal health records via mobile devices.  He has more than 17 years of software product development experience focusing on mobile and web-based applications for health care and health insurance industries. Prior to working at Kaiser Permanente, he created consumer-based mobile applications for companies including eBay, NBC Sports, ESPN, Disney, and Lockheed Martin.

Aashima Gupta Is the executive director of Technology Incubations,Portfolio and Services. She currently leads the Incubation and Technology Initiation group group that is responsible for assessing future trends and innovation focusing on cloud platform as a service offerings and big data platform.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public's health, RWJF has a unique capability and responsibility to confront the most pressing health and health care problems threatening our society. Its efforts focus on improving both the health of everyone in America and their health care—how it's delivered, how it's paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families. As they invest in improving systems through which people receive care and in fostering environments that promote health and prevent disease and injury, they expect to achieve comprehensive, meaningful, and timely change.


Judge from RWJF

Brian C. Quinn, a senior program officer, is the team director of the Pioneer Portfolio, which actively seeks innovative projects that catalyze fundamental breakthroughs in health and health care. Quinn praises the Pioneer Portfolio’s work as an example of the Foundation's commitment to being open to new ideas and fresh thinking. According to Quinn, “Today, we're facing huge health and health care challenges in the United States, and one way to get to the big changes we need to address these challenges is the Pioneer Portfolio’s game-changing approach to innovation.”


Judge Criteria and perspective
Rather than a traditional first, second, third ranking judges will evaluate how the solutions created by the six teams support tenets of Digital Total Health. Although there are six categories it is possible for a team to be recognized for excellence in more than one category. In addition presenting category awards, judges will provide feedback, similar to an agile retrospective, to help teams understand how they might develop their project into an improved solution at a future date.

Category 1: Best User Experience - Brian Gardner: (Positive user experiences are crucial components in improving Total Health and care delivery in Kaiser Permanente. Physical and virtual interactions among all Digital Health Technologies audiences must be user-centered, compelling, and effective with minimal intervention)
Category 2: Best Use of Data - Aashima Gupta: (True Digital Total Health will require the convergence of multiple data sources. These data must be gathered through active and passive means by caregivers and consumers - aka members - and used by all audiences in Kaiser Permanente to improve the quality, access, convenience, and affordability of care delivery)
Category 3: Best Use of Resources - Madhu Nutakki: (Transforming health care requires judicious use of resources. In some cases a resource (such as member clinical data) may be in abundance while another (funding) may be constrained. This award will go to the team that maximized their scarce resources to create their project)
Category 4: Best Collaboration and Teamwork - Group Decision: (Successfully changing health care requires a high degree of collaboration. This award will go to the team members with most diverse backgrounds, interests and skills that work together to create a viable solution.  
Category 5: Most Innovative Solution - Brian Quinn RWJ Foundation: (The team that applies a technology or technique in a manner not normally associated with health care and the health condition they chose to solve. The innovation can be experience, service model or technology driven)
Category 6: Most Audacious Goal / Greatest Potential for Community Benefit - Brian Quinn and Madhu Nutakki: (Awarded regardless of the "success" or "failure" of a project to the team that takes the biggest risks to solve the biggest challenge for the greatest overall benefit. This award may also encompass the need to engage in community benefit activities that address needs of the member population typically categorized as "under served.")