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The 2012 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge

What Matters Most?

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In 2012, DDD aligned itself with the US government’s drive toward better care and better health at a lower cost. The Innovation Challenge process began by crowdsourcing answers to the question “What matters most to you?” in order to set parameters for submissions.

Following the open call for submissions, an independent jury awarded five semifinalist teams a $20,000 award and access to a virtual accelerator to refine their prototypes.

At Demo Day, on May 16, the five semifinalists presented their concepts to a panel of expert judges at Blueprint Health, a startup incubator in New York City. Demo Day was one of the most exciting aspects of the 2012 Challenge – healthcare enthusiasts from across the nation held viewing parties in Boston, Cincinnati, Tempe, San Antonio and Washington, DC, to watch the finalists present their concepts. Viewing party attendees weren’t alone – people watched the 2012 Demo Day live stream from locations in over thirteen countries around the globe. Crowds were glued to the live stream, and Twitter was flooded with reactions and commentary on the finalists.

One of 2012’s judges, Aneesh Chopra, echoed what many felt when he tweeted live from the event, “Inspired by the depth and breadth of our #DDDemoday finalists. You are why we will tackle America’s healthcare challenges.”

Shortly after Demo Day, the jury narrowed the field to two finalists, who were each awarded an additional $20,000 as they advanced to the Challenge’s final phase: prototype testing in a real community via a series of community uptake exercises. These exercises consisted of two components of interaction with people living with diabetes: 

  • In-person interactive session, a participatory design session in which each team engaged with members of their target audience to garner real-time, candid feedback about their solutions
  • Input from a broad online community, made up of over 300 people living with diabetes

Drawing on new insight from these activities, each team wrote a comprehensive report detailing how they would incorporate the feedback to refine their concept into a truly human-centered solution.

Based upon the participants’ learnings and iterations, the jury awarded $100,000 to grand prize winner n4a to further develop its solution, designed to enhance the quality, cost and delivery of diabetes care.

The 2012 Challenge winner: n4a

N4A 2012 challenge

N4a Diabetes Care Center uses a predictive analysis system to match patients with certain cost patterns and risk profiles to appropriate support and services designed to slow the progression and expenditures of the disease.

The team comprised National Association of Area Agencies (n4a), Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American Aging Programs (Title VI), National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), and local health care providers and industry experts. This incredible collaboration of partnering organizations come together to form a network with a presence in every community across the US, providing community-based supports and services to millions of Americans.

2012 Challenge finalist

Enduring FX, dynamic database and feedback system. Sensor-driven system coupled with heart rate monitoring promotes physical activity as a means to improve blood glucose control.

2012 Challenge semifinalists

Diabetes 3.0 helps patients and health care providers collect, aggregate, store, analyze and display a comprehensive set of diabetes-related data wirelessly and in real time from various device sources with the goal of achieving better control of patients’ blood sugars.

Green Dot, Open mHealth platform. Helps patients and healthcare providers collect, aggregate, store, analyze and display a comprehensive set of diabetes-related data wirelessly and in real time from various device sources with the goal of achieving better control of patients’ blood sugars.

LiveHealth, web-based real-time video platform. A web-based real-time platform for patients to visit with a registered dietitian, registered nurse and a diabetes educator either individually or in small groups to reduce ER visits, improve lifestyle changes, improve glucose levels, address weight management and improve quality of life.

iRetainRx, interactive mobile system. An interactive mobile system that monitors and enables patients, caregivers and pharmacists to collaborate and successfully implement treatment action plans.

The 2012 Challenge judges

Jon Brilliant, then Controlling Financial Officer, WellDoc®. (Where Jon is today.)

Aneesh Chopra, Former US Chief Technology Officer. (Where Aneesh is today.)

Larry Irving, Founder, The Irving Information Group. (Where Larry is today.)

Ilene J. Klein, then Chief Medical Advisor, Qualcomm Life. (Where Ilene is today.)

Lesa Mitchell, then Vice President, Advancing Innovation, Kauffman Foundation. (Where Lesa is today.)

Sue Siegel, then General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures. (Where Sue is today.)

Dennis Urbaniak, then Vice President, US Diabetes, sanofi-aventis. (Where Dennis is today.)

© 2015 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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