Pioneer Pitch Day

Announcing the Finalists

UPDATE: Find out which ideas we selected to advance to Pitch Day out of the 500+ submissions we received, and follow us on Twitter for future updates.

Pioneer Pitch Day is an opportunity for innovators with ideas for transforming health and health care to pitch their ideas – live and in person – to an esteemed group of judges and RWJF program staff.

Pitch Day will take place on October 16 at AppNexus’ headquarters in New York's Flatiron District. Thomas Goetz, RWJF Entrepreneur-in-Residence and former executive editor of Wired, will host this invitation-only event in conjunction with the foundation’s Pioneer portfolio, which is focused on funding transformative innovations in health and health care.

How Does the Process Work?

First, we issued an open call for ideas on this website (submissions closed as of September 6th). We received over 500 submissions, and selected eight of these for continued consideration. Now, the teams behind these ideas will attend Pitch Day in NYC on October 16 to make the case for funding in front of an esteemed panel of judges. (Learn more about the judges.)

Following Pitch Day, one or more of these teams will be invited to have a meeting with Pioneer program staff and will potentially be invited to submit a full proposal for funding.

What Kinds of Ideas is Pioneer Looking For?

We’re not looking for incremental improvements. We’re not looking for apps. We’re looking for original solutions to entrenched problems that could dramatically improve Americans’ lives.

Read about our funding strategy and explore our existing programs and grants. You can also follow our blog, Pioneering Ideas, for information on the work we fund and our teams’ ideas about transforming health and health care.

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Evidence-based care, simplified

Imagine being able to easily create evidence-based care plans for patients with multiple chronic conditions from automated assessment tools, drawing in existing available clinical data, then being able to communicate and implement the developed care plan with multiple providers and track progress in completing the care plan, create reports on patient health outcomes, quality and process measures and compare effectiveness ...more »

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Proactively Empowering Children to Manage Stress and Function Optimally

Imagine a world, where people are given tools as children to help them internally regulate their own nervous system to manage stress and function optimally in schools, homes and then as adults in communities-we would have a healthier, happier population with less stress related illnesses. What if we proactively empowered children before stress affected their health and before increases in common behavioral diagnoses? ...more »

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toilet that analyzes your ...

The toilet receives many useful signals of your health. It should analyze and make the information about your health available.

 

Would start with ketone detection, alcohol, or something else relatively simple and iterate from there.

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Obliterating Obesity. Let's Help Kids Learn to Physically Pull Their Own Weight!

In this study 492 second, third, and fourth graders (all of whom could do at least one conventional pull up) were tested for their BMI. Of these 492 students, 202 were girls and 290 were boys. According to the data, NONE of the girls were obese. And a full 92% fell into the normal weight range. Which is to say, ONLY 8% fell into the overweight range and carried any excess weight at all. As for the boys, 85% fell ...more »

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Improving Patient Compliance with Chronic Disease Care: Lessons from Addiction Treatment

Vision for change: Relapse rates for chronic illnesses are 40-70% after one year -- a consistent statistic across illnesses. In stark contrast, relapse rates for addicted physicians in monitoring is 22% after 5 years. Relapse prevention strategies – intensive case management and behavioral contracting -- could be replicated with other addicted populations and other chronic illnesses that require behavioral modification. ...more »

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An open-source version of pioneering tools for integrating knowledge and data in patient care

25 years ago, Drs. Larry Weed and Ken Bartholomew transformed a primary care practice with unique electronic tools and standards. That landmark work needs to be revived and made available to all. Unlike current health IT, Dr. Weed’s tools were clinically powerful and yet easy to use for Dr. Bartholomew, his office staff and his patients. They used the tools for identifying relevant patient data, integrating the data ...more »

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Reducing PREVENTABLE health care spending

There is only one thing more powerful than money, a COMMUNITY of people. Fit Livin' is a community of people committed to achieve a healthy lifestyle through our trademark FITNESS WITH A GOAL. We focus on a positive which we call a Performance Goal (a race, event or challenge you must complete) and the by-product (not focus) is better mental attitude and reduced health risks. Once you complete this goal a lifestyle ...more »

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Patient Based EHRs = Interoperability Now

It's time to change the premise of EHRs. While providers will always need to keep proprietary patient records, why should providers be the accepted central repository for a patient's healthcare records? Patients should be the ones controlling their healthcare data, not providers. Providers cannot import mHealth API data into their EHR systems, but patients can. Providers cannot import genetic API data into their ...more »

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Lyndale Gardens--A Holistic Town Center in Richfield

A new town center for Richfield...a new model for healthy living and sustainable development for the region. Vision created out of collaborative community process. Emphasis on art, nature, local food, healthy living, lifelong learning and housing choices for all. Amazing public spaces including performance stage, farmers market, community pizza/bread oven, fire pit, kids play area and walking trails. 151 units of ...more »

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Data Linkage to Financial Distress Among Cancer Patients

Cancer bankrupts patients and families. The Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research aims to change this. HICOR combines the dual expertise of Dr. Scott Ramsey, a nationally recognized public health clinician and economist. Our unique perspective promises transformative improvements for the well-being of cancer patients. No other groups are quantitatively assessing or addressing the full economic and social impacts ...more »

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EpiTrack: A solution for the construction of epidemiological scenarios in real time

The increased population flow from trade and tourism favors the displacement of individuals living in different realities, often exposed to endemic locations. How health management can prepare for predicting the occurrence of outbreaks? The EpiTrack can show the way. It is a set of technologies that combine epidemiology with computing and from this epidemiological scenarios can be constructed, basing health managers for ...more »

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Accountability

Health care is rarely practice in today's society. In today's society we provide sick care. My idea is people should have more accountability for their health care. Health promotion and disease prevention activities should be pushed on the insurance consumers. Insurance companies should reward or deduct costs for health promotion/disease prevention activities like groceries and exercise. People can get itemized receipts ...more »

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