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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Prevent Physician Burnout at its Source - Modular Video Training for Med Schools and Residencies

A functioning healthcare delivery system can only be built on a foundation of healthy, happy doctors. Research consistently shows an average of 1 in 3 physicians suffering from symptomatic burnout on any given office day. Burnout decreases care quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Burned out doctors will not innovate and cannot adapt quickly to a changing healthcare environment. The four major causes of burnout ...more »

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Bridging the communications and cultural gaps in health care

Healthcare depends greatly on communication and understanding. Limited English skills combined with varying literacy levels and cultural barriers often make it hard for people to embrace directives from health professionals. This project would create statewide hubs of cross-cultural multimedia exchange to enhance the capacity of all individuals to live fully in a multicultural world, and build the capacity of health ...more »

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ExchangeMeds allows hospitals the capability to acquire urgently needed medications in real time.

Drug shortages represent a pressing public health problem and expiring drugs cost the industry >$3 billion each year. Today >200 life saving drugs are in short supply and at least 40 deaths since 2010 have been blamed on these shortages. Expired pharmaceuticals are polluting our ecosystem. We are dedicated to easing the drug shortage crisis in order to deliver best medical practices for patients and healthcare professionals. ...more »

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The Bio Map to Health

Diagnostic process leads to patients spending years returning to physicians for the same problems. This affects the morale of a person and impacts the cost significantly. At Human Plus we seek to revolutionize healthcare by developing advancements in search technologies, bioinformatics, high-throughput (HT) assays and multiplexing technologies. We seek to improve the diagnostics and therapeutics using Triphase, a 3-stage ...more »

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Pharmacy Home for the Underserved

Medicines are essential in the equation of health. We propose a pharmacy home (PH) for the sickest and costliest patients, indigent or underinsured, the 5% who account for 50% of all health care costs. The PH will: create a pharmacy benefit manager for the underserved, devise an intelligent formulary, provide medication free or at minimal cost, perform medication reconciliation, screen for drug-drug interactions, reduce ...more »

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Personal Medicine Plus Mobile Wellness Platform

The Personal Medicine Plus Project utilizes emerging mobile technology and application development, utilization of accelerometer technology, cloud platform interfacing, and mobile health biometric screening tools to enable chronic disease self management and chronic disease elimination for the rural working poor. We hope to take the pre diabetic overweight smoker back from the brink of a remaining lifetime lived in ...more »

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A Holistic System for Early Identification and Intervention of Developmental Delays Among Children

The institutions of Education and Health have monumental impacts upon a child’s life. Operating in silos, these institutions create gaps in education and health care. However, through a statewide collaboration, we will create a comprehensive approach to health and education around a holistic system of early identification and intervention for developmental delays in children. Many children are subject to adverse childhood ...more »

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Developing excellence in delivery of care through a family caregiver centered approach

Family caregivers play an invisible, essential, and critical role in providing care for their loved ones in the home. The health of family caregivers frequently takes a back seat to providing care to the family member. Determining how family caregivers perceive their health is an initial step in developing family caregiver centered care; a strategy to maintain and improve the health of family caregivers to augment the ...more »

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Vision: Preventative Care-A public health model transforms the way hospitals deliver care:

Hospitals provide universal, preventative obesity screening (simple) intervene (disruptive) and refer to community-based care & treatment (innovative) How to get there: ask what is your height and weight? 1 question during a hospital admission could transform care, health & cost -quickly assesses the severity of risk (a BMI calculation of at least 25 based on height and weight of an adult is overweight, at risk for ...more »

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Managing ED Super-utilization through Predictive Modeling and Real Time Data Monitoring

Preventing non-emergent ER usage is essential to reducing medical costs and to improving outcomes. ER super-utilizers are often transient and have socio-economic issues that impact care. Our partner PHMC and other Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have the niche role of working with the riskiest patient population, and have proven to be effective with their care coordination, on-site aid of patients... and addressing ...more »

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A New Way to Listen to Patients … Completely

“When people talk, listen completely” - Ernest Hemingway Who hasn’t waited to see a physician, only to feel rushed when their doctor finally arrived? Who hasn’t felt something wrong at night in the hospital, but forgotten to mention it during morning rounds? Who hasn’t felt their voice was not only unheard, but unwanted? No one needs to feel that way anymore. We propose “My Patient Companion”, a revolutionary ...more »

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Goal-Directed Health Care

The current medical paradigm involves identifying abnormalities and trying to correct them. The hope is that by doing so, health goals (prevention of premature death and disability, enhancement of quality of life, optimal growth and development, a good death) will be achieved. Better outcomes at lower cost can very probably be achieved by focusing more directly on the goals and prioritizing strategies based upon their ...more »

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