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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Documentation That Allows Healthcare Workers to Provide Care

Problem: Nurses are subjected to mounds of documentation, which is increasing exponentially. This detracts from patient care. Solution: Dictation style documentation using a hands-free device. By hooking up a voice activated system to a dictation system, healthcare workers, especially nurses, can provide more hands-on care while documenting assessments, issues, interventions, and provide real-time feedback on a patient's ...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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Basic evidence-based care for all with "buy up" capacity

Every American would be given basic health coverage indexed to an essential benefit plan. Insurance companies would compete on regulated exchanges that were consumer friendly and reimbursements for services and drugs would be subjected to a value-based reference price. Coverage would be paid through taxes proportional to income. Payments for experimental or expensive treatments would be determined by a national health ...more »

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Wish List: A web-based resource tool that supports patients and families of the terminally ill.

The purpose of the " Wish List" is to channel resources to terminaly ill individuals. The WISH LIST is a customized patient-centered website, facebook and/or twitter page managed by a tax exempt non-profit and/or hospice organization. Resource requests will be generated by patient and/or caregiver and may be offers of service and/or financial support. Social media communication will provide a periodic health update ...more »

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Split the Health Insurance Benefit with the Patient, to Cut Waste but Preserve Access and Choice

Much healthcare provides little or no value. Americans oppose overt rationing, and for high-cost procedures, cost-sharing is stymied by necessary caps on out-of-pocket spending. The “split benefit” is a new way to reduce consumption of these high-cost, low-value procedures. When a physician prescribes a costly unproven procedure, the insurer could pay a small portion of the benefit directly to the patient, which he ...more »

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Mercedes vs Honda

Fiercely independent, distrustful of government--we are a country founded by iconoclasts, refugees, and usurpers. US culture is comfortable with disparities; a health system for this country must be congruent with this ethos. I propose a two tiered health system--in the private tier, patients could keep private insurance and private hospitals and spend as much as they like out of pocket on health care--the Mercedes health ...more »

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organ donation, a unique approach

The present system for meeting the demand for organ transplants is broken; The GOLD advocates an unconventional solution by executing a unique model to help reduce the current demand/ supply deficit for transplants. Virtually all present appeal efforts for organ transplants have been directed toward seeking deceased donors. This is inefficient at best, since even if one can see beyond the harsh visions of their own ...more »

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Spreading the Riches of Collaborative Care: Linking Behavioral Health and Primary Care

One in 5 Americans has a diagnosable mental disorder but only 40% receive care. Of these, only 1 in 4 see a mental health specialist; the majority are treated in primary care. This initiative will leverage resources of select professional organizations to support wide-spread integration of behavioral health and primary care as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act using the Collaborative Care Model (CCM). CCM is ...more »

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Charlotte County Hepatitis C Clinic

Hepatitis C, literally an "inflammation of the liver", is the most prevalent blood borne viral disease in the United States and the deadliest. Charlotte County had one of the highest incidence case report rates of chronic hepatitis C in the state in 2012 (117.12 per 100,000 compared to state total rate of 96.59 per 100,000 people). In January 2012, with start up funds from a Low Income Pool grant in the amount of $220,000, ...more »

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Playing Games to Change Dietary Decisions: Gamification of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Imagine a school cafeteria in which the children are playing a game. The school is helping 4 heroes battle a group of villains bent on killing every plant in the universe. The school helps the heroes by meeting daily fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption goals. Imagine that the goals are in the Goldilocks zone: not too difficult, nor too easy. Instead they adapt to the skill level of the school, just like in a video game. ...more »

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Raise the status and health of women and girls, and the status and health of the nation rises

Non-profit after school Mini Mermaid Running Club has empowered and inspired over 1500 girls and countless familes since it's creation in 2010 from San Francisco to Bagdad, from Montana to Tijuana from Mississippi to Bhutan. Over 6 weeks, girls are empowered through easy, flexible curriculum as they condition for a 5k. Strong, confident Mini Mermaid knows that being her best self is important- and good enough! False ...more »

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Lottery for Life: Social Networking for Health and Financial Rewards

LOTTERY FOR LIFE-Unlocking power of social networks by revealing value of preventive health care. Change: Engage region to improve healthy behaviors by creating simple, powerful infrastructure for individuals to identify own health risks, set measurable individual goals, engage wide spectrum of social networks to encourage engagement, and system of tangible rewards to create dramatic “winners” of LOTTERY FOR LIFE. Get ...more »

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