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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myAdvocate: a digital health resource to empower patients

We intend to develop a digital health resource called myAdvocate that addresses language barriers, variation in health literacy levels, allows patients to prepare for their clinical visits and follows up on key information exchanged with their caregivers. This digital resource will not only engage patients in their care through basic health knowledge prior to their visit, but it will also prompt them to ask the right ...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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Diamond Cutter "Thoughts are Things": Mind, Body and Spirit

Current thinking in the U.S health system is doctors heal patients from the outside in. Diamond Cutter believes that health begins from the inside out; and in many instances, other than trauma, is within the control of the client through the control of their thoughts. Research currently being done in epigenetics, quantum physics and neurotheology speaks to the mind-body connection Our approach includes the total ...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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Rights Bring Responsibilities ... Breeding Pride,Care and Comitment

Health is a public good. Health care is not an individual event, but rather a system that impacts each member of society, with each individual user having a role. In this context, we must reposition our understanding of health care as not just a basic right, but as a basic right and responsibility. Health care needs to be valued in a manner akin to our national security. Each citizen has assets, which can help us to solve ...more »

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Loyalty rewards cards, lottery tickets and check-ins for a healthier America

Many people have loyalty rewards cards and buy lottery tickets. Rewards cards yield incentives and lottery tickets, sometimes, yield big payouts. But instead of incentives, let’s use a proven peer pressure technique employed by hotels to encourage towel/linen reuse. Every time a customer swipes a card, cashiers read out a pre-programmed message stating something like: “Did you know people who shopped today using your ...more »

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Music and Song as an Interactive Calming Tool Easing Fear and Pain for Children in Hospitalization

Music and song can literally transform a child's experience,during challenging hospital routines and procedures. Scared, sometimes under anesthetized, occasionally even forcefully restrained during necessary treatment, children's suffering can be minimized, even sometimes eliminated, simply by using music. As the parent or nurse sings to or with the child everyone relaxes as endorphins run through the central nervous ...more »

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Gluten Free Decision Tree

Gluten sensitivity is on the rise. Sensitivities to gluten (the protein in wheat/barley/rye) are difficult to diagnose because patients have such varied symptoms. More than half the patients go undiagnosed for 10+ years, and many are never diagnosed. Unfortunately our medical system has a hard time diagnosing/treating many gluten sensitive patients. Gastroenterologists, Endocrinologists, and other docs may be involved ...more »

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Medical Assistants the Critical Link to Treat and Reduce Obesity within the Patient-Centered Medical

In 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require payors to cover treatment of obesity. Medicaid wants a cost-effective approach to provide this intensive intervention, and offices require adequate reimbursement for these services. If Medicaid follows the Medicare reimbursement rate, it is not financially viable for physicians to be the interventionists. Medical offices in California typically have medical assistants, who ...more »

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10 Things Medical Providers Can Do to Address Violence:

Violence is a critical health issue but its clinical treatment is neglected in medicine. There are biological factors that are amenable to treatment. Exposure to adverse experiences, violence, and other stressors can lead to problematic fear-related responses (panic, rage) and patients with sensitivity to perceived threats and impaired cognitive control can cause injury to self or others. Living with this condition has ...more »

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End-of-Life decisions created, stored and shared as video and a Living Directive

The health system has a new metric "value". Patients making decisions for end of life care through an advanced directive, accomplishes both higher quality outcomes, and reduces costs by 36%. End of life without appropriate planning leads to wasteful choices. Today 80% people would choose to be at home, but less than 20% of us are. End of life care starts with a conversation with your family, but it is a hard topic to ...more »

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Alleviating Health Disparities Among Transgendered Persons

Healthcare service providers have found that helping transgender individuals obtain the services they need (e.g., substance use treatment, housing, healthcare) is difficult because other service providers may not want to work with transgender clients. Furthermore, lack of sensitivity on the part of health care providers who do not respect the expressed gender identity of transgender persons can adversely influence whether ...more »

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