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"Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools" Challenge


Join the NHIT Collaborative, Massachusetts General Hospital 
and their partners 
in the "Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools" Challenge


A call for all innovators inspired to build digital health tools that connect
underserved populations to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, October 25, 2016 - The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative), Massachusetts General Hospital and its partners announce the official opening of a challenge with cash prizes for "Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools."  Pre-proposal submissions are due November 21, 2016.
For more information, join the PMI Challenge Kick-Off webinar on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET.  Visit the website for the Webinar and application details.
This challenge is made possible through the collaboration of stakeholders from the public and private sector, including NHIT Collaborative, Partners Healthcare, TracFone, HIMSS, Howard University College of Medicine and The National Human Genome Center at Howard University.  Prizes totaling $25,000 will be funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  The Consortium for the Improvement of Medicine through Innovation and Technology (CIMIT) at Massachusetts General Hospital is providing the Challenge application management infrastructure.
"Now more than ever there is understanding that engagement and inclusion of people from underserved communities and communities of color will be vital to the success of the PMI initiative.  The array of partners participating in this challenge is a testament to 
this," said NHIT Collaborative CEO Luis Belen. 
The challenge is the first-of-its-kind initiative to inspire and fund entrepreneurs building digital health tools that:
  • Address the Precision Medicine needs of people in underserved and medically underserved communities
  • Facilitate participation of people from underserved and medically underserved communities to the Precision Medicine cohort
  • Promote the use of open health platforms to expand the breadth, depth and interoperability of digital health tools and associated data to support the Precision Medicine Initiative 
In addition to prize money, entrepreneurs selected in the challenge will receive mentorship from challenge partners in their journey from envisioning to deploying and potentially commercializing these solutions.
"Partners Healthcare and other challenge partners are excited to collaborate with challenge entrepreneurs in areas such as use of standards and interoperability of solutions into the broader health and health IT ecosystem," said Dr. Julian Goldman, who leads the MGH / Partners Medical Device Plug and Play Interoperability Program.
Challenge finalists will be announced at the Third Annual NHIT Collaborative Conference, "The Perfect Storm: Genomics, Precision Medicine, and Health IT Innovation Creating Opportunities in Underserved Communities," December 11-14, in conjunction with the HIMSS Connected Health Conference, Washington, DC.  The final awards will be announced at the HIMSS Annual Conference February 20-23rd in Orlando.
About NHIT Collaborative
Since 2008, NHIT Collaborative has focused on the elimination of health disparities and attainment of optimal health for underserved communities. NHIT Collaborative works in partnership with organizations and individuals to assure that members of these communities' benefit fully from HIT advances.
Added Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by NHIT Collaborative

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