Society for Health Systems Healthcare Innovation Competition

The Challenge

Re-Invent Value-Added Time

Do we truly know how much time is spent actually taking care of the patient?

In today's healthcare industry we know that everybody is busy.  We know physician offices are not accepting patients, so, they must be busy.  We know EDs are busy, we know hospitals and clinicians are busy, but what are we busy on?  Are our well-trained providers performing at the top of their license?

We want to know how much time providers spend actually taking care of patients.  Consider:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Technicians and technologists
  • Administrative personnel

We are looking for the most revolutionary ideas/ways to accurately track time spent in direct patient care.  We want to see what that looks like and how you would use that information to improve the proportion of time actually spent on care, leading to higher productivity.

Team Composition

You can form your own team with a maximum of three (3) people. 


Must register for and attend the 2018 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference. Teams will be assembled four weeks prior to the conference and are encouraged to work on their design prior to the conference.  Presentations will occur during timed sessions at the conference. Each team member must be present during the team working sessions and at least one team member must be present during the pitch presentation.  Power Point presentations are due one week prior to the conference start.

Judging Criteria

There are five total judging criteria which will be equally weighted in determining a winner:

  • Innovation – the extent to which the proposed idea is novel, i.e., different from other existing technology.
  • Market and Applicability– the extent to which the team convincingly demonstrates the idea solves the proposed challenge and that there is a profitable market for the proposed idea.
  • Competitive Advantage – the extent to which the team demonstrates that its design has significant advantages over the most similar, existing technology, or, if no similar competitors exist, the extent to which the team demonstrates a sound plan to enter the market (market its product).
  • Presentation Quality – the extent to which the audio and visual quality of the team's presentation contribute to a convincing pitch.
  • Response to Questions – the team's ability to reply clearly, concisely, and convincingly to judges’ questions.

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Important Dates

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Final day to submit pitch presentations to Innovation Competition Committee.  Teams must submit their presentation files (.ppt) via email by Wednesday February 14, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Prescreening of the presentation will be used to select the top 6 candidates for presentation if there are more than 6 teams in the competition. Teams selected to present will be notified via email by Tuesday February 20, 2017.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

4 – 5 p.m. - Room - Buckhead Ballroom I - Team Presentations. 5 minutes for presentation. 4 minutes for question and answer. No more than 2 team members can participate in the presentation portion. However, all team members can participate in the question and answer portion for their team.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Noon - 1:45 p.m. - Lunch w/ Awards – Winner Announcements.

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