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GE Hospital Quest

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Wed 28 Nov 2012
– Mon 18 Feb 2013 (3 years ago)


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  • December 21, 2012
    Milestone 1 Submission Cutoff
  • December 28, 2012
    Milestone 1 Winner Announced
  • January 21, 2013
    Milestone 2 Submission Cutoff
  • January 28, 2013
    Milestone 2 Winner Announced
  • February 17, 2013
    Submissions Closed
  • March 4, 2013
    Grand Prize Winners announced

Prize Pool

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Milestone Prizes ?

Milestone 1 $5,000
Milestone 2 $5,000

Grand Prizes

1st $30,000
2nd $20,000
3rd $10,000
4th $7,000

LSU Prize ?



Hospital Quest Winners

  1. 1st Prize: Aidin: Helping patients find the best post-acute care available

    Designed by Mike Galbo, Russ Graney and Janan Rajeevikaran (New York, NY, USA)

    Integrated with the discharge management process, this app automatically generates lists of available post-acute care providers. This minimizes administrative tasks for social workers and enables them to devote more time to patients.

    • Russ Graney, Chief Executive Officer, Aidin. While at Monitor Clipper Partners, Russ oversaw executive-level operational and strategic projects at multiple investments in the healthcare industry, including the integration of a newly acquired case management services company. Russ was formerly a consultant with Bain & Company where he advised Fortune 50 companies in the telecommunications, financial services and consumer products groups and also founded and led a charter school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. Russ graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
    • Mike Galbo, Chief Operating Officer, Aidin. Mike is an energy engineer and front-end developer with experience in energy management operations and deployment of cutting edge technologies. Prior to joining Aidin, Mike managed several Fortune 100 accounts at EnerNOC, an innovative energy IT company. Mike formerly led a research team at Boston University that developed technology to convert waste into hydrogen. Mike received his B.S. in Energy Engineering at Boston University and his B.A. from Holy Cross College.
    • Janan Rajeevikaran, Chief Technology Officer, Aidin. Janan has over 10 years of software development experience in over 20 languages. He previously created and implemented a multi-modal medical imaging system for use in a large research hospital in Toronto’s University Health Network, and founded two information technology companies. Janan received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a specialty in Biomedical Engineering from McMaster University.
  2. 2nd Prize: Discharge Roadmap App: A Patient-Centric App for a Better Discharge Experience

    Designed by Sabrina Casucci, Dapeng Cao, Theresa Guarrera, David LaVergne, Nicolette McGeorge, Judith Tiferes Wang, and Yuan Zhou (Buffalo, NY, USA)

    This app provides a mobile solution to the complex problems of discharge management. By supporting better communication throughout the discharge management process, it introduces patient and caregiver choice into the discharge discussion and supports timely communication between the hospital care team and community based care providers.

    • Sabrina Casucci is currently a doctoral candidate in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo, where she was awarded the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship. Sabrina also holds a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo. Prior to her current studies, Sbrina worked in the manufacturing industry for more than 10 years and focused on process improvement and product quality. As a graduate student, Sabrina uses stochastic modeling, simulation, and process improvement methodologies to develop practical solutions for critical healthcare problems, including reducing hospital readmission rates and improving clinical decision support systems for physicians, patients, and healthcare payers. Website »
    • Dapeng Cao is the Senior Healthcare Analyst at Catholic Medical Partners, the largest network of independent practicing physicians in Western New York. At Catholic Medical Partners, Dapeng holds a key role in designing localized Bundled Payments, developing effective clinical pathways, and reporting quality and utilization for the federal Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program. Dapeng also led a number of consulting projects optimizing healthcare delivery systems for hospital surgical service lines, home care, tele-health services, and ambulatory surgical centers. Dapeng is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering - Human Factors at the University at Buffalo. His research interests are healthcare modeling, information visualization, and decision-making. Website »
    • Theresa Guarrera is currently a doctoral candidate in Human Factors Engineering at the University at Buffalo, where she also earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Prior to entering graduate school, Theresa was the project director for a usability study of a patient tracking system in an emergency department. As a graduate student, Theresa has been involved with a series of human factors engineering studies that have applied methods of cognitive systems engineering, usability, and simulation to assess the implementation of Health IT systems in the healthcare domain. Website »
    • David LaVergne earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University and is now a doctoral student in the Human Factors Engineering program at the University at Buffalo, where he was awarded the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship. He hopes to pursue research in auditory data displays and currently serves as chapter president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Website »
    • Nicolette McGeorge is a Human Factors Engineering PhD student in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo. Nicolette also holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. Nicolette has past experience working as a manufacturing engineer, supporting the production of tactical communication technology for the military. Past research includes studying the ergonomics of the upper extremities during the use of various handheld products, such as pipettes and handheld scanners. While at the University at Buffalo, Nicolette's research has focused on studying the implementation of Health IT using Industrial Engineering and Cognitive Engineering methods such as workflow analysis, simulation, content analysis, and cognitive work analysis. Website »
    • Judith Tiferes Wang earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) in her native Argentina. After working in industry for more than six years in both teaching and manufacturing, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University at Buffalo in Human Factors Engineering. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Judith hopes to return to Argentina in order to promote the field among both students and professionals. Website »
    • Yuan Zhou is currently a doctoral candidate in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo, where she completed a master of science degree specialized in Production Systems from the same department. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electronic Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in China. Yuan’s research interests include Lean Six Sigma, agent-based simulation modeling, and infectious disease modeling. She has been working as a research assistant in the health care domain for three years, with projects including evaluation of the impact of EHR interoperability, providers’ workload modeling of the emergency department, and operating room efficiency. Website »
  3. 3rd Prize: Request-a-Porter: Performing the transport request process in hospitals

    Designed by Philip Xiu, Ivan Wong (London, UK), Alex Fargus (York, UK) and Alain Vuylsteke (Cambridge, UK)

    This app enables a more efficient approach to managing porter resources in a care facility, dispatching porter resources to the areas of greatest need. Clearstream Health Ltd. is a team of frontline clinicians, academics, graphic designers and computer programmers who are dedicated to finding innovative and creative solution to increase efficiency in the hospital process. There are many problems which plague patients or the frontline clinicians; which can be overcome with smart use of technology.

    • Dr Philip Xiu is a doctor in academic cardiology, he is especially interested in the way mobile technology can used to reform modern healthcare by improving the physician-patient relationship.
    • Dr Ivan Wong is a doctor in academic anaesthesia, his research interest is in peri-operative patient safety and quality improvement and he has conducted international quality improvement projects.
    • Alex Fargus has a Masters Degree in Computer Software and System Engineering and is currently studying for an Engineering Doctorate in Large Scale Complex IT Systems at the University of York. His role in the team was to develop the technical portion of the submission and ensure the feasibility of the proposal.
    • Dr Alain Vuylsteke is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive at Papworth Hospital and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. One of the area of work of his research group is the impact of information technology on the clinical environment.
  4. 4th Prize: WorkMeIn: Reducing Friction for Patient Referrals

    Designed by Jon Gautsch, (Gallatin, TN, USA)

    By grouping primary care physicians by “permission levels” and patients with a “priority score,” this app is designed to streamline scheduling between primary care physicians and specialists. This allows specialists to schedule more referrals from physicians whose referrals lead to the most surgeries and ultimately, more profit for specialty offices.

    • Jon Gautsch is currently a junior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in computer science. He is from Nashville, TN. Jon is very passionate about entrepreneurship, building web apps, and producing music. He is also interested in data science and its application to healthcare. Jon turned down a position with a large healthcare software company in order to work full time on WorkMeIn. He is currently raising startup capital to move forward with the venture. He would love to talk to anyone interested in chatting about the app, and can be contacted at jgautsch@nd.edu.
  5. 5th Prize: Sherpa: Empowering patients and caretakers for a successful post-hospital transition

    Designed by Molly Lafferty (Brooklyn, NY, USA) and Mark Kizelshteyn (New York, NY, USA)

    This app facilitates the communication of discharge instructions in a visual, plain-language manner, helping patients to better follow with their post-discharge care plan.

    • Mark Kizelshteyn is an interaction designer at Huge from New York City. He is passionate about creating digital experiences to empower people. Mark studied at Washington University in St. Louis.
    • Molly Lafferty is an interaction designer at Huge based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2012, she received a master's in Interaction Design, with a focus on designing for online patient communities, from Carnegie Mellon University.
  6. 6th Prize: CoverMyMeds: Streamlining the Prior Authorization Process

    Designed by Matt Scantland (Twinsburg, OH, USA)

    This app streamlines the medication pre-authorization process by consolidating and automating requests from health plans and delivering the information to care providers.

    • Matt Scantland, Co–founder and Principle at CoverMyMeds.
      Matt is responsible for product development and security, and overall leadership of the operations and analytics functions. Along with CoverMyMeds, Matt co-founded, and is president of Innova Partners, a thriving software development company serving the healthcare industry. Innova builds and operates software for some of the leading names in health care. Innova has been one of the best places in Columbus for developers to work since 2004. Matt is active in the civic community, supporting the downtown business scene, renovating first class creative space, and contributing to local arts organizations and the open source software community in Columbus. Matt was nominated to Business First’s 40 Under 40 in 2008, and has been a Chair of the Ohio State Science Fair Finals Sponsored Awards in Engineering and Information Technology. Matt graduated with honors and distinction from The Ohio State University where he conducted award-winning research and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
  7. 7th Prize: HOSPITABLE (TM): Making Patients Feel At Home and In Control of their Stay

    Designed by Chris Nunes (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

    This tablet-based app delivers a robust set of tools to patients, allowing them to interface with the hospital to learn more about their care, understand ownership of their own health and records, participate in quality and error control, and provide feedback on their experience.

    • Chris Nunes is founder and president of a mobile augmented reality start-up called Holofy, which has created the world's first real-time augmented reality advertising platform. Chris led the Holofy team to be a finalist in the Silicon Beach Hackathon in 2012 with a unique web-based start-up control panel called CloudHero, and he holds two patents - one for a mobile audio accessory, and another for a location-centric search algorithm, which the Holofy team is in the process of turning into a next-generation barcode scanning app called GreenLight that calculates the true total purchase cost of locally scanned items, after factoring in context-specific details like fuel used, traffic encountered, parking costs, and carbon generated from a purchase outing, and provides users with purchase information for lower-priced alternatives. Chris also developed the world's first augmented reality app for the Hollywood Walk of Fame called StarPop, where tourists can aim their smartphone camera at one of 12 stars on the sidewalk to have that celebrity emerge life-sized on the sidewalk for candid photos with the family. Prior to Holofy, Chris was a corporate strategist and product manager at two start-ups in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Between his time in Silicon Valley and Holofy, Chris earned a law degree from Georgetown University and practiced media law in Hollywood CA.
  8. 8th Prize: VIVE: Enhancing the patient experience and operations management

    Designed by Colin N. Young (Ithaca, NY, USA), Kerry McLuckie (Northcliff, South Africa), Catharine G. Clark (Ithaca, NY, USA) and David Clark (Johannesburg, South Africa)

    This app provides workflow checklists for standard healthcare procedures to improve operational flow, provide vital information for the patient and hospital staff, reduce mistakes and improve the patient experience.

    • Kerry McLuckie | Clinical Psychologist (Private Practice), South Africa
      My studies involved obtaining a Masters degree in Research Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1999, and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pretoria. Whilst I have always had a keen interest in research my working experience has predominantly focused on work as a psychotherapist. Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 2000 I have worked in various settings – from lecturing, to practicing in medical and psychiatric hospitals. I have recently resigned as the Unit Manager of a Dual Diagnosis Unit in a private psychiatric hospital where I had the opportunity to come to understand some of the management issues that are associated with hospital care. This move has allowed me more time to spend in direct care of my patients, and to explore some research issues that could pave the way to registering for a doctoral degree.
    • Colin N. Young is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University Ithaca, NY; and has a Ph.D. in Physiology, University of Missouri. After completing his undergraduate and master’s work at the University of Delaware, Colin ventured to the Midwest and completed his doctoral training at the University of Missouri in the area of Physiology. He is presently a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University and his current research interest is centered upon the brain as the cause of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Aside from being strongly involved in scientific research pursuits, Colin has always been interested in human health – from understanding how diseases are caused, to improving current treatment strategies, to educating the public about difficult scientific and medical concepts. The GE Quest was an opportunity to channel all these passions into a single submission.
    • Catharine G. Clark is a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University, Department of Biomedical Engineering; and has a PhD from University of Missouri in Biomedical Sciences. A love for the brain, sparked by a post-baccalaureate fellowship in neurogenetics at the National Institutes for Health, led Catharine to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, specifically in the neuroscience realm. As an extension of this, her postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University – Biomedical Engineering Department, continues her quest of understanding the intricacies of the brain. Using advanced optical techniques Catharine now investigates the challenges associated with neural interface technology, which has provided a promising framework for the treatment of patients who suffer limb loss. Since her childhood, education has always been a huge part of her life and has played a very important role in the development of the app. While the idea of a checklist certainly is not a novel one, it does create a sense of empowerment for the user, and therefore serves as an educational tool. Team VIVE has taken the already recognized importance of checklists for improving medical and patient care, and packaged it in an easy and accessible way, ensuring its availability anytime, anywhere.
    • David Clark is the Executive Director and Software Developer at OPSI Systems; with an MSc in Computer Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. Ever since writing his first program on an Apple II plus, David has been designing and deploying software applications to assist people to work more effectively and efficiently. After receiving a Masters degree in Computer Science in 1991 from the University of the Witwatersrand, David helped start OPSI Systems. Today the company employs over 50 people and provides the logistics industry in South Africa with some very powerful software tools for routing, scheduling and analytical studies involving the logistics chain. While much of his work now involves project management, he still remains an active developer and has been enjoying the many new challenges that have been introduced in the web, mobile and cloud arenas. David currently hosts a monthly discussion forum for the Johannesburg Centre of Software Engineering that revolves around various topics that have been recorded at international conferences. He is currently a member of the ACM, IEEE and AAAI. In December of 2012 he received permission from the Lean Startup Conference organizers to host a live stream of the event in Johannesburg, and heard about the GE Quests during the presentation by Beth Comstock. David felt this was a fantastic idea on GE’s part and seemed to be a perfect fit with what Beth Comstock had voiced in her presentation. The initial idea of creating an intelligent checklist came principally from having read Atul Gawandes excellent book on the subject ‘The Checklist manifesto’. Hospitals in general can be a maze of strange procedures and process and the thought of being able to provide people with a contextual map of that world in the form a simple checklist seemed like a good starting point. Many thanks to his teammates, and to Catharine and Colin in particular for taking that starting point and turning it into something much more concrete.
  9. Lean Startup Prize: Info Point Dashboard: Improving Patient Communications and Transport

    Designed by Scott Keisler (West Palm Beach, FL, USA)

    This idea focused on increasing the use of geographic information and technologies to improve scheduling.

    • Scott Keisler
      Professional experience: business analyst, cashier, sales.
      B.A. from Adelphi University Garden City, New York