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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 ?



Milestone Prizes

  • Milestone 1: $5,000
  • Milestone 2: $5,000

Grand Prizes

  • 1st Place: $30,000
  • 2nd Place: $20,000
  • 3rd Place: $10,000
  • 4th Place: $7,000
  • 5th Place: $6,000
  • 6-8th Place: $5,000

LSU Prize

  • $2,000

Prize Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be judged along the following dimensions (in addition to compliance with the Submission Guidelines):

  • Overall submission quality and completeness
  • Potential impact on the patient and family hospital experience
  • Ease of adoption and implementation

The Milestone prizes and the Lean Startup Conference (LSU) prize are subject to the following additional evaluation criteria:

Milestone 1
Focus will be on problem identification and solution description. Submissions featuring clear descriptions of the problem being addressed and a solid approach for solving it will be favored. Submissions must be made by Friday, Dec 21, 2012 to be considered for the first milestone prize.

Milestone 2
Focus will be on visual communication of the problem and proposed solution. Submissions featuring screenshots, storyboards, and prototypes under development will be favored. Submissions must be made by Monday, Jan 21, 2013 to be considered for the second milestone prize.

LSU Prize
The Lean Startup Conference prize will be awarded to the best-judged submission by a team that includes a member registered with the LSU (see the Rules for more details on eligibility for the LSU Prize).  To register your team as eligible, send an email to LSUprize@kaggle.com before the submission deadline on February 17, 2013.  The email should have subject line "LSU Prize" and it should include the relevant member's full name, display name and the email address the member used when registering for the conference.

Participants winning milestone prizes remain eligible to win grand prizes.
Please see the timeline for more details.

Judging Panel (5 members)

  1. Bret Barczak – GE – Chief Marketing Officer, Global Services
  2. Fran Dirksmeier – GE - General Manager, Asset Management
  3. Jeremy Howard – Kaggle - President & Chief Scientist
  4. Rich Milani – Ochsner Health System – Vice Chairman and M.D
  5. Warner Thomas – Ochsner Health System - President and CEO

Panel Biographies

Bret Barczak

Barczak head shotBret Barczak is the Chief Marketing Officer of Global Services within Healthcare.  His team is responsible for driving growth and innovation in the business thru a portfolio aimed at helping healthcare providers address difficult operational challenges. Bret holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from St Norbert College and a MBA from Marquette University.  

Bret has 20+ years of marketing experience – most of it at GE.  He has held a variety of positions at GE Healthcare - all within the Services/Solutions business - building portfolios focused on customer needs and targeted strategies for growth.  He has led innovation and thought leadership strategies to enhance the GE Healthcare brand and differentiate its services in the market.  

Fran Dirksmeier

Dirksmeier head shotFran Dirksmeier brings more than 25 years of experience to his position as General Manager, Asset Management Solutions.  He’s recognized in the healthcare industry for being both a visionary leader and a strategic entrepreneur with a track record for bringing out the best in people to drive growth and operational excellence.  As General Manager of Global Asset Management, Dirksmeier and team have set their sights on tackling more than $100B of operational waste in the global healthcare system.   Previously, Dirksmeier co-founded Agility Healthcare Solutions, now owned by GE.  Agility offers the only solution that provides enterprise visibility and management of patient flow, assets, beds and rooms, staff, emergency department activities, and surgical services processes in an integrated, modular application.  Dirksmeier’s prior executive management experience includes positions as president of McKesson Medical-Surgical business,  president and COO of BakerAPS, owned by McKesson; vice president of national accounts for McKesson Health Systems, the company's institutional pharmacy business; vice president of strategic business services for the Medical Group; and president of acute care for the Medical Group.

Jeremy Howard

Howard head shotJeremy Howard is President and Chief Scientist at Kaggle. Previously, he founded FastMail (sold to Opera Software) and Optimal Decisions (sold to ChoicePoint – now called LexisNexis Risk Solutions). Prior to that he worked in management consulting, at McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney. Jeremy’s passion is applying algorithms to data. At FastMail he used algorithms to automate nearly every part of the business – as a result the company only needed a total of 3 full time staff, and got over a million signups. Optimal Decisions was a business entirely built to commercialise a new algorithm he designed for the optimal pricing of insurance. Jeremy also speaks frequently on leading edge developments in predictive modeling and machine learning, and he is on the faculty of Singularity University.

Rich Milani

Milani head shotDr. Milani earned his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville before completing his internal medicine internship and residency and a fellowship in critical care medicine at UF, Jacksonville. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Ochsner after a two-year clinical and research fellowship in preventive medicine and clinical epidemiology at Harvard School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Milani is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has been on staff at Ochsner since 1991. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and specializes in consultative cardiology. His expertise includes echocardiography, preventive cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, lipidology, and population medicine. He regularly publishes his research findings and has written numerous articles and book chapters for scientific medical publications.

Warner Thomas

Thomas head shotMr. Thomas joined Ochsner Health System in 1998.  As President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas  is responsible for the overall strategic growth and development of the Health System.  He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer since joining Ochsner in 1998. 

Thomas brings to Ochsner ten years of administrative expertise in management, finance, operations and strategic planning. Prior to Ochsner, he served as President/CEO of Foundation Medical Partners, Inc., a multi-specialty physician group subsidiary of the Southern New Hampshire Health System in Nashua, NH.

Thomas received his Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1994 from Boston University Graduate School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from New Hampshire College in Manchester, NH.  Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow in The American College of Healthcare Executives, Chairman of the American Hospital Association Section for Health Care Systems Governing Council, a board member of Healthy Lifestyle Choices, and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and New Orleans Business Council.