Digital Health: Innovation Center

Innovation Challenges

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NewYork-Presbyterian frequently hosts public competitions to engage our hospital and technology communities in our work. Recent challenges include:

InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge

In spring 2016, NewYork-Presbyterian hosted the InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge, a ten-week competition to develop applications, technologies, and games for pediatric patients and pediatric care providers. The Challenge began with a weekend-long Pediatric Appathon. Participants could compete in the Appathon, Challenge, or both.
Components of the Competition


  • Over the course of 30 hours, more than 85 participants formed teams and developed ideas that used technology to improve the pediatric healthcare experience.
  • To begin the Appathon, participants saw presentations from the Family Advisory Councils of both NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
  • Throughout the weekend, NewYork-Presbyterian IT and clinical staff answered contestants' questions. NewYork-Presbyterian also hosted in-person networking and educational events for participants.
  • Fifteen prototypes were submitted for review.
  • Judges awarded a total of $10,000 in prizes.


  • Each team developed a working prototype of a software application that uses data to advance pediatrics and enhances what the healthcare community can offer to  younger patients.
  • Each of the applications used Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)-enabled data,  the newest easy-to-implement data standard for exchanging electronic health records.
  • The Challenge included 215 participants on 16 teams.
  • On Demo Day, the five finalists presented their solutions in person to our panel. Judges awarded a total of $40,000 to the top three teams.

InnovateNYP: Open Challenge

The InnovateNYP: Open Challenge is a 10-week competition to identify and prototype innovative technology solutions to enhance the patient experience and provider communication. The challenge is open to the general public as well as NewYork-Presbyterian employees.
Interested participants may form teams of up to eight members to develop a working prototype that falls into one of these categories:

  • Patient Engagement, such as tools for Patient Experience Personalization, Patient Education, and Patient Entertainment.
  • Care Provider Communication, such as tools for Collaboration Dashboards, Patient Document Grouping, and Patient Care Tracking

NewYork-Presbyterian will also host two in-person networking events to provide additional details regarding the hospital's current systems and technology. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas on a demonstration day. The judges will award up to $25,000 in prizes.

Recent Challenge Winners:

InnovateNYP: Pediatric App (Appathon)

First place ($5,000 prize): Team name: Kinder; Application name: “PIP”

  • An educational app for parents to walk them through the stages of the care process while their child is hospitalized.
  • Digitizes the 40-page patient and visitor guide book used across NewYork-Presbyterian campuses.
  • Integrates customized information directly from each patient's medical record.
  • Features include instructions for before, during and after surgery; when and what their child can eat; what time medications will be administered; and where parents can sleep overnight.

Second place ($3,000 prize): Team name: My NYP Care Team; Application name: “Day by Day”

  • Empowers families with information by giving them a snapshot of each day their child is in the hospital.
  • Parents are put at ease knowing who is on their child’s care team at all times.
  • Tabs in the app allow parents to keep a record of their child’s treatments and tests, their conversations with physicians, and their personal notes.

Third place ($2,000 prize): Team name: Merge Conflict; Application name: “Discharge app"

  • Utilizes a barcode to make discharge papers mobile.
  • Parents can access details about their child’s diagnosis, appointment reminders, medication instructions (including actual photos of the medications), and a built-in contact feature to connect with the hospital care team after they get home.

InnovateNYP: Pediatric App (Challenge)

First place ($25,000 prize): FHIRStarters

  • Promotes medication adherence for pediatric patients, an essential determinant of clinical success.
  • Parents can see all of their child’s prescriptions and when their child is supposed to take them.
  • Parents receive reminders to administer the medications on time.
  • Providers can view whether the patient has “taken,” “snoozed,” or “skipped” a medication.

Second place ($10,000 prize): Teen Screen

  • Doubles as a mental health screening application for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 and a collaboration device for patients and healthcare providers.
  • Assesses a user's suicide risk through a clinically tested patient questionnaire.
  • Provides resources for the teenager to seek help, such as connecting with a doctor and suicide hotlines.
  • Providers can utilize the data to collaborate on patient care and evaluate which of their patients are at high risk.

Third place ($5,000 prize): NYP Care Companion

  • A chronic care management, engagement, and education application.
  • Designed for both pediatric patients and their parents.
  • Pediatric patients learn about their condition and monitor their progress by earning virtual prizes.
  • Parents find comprehensive information about their child's condition through written materials and videos.

InnovateNYP: Open Challenge

1st Place: MedChat
2nd Place: Mocabell
3rd Place: Curbsided