NewYork-Presbyterian Announces Winners of the InnovateNYP Pediatric App Challenge Demo Day

Jun 10, 2016

New York

NewYork-Presbyterian announced the winners of the InnovateNYP Pediatric App Challenge during Demo Day on June 9, an event marking the completion of a 10-week long competition in which designers, developers, clinicians and startups worked to create tech advancements in pediatric healthcare.

Sixteen teams spent 10 weeks designing and developing a working application that uses technology to improve pediatric healthcare. The finalists presented their concepts to a judging panel of healthcare and technology experts to determine the top apps based on innovation, feasibility, simplicity and their ability to help advance pediatric healthcare.

The judging panel consisted of NewYork-Presbyterian leaders and national and regional tech influencers, including: Daniel Barchi, chief information officer at NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Lawrence Stanberry, pediatrician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare, Aneesh Chopra, president of NavHealth and former chief technology officer for the Obama Administration, Rachel Haot, managing director at 1776, Jessica Leber, staff editor and writer at Fast Company and Minerva Tantoco, chief technology officer for the City of New York.

“Demo Day was a great success,” said Daniel Barchi, chief information officer at NewYork-Presbyterian. “The number of innovations around mobile technology that resulted from the Pediatric App Challenge is very impressive. The presenting teams’ combined creativity, collaboration and forward-thinking solutions prove to be very promising as we use digital technology to garner solutions in the healthcare landscape.”

Contestants competed for $40,000 total in prize money, with first place receiving $25,000, second place $10,000 and third place $5,000.


First place ($25,000 prize):

Application name: fhirStarters

The fhirStarters application helps parents manage their families’ medication administration without having to manually enter in prescription information. The app helps promote medication adherence for pediatric patients, an essential determinant of clinical success. Created by Riley McKenna and Anees Merzi.

Second place ($10,000 prize):

Application name: Teen Screen

Teen Screen doubles as a mental health screening application for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 and a tracking device for patients as well as healthcare providers. Teen Screen assesses a user's suicide risk and provides tools to seek help. The app includes a clinically-tested patient questionnaire which tracks screening results and connects the teen with a doctor. The app also has a clinician facing component that allows different medical professionals to collaborate on patient care, providing a truly personalized experience. Created by Vikas Mandadi.

Third place ($5,000 prize):

Application name: NYP Care Companion

A complete patient engagement app, NYP Care Companion helps young patients recover faster by guiding them and their family members throughout treatment, providing comprehensive information about the child’s condition and monitoring their progress. The application consists of two interconnected applications, designed to be used by both the child and parent(s). Created by Ekaterina Chernetsova, Roman Makhnenko, Andrew Gluschenko, Dan Piekarz, Alexander Demura, Margarita Olshanskaya, Egor Kobelev, and Allan Wellenstein.

“We continuously strive for exceptional patient experience and quality of care for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Peter Fleischut, chief innovation officer at NewYork-Presbyterian. “By challenging such inventive minds, we are primed for success in developing tools that can drastically improve how patients and providers use technology.”

NewYork-Presbyterian aims to collaborate with the final teams to refine their applications for potential implementation as part of the hospital’s continued effort to find new solutions to better the overall patient experience.

To learn more about the InnovateNYP Pediatric App Challenge visit  


Group of people posing in from the NewYork-Presbyterian banner

NewYork-Presbyterian InnovateNYP Pediatric App Challenge winner Riley McKenna poses with the judging panel.

Left to right: Peter Fleischut, MD, chief innovation officer, NewYork-Presbyterian, Aneesh Chopra, judge and president of NavHealth and former chief technology officer for the Obama Administration, Jessica Leber, judge and staff editor and writer at Fast Company, Adrienne Schmoeker, judge and Senior Project Manager, Mayor's Office of Technology & Innovation, winner Riley McKenna, Dr. Lawrence Stanberry, judge and pediatrician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Daniel Barchi, judge and chief information officer, NewYork-Presbyterian.


NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive healthcare delivery networks, focused on providing innovative and compassionate care to patients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical school partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research and clinical innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital’s ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell and Columbia.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 29,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care to more than 2 million patients.

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