Archive for: October 2013

Trying Something New: Pioneer Pitch Day

Oct 22, 2013, 10:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Pioneer Pitch Day judges Emcee Thomas Goetz and Pioneer Pitch Day judges Lori Melichar, John Lumpkin, Paul Tarini, Mike Painter, Nancy Barrand, Shankar Vedantam, Ben Sawyer, Fred Mann, Rodrigo Martinez, Esther Dyson, Ben Heywood, John Maeda and Steve Downs. Deborah Bae and Ben Schiller not pictured.

The Pioneer team is always on the lookout for new thinking about how to transform health and health care – not just from visionaries in these fields, but also from big thinkers in other disciplines.

Discovering big ideas from diverse sources was the idea behind Pioneer Pitch Day, an event we hosted last week at the offices of AppNexus, a tech startup in New York City. Eight finalists (culled from more than 500 applicants) had five minutes each to share their vision, then answered five minutes of questions from a panel of judges, as well as audience questions. The judges included designers, investors, entrepreneurs, journalists and others, in addition to foundation staff. Our entrepreneur-in-residence, Thomas Goetz, was the master of ceremonies.

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Power Shift: Open Access, High Quality Medical Education

Oct 21, 2013, 6:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Rishi Desai, Khan Academy program lead - medical partnerships Rishi Desai, Khan Academy program lead - medical partnerships

By Rishi Desai

We’re at a pretty remarkable time in health care education. Things are changing rapidly; good ideas are flying—free online content, shared question banks, mastery-based education, gamification. Some are pretty excited about the potential; many are frankly pretty anxious about these new changes and even more so about the potential for even bigger change. Some might feel lost. At the Khan Academy, count us in the excited camp.  

I came to Khan Academy a year ago to realize my own dream of getting the best health and medicine content out to students. I had big hopes, but astoundingly we are already moving well beyond what I imagined. This summer we identified through our nation-wide MCAT video contest in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges, 15 new smart, talented, leaders—people, like me, who are ready for this big change and committed to making it happen.

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Six Ideas for Reducing the Use of Low-Value Health Care

Oct 17, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Lori Melichar

Lori Melichar, senior program officer Lori Melichar, senior program officer

Two years ago, my colleagues and I knew very little about how to use behavioral economics to improve health care decisions. Today, we know more. We also know how much there is to learn and do in this field.

That’s why we’re excited to announce six new grantees who will continue to build on the work we’ve funded over the last two years to apply principles from behavioral economics to challenges in health care.

The new grantees are as follows:

  • Amber Barnato and Rebecca Sudore, University of Pittsburgh and University of California, San Francisco, Consumer-directed financial incentives to increase advance care planning among Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Jeremiah Schuur, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc., Decision Fatigue in the Emergency Department and the Use of Hospital Services
  • Jeffrey Kullgren, University of Michigan Medical School, Decreasing Overuse of Low-Value Health Care Services through Physician Precommitment
  • Mark Vogel and Scott Halpern, Genesys Health System and University of Pennsylvania, BEACON -  Behavioral Economics for Advanced Care OptioNs
  • Richard Frank and Abigail Friedman, Harvard Medical School, Behavioral Experiments in Improving Medicare Coverage Choice
  • Mark Schlesinger and Rachel Grob, Yale University and University of Wisconsin – Madison,  Precommitment, Provider Choice, and Forgoing Low-Value Health Care

If you’re curious about why we’re funding these particular projects at this specific moment in time, read on.

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Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Medical Innovation By the People and For the People

Oct 14, 2013, 9:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Alex Fair, co-founder and chief crowdologist of MedStartr, Inc. Alex Fair, co-founder and chief crowdologist of MedStartr, Inc.

Entrepreneur Alex Fair has a vision for letting citizens decide which health care innovations the government should fund. He was one of eight finalists invited to pitch their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Read Fair's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

Alex Fair is the co-founder and chief crowdologist of MedStartr, Inc. and an organizer of Health 2.0 NYC. You can follow him on Twitter at @alexbfair. Alex will co-present with Jeff Borenstein of MedStartr, Inc.

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Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Breaking Barriers in Medical Knowledge

Oct 14, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Fred Trotter, founder of Not Only Development and co-author of Hacking Healthcare Fred Trotter, founder of Not Only Development and co-author of Hacking Healthcare

What if you could remove the barriers involved in accessing and understanding medical knowledge? Entrepreneur, journalist and author Fred Trotter has a vision for doing just that. He's one of eight finalists we invited to pitch ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Trotter was one of three presenters invited to submit a full proposal for potential funding. Read Trotter's 1,000-character proposal below and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

Trotter is a founder of Not Only Development, a health care technology software and consulting firm, and co-author of Hacking Healthcare. You can follow him on Twitter at @fredtrotter.

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