Archive for: October 2013

Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Crowdsourcing Lifestyle Health Experiments

Oct 11, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Christopher Robertson, visiting professor at Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center Christopher Robertson, visiting professor at Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center

Christopher Robertson, a visiting professor at Harvard Law's Petrie-Flom Center (@PetrieFlom), wants to create a platform that engages social networks to enroll millions of people in large-scale randomized experiments. Robertson was one of eight finalists we invited to pitch us their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Read Robertson's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

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Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Implementing Risk-Based Cancer Screening Using an Adaptive Learning Engine

Oct 10, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Laura Esserman, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center Laura Esserman, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, and a team of collaborators want to transform the way we screen people for cancer. The team is one of eight finalists we invited to pitch us their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Dr. Esserman's team was one of three presenters invited to submit a full proposal for potential funding.  Read the team's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

Dr. Esserman is the director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center and a professor of surgery and radiology at University of California, San Francisco. You can follow her on Twitter at @DrLauraEsserman. Her collaborators are NCQA's Margaret (Peggy) O'Kane and Clarence So of Salesforce.

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Shutdown

Oct 9, 2013, 12:05 PM, Posted by Mike Painter

Mike Painter

There are still places left where the prehistoric wisdom of our planet stands sentinel. I just returned from such a spot, a high elevation Sierra Nevada fortress of wildness and ancient Earth. Ironically, our own federal government has designated the region a wilderness. It's almost comical to me that right as we hiked into this area, bickering, partisan factions back east shut down the very government that presumes to preside here. In fact, until those folks sort out their problems, you can visit these wilderness areas without a federal permit. Heads up, however, if something happens to you during your permit-less visit; you are on your own. I like the sound of that, actually.

These places are vast and impervious to current events. Trust me; they do not care about human welfare, cultures, health, poverty, wealth, communities, cities, or governments. They just silently stand testament throughout the millennia to the true nature of our home.

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Meet the Pitch Day Judges

Oct 9, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Pitch Day Social Image

With the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day (#pioneerpitch) around the corner, we wanted to take a minute to put the spotlight on our incredible line-up of guest judges, who will be joining RWJF staff to evaluate finalists’ presentations. We asked them to tell us why they decided to participate in Pitch Day – and we asked them to keep their answers to approximately the length of a tweet (140 characters). Here are some of their responses:

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Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Creating a Social Epidemic of Safety

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

MedStar Health

Safety is contagious, says the team at MedStar Health. Their vision calls for leveraging existing social networks within health care to create a social epidemic of safety. They were one of eight finalists invited to pitch us their ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. MedStar Health was one of the three presenters invited to submit a full proposal for potential funding. Read the team's 1,000-character proposal below, and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

The MedStar Health team that will be presenting at Pitch Day includes Sarah Henrickson Parker, PhD, Allan Fong, MS, and Raj Ratwani, PhD. You can follow MedStar Health on Twitter at  @Mi2innovation.

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