2021 Big Ideas Pitch Event

Join the Healthcare Innovation Lab and the Institute for Informatics for 11 pitches from project teams requesting up to $50,000 in funds at BJC HealthCare (BJC) and Washington University School of Medicine’s (WUSM) Big Ideas Competition.

This virtual Zoom event will take place on Tuesday, April 27 2021 from 2-4pm. Register to attend at https://wustl-hipaa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cM3if8YlQMGS8T9TXq9vRg 

Hear each team give their 3-minute pitch on why their Big Idea is worth funding and watch the judges from BJC and WUSM leadership ask the tough questions and evaluate their ideas. The competition, bridging the two institutions, is intended to identify and support high-priority, novel projects from collaborative clinical, operational and research teams developing innovations informatics and health care delivery.

Titles of the top 11 finalist proposals:

  • Determine if step counts recorded in fitness trackers worn by adolescent and young adults undergoing cancer treatment correlate to Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) questionnaire responses 
  • Leverage digital device to determine the efficacy of an incentive spirometer to improve pulmonary function in the preoperative and postoperative surgical setting
  • Development and implementation of a statistical model to identify malfunctioning clinical decision support 
  • Implementation of mobile health technology in the form of wearable sensors for pre-transplant patients assessed as meeting the condition of frailty 
  • Collaboration to develop technology that allows low-risk patients to start heart rhythm medications safely at home
  • Expansion of MY HEART clinic services to a virtual platform with integration of nurse-based nutrition counseling 
  • Prediction of persistent and profound intraoperative hypoxemia in pediatric patients to mitigate life threatening events and improve patient safety 
  • Using mobile health technology to capture physical, functional and psychosocial features that predict recovery after lumbar fusion 
  • Hypoglycemia predictor tool
  • Completion of the user-centered design of ENVISION (Engagement and Visualization to Improve Symptoms In Oncology care), resulting in a fully functional version of the digital tool that would address the pressing need for improved symptom management in hospice care 
  • Validation of the first single use, disposable device (i.e., Mercury Patch) capable of performing continuous pressure monitoring and preventing pressure injury development and progression