2021-2022 Big Ideas Winners Announced!

From among 29 applications and 11 finalists, six winners have been selected for the 2021-2022 Big Ideas Competition award! Congratulations to all the winners including three I2 faculty, Thomas Kannampallil, PhDAlbert M. Lai, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA, and Patrick G. Lyons, MD, MSc.

Sponsored by the Healthcare Innovation Lab (the Lab) and Washington University Institute for Informatics (I2),the Big Ideas Competition was created to identify and support high-priority, novel projects from collaborative clinical, operational and research teams that are developing innovations in informatics and health care delivery. The competition was judged by leadership of BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine. Drs. Thomas Maddox, Executive Director of the Lab, and Philip Payne, Director of I2, would like to thank Drs. Simon Haroutounian, Patrick Lyons and Michele Thomas for their assistance in reviewing the finalists’ applications.

Each of the six winning teams listed below will be awarded a grant of $50,000 in research funds.

Names in bold are team leads.

Avoiding Pulmonary Complications After Major Abdominal Surgery Using Novel Digital Incentive Spirometry TechnologyChet W. Hammill
Chenyang Lu

Peggy Reed-Watts
Novel Digital Health Technology to Expand Access to Cardiac MedicationsAlbert Lai
Rachita Navara
Michael Rich
Kunj Patel
Prediction of Persistent and Profound Intraoperative Hypoxemia in Pediatric Patients to Mitigate Life Threatening Events and Improve Patient SafetyMichael C. Montana
Thomas Kannampallil
Chenyang Lu
Using Mobile Health Technology to Capture Physical, Functional and Psychosocial Features that Predict Recovery after Lumbar FusionWilson Z. Ray
Jacob Greenberg
Bruce Hall
Thomas Rodebaugh
Madelyn Frumkin
Chenyang Lu
Michael Kelly
Jay Piccirillo
User-Centered Design of a Digital Health Solution to Improve Symptom Management in Advanced Cancer Care​Karla T. Washington
Patrick G. Lyons
Patrick White
Amy Jacobs
Clinical Translation of a Device and System for Preventing the Development of Pressure UlcersAmanda Westman
Justin M. Sacks
Matthew MacEwan
Lynn Schallom
Zahid Iqbal

If you would like to learn more about the Big Ideas Competition or watch the Pitch Event that was held on April 27 where the 11 finalist teams presented their Big Ideas to a panel of six judges and a virtual audience of over 120, please visit https://sites.wustl.edu/bigideas/.