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Don't miss the opportunity: Win up to $250,000 for care coordination innovation!

Dr. Dawn Beraud
Dawn BERAUD,
Health Science Policy Analyst,
Office of the Director (OD)
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Picture of Dr. Dana Plude
Dana PLUDE,
Deputy Director, DBSR,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
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Attention, innovators! There’s still time to enter your ideas for a technology app to improve dementia care coordination and/or navigation for cash prizes of up to $250,000!

In fall 2018, NIA launched the Improving Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Using Technology (iCare-AD/ADRD) Challenge. Through this challenge—made possible through the 21st Century Cures Act—NIA seeks to spur and reward the development of applications to improve coordination and/or navigation of care. Applicants can compete for up to $250,000 in cash prizes for their innovations. With the June 30, 2019, deadline approaching, here are some inside tips:

About the challenge

Navigating the U.S. health care system can be especially difficult for the millions of people with dementia and their caregivers, including family members, health professionals or other service providers. The iCare-AD/ADRD Challenge is designed to address some of those difficulties by encouraging the development of computer or mobile apps that can make care coordination or navigation easier and more effective.

NIA designed this prize opportunity to engage a wide range of applicants, from small businesses to large technology companies to students working across multiple disciplines. Learn more by reading the rules of the challenge.

Answers to challenge FAQs

NIA conducted a webinar to introduce the challenge, review participation requirements, and answer frequently asked questions. In addition, we’ve also addressed a few key questions below for “Inside NIA” blog readers who are interested in competing: 

Q: May I submit an app that I have previously developed?

A: Yes. We welcome existing technology modified to address the intent of this challenge.

Q: May my solution include hardware as well as software?

A: Yes. We welcome solutions with integrated hardware and software that can be used in tandem to increase care coordination and/or navigation. Please note that your prototype hardware must be supplied with the application package.

Q: May I still apply if my app helps people with dementia but is not focused on care coordination/navigation?

A: No. While we recognize the importance of many technologies that can aid individuals with dementia and their caregivers, only those that focus specifically on care coordination and/or navigation are eligible for this prize competition.

Suggestions for possible solutions

If you are interested in this challenge but need some ideas to get going, take a look at a few outlined below. These are only examples. Your creativity and innovation are key!

  • Effective communication among clinicians, patients, and families: Develop software for a mobile app to assist people with dementia and caregivers during primary care and specialty physician visits.
     
  • Access to care and relevant community resources or enhancing access to existing services: Design technology to help people living with dementia and their families with aging in place, access to appropriate transportation options using smart devices, and coordination of health care visits.
     
  • Improve care coordination: Collaboration among a technology company, electronic health record (EHR) vendor, and nursing home chain could produce EHR-based methods to improve care coordination.

Act now for a chance at the prize!

June 30 is coming up fast. Submit your best ideas and help NIA solve this critical challenge. We can’t do it without you!

Full competition details are available at: https://www.nia.nih.gov/challenge-prize. Please email us or comment below if you have questions.