AMA Starts Search for the Best New Ideas to Create a Healthier Nation

$50k to be awarded to top innovation proposals from physicians and medical students

CHICAGO - April 14, 2016 - The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced it is offering prizes totaling $50,000 to help physicians and medical students bring their cutting-edge health care ideas to reality with the launch of the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge.

“New ideas for better care emerge every day from physicians and medical students on the front lines of medicine,” said AMA President Steven J. Stack, M.D. “The AMA wants to support these health care innovators and help them succeed in moving their new ideas from the concept phase into day-to-day practice.”

The AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge invites all U.S. physicians, residents and medical students to be a positive force for health care and submit their best ideas by May 16 for shaping 21st century medicine. Prizes will be awarded for the best solutions that emerge from three categories:

  • Making technology work for learning: What innovation would help transform physician education?
  • Advancing digital health: What innovation would help patients live longer, healthier lives?
  • Evolving digital medicine: What innovation would help physicians improve their practice? 

Proposed solutions will appear in the AMA CrowdChallenge Showcase, powered by MedStartr, where physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, patients, hospital staff, health leaders and investors can review and provide feedback on the ideas. Five solutions that receive strong validation from site visitors will compete for the top prizes in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation event in Chicago on June 11.

“Through its ongoing work, the AMA is providing
opportunities for physicians to engage in innovation and share their ideas, expertise and real-world perspective on the effectiveness of technology in medical practice settings,” said Dr. Stack. “From solutions for revitalizing medical practices to news ideas for providing high-quality care through digital health, the AMA is striving to ensure physician-led innovation is a key driver in making the health system work better for everyone.”

To learn more about the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge, go to:

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