Healthy Mom & Baby Innovation Competition

Help Us Reduce the Rate of Infant Mortality

Parkview Health, in collaboration with MATTER, is proud to present the Healthy Mom and Baby Innovation Competition. In this global call, we are seeking product, software, and program solutions that have the promise and potential of reducing the incidence of infant mortality.

Specifically, the competition has two tracks or focus areas:

Help Us Reduce the Rate of Infant Mortality

How might we better support mom, prior to the birth of her child, by enhancing her maternal health and resilience, providing her seamless access to care, expert advice, education, and better aligning her with both the clinical resources and social support needed to ensure a healthy pregnancy?

How might we better support baby shortly after birth, by ensuring access to key nutritional supplements, safe sleep and stable support structures and environments?

Our Focus

While the past 30 years have witnessed great improvements in medical treatment options for maternal and infant care, infant mortality continues to be a challenge both in developed and developing regions of the world.

The infant mortality rate (IMR) in the U.S. is approximately 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live infant births. However, Allen County in Northeast Indiana, where Parkview is based, had an IMR of 7.3 in 2017 — much higher than the state and nation’s averages.* These alarming numbers are calling Parkview and the state of Indiana to action.

When addressing maternal health’s relation to infant mortality Parkview is seeking solutions focused on but not limited to:

  • Chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes
  • Accessibility to providers and medication
  • Community support
  • Education
  • Mental and physical health
  • Birth spacing

When addressing infant health, Parkview is seeking solutions focused on but not limited to:

  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Safe sleep

Parkview is proud to also be partnering with the Indiana Chapter of HIMSS and the Management Performance Hub for this innovation competition. With our community coming together towards this common goal, the impact will be much greater than if done alone.

*References:

https://www.who.int/gho/child_health/mortality/neonatal_infant_text/en

https://www.parkview.com/community/dashboard/the-need-to-immediately-address-infant-mortality

https://www.footprintsfortwayne.com/footprints/footprints-home

Where

Global

When

Feb 4 - Apr 10, 2020

Prizes

  • Opportunity to explore pilot or partnership of your solution with Parkview
  • $10,000 cash award
  • One-year global membership with MATTER

Applications

Applications are accepted until April 10 at 11:59pm EST

Apply Here

What Types of Solutions Are We Seeking?

Parkview Health has partnered with MATTER to explore, source and pilot digital and device-enabled solutions or services that address one or a combination of the competition focus.

Who Should Apply?

This competition is open to existing startups, students, as well as anyone with an innovative idea for a product, solution or service that fits within the competition scope. All applications will be considered.

Milestones

Application Period
Application Period
Feb 4 – Apr 10, 2020

Apply with a detailed description of your proposed solution.

Selection Semi-Finalists
Selection Semi-Finalists
April 11 – April 17, 2020

5-7 teams will be selected.

Innovation Competition
Innovation Competition
June 1, 2020

The 5-7 semi-finalist teams will present their solutions to the Parkview selection committee. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Up to 5 teams will be selected as finalists to advance to the accelerator supported by MATTER and Parkview representatives for the chance to further co-develop their solution.

Accelerator
Accelerator
Jun 1 – Aug 31, 2020

Up to 5 finalist teams will develop and refine their concepts in a 3-month virtual accelerator where they will build and test their solution with Management Performance Hub mentors, MATTER and Parkview staff and stakeholders from across the healthcare community.

Final Pitch Day
Final Pitch Day
Sept 17, 2020

Finalist teams will present to a community of healthcare professionals, Parkview leaders, and outside investors to pitch their ideas for potential pilot opportunities and funding. All teams participating in the final pitch day will receive a one-year global membership to MATTER.

Contributing Partners

Parkview Mirro Center
Matter
Management Performance HUB
Himss Indiana Chapter