Ochsner & GE Healthcare Announce Winner of National Health Innovation Challenge at NOEW

Ochsner & GE Healthcare Announce Winner of National Health Innovation Challenge at NOEW

New Orleans, LA, – Today, Ochsner Health System and GE Healthcare announced the winner of the “Wear Your Health” Innovation Challenge at the Healthcare Innovation Summit at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). The “Wear Your Health Challenge was a national challenge focused on wearable technologies which allow for more a personalized patient experience and care and have the potential to deliver new value across the healthcare industry.

The Wear Your Health Challenge was announced in March 2015 during NOEW and launched in July. Of the 21 applications submitted from across the nation, eight finalists were selected last fall and invited to participate in Phase 2 of the Challenge. Of those 8 finalists, Aaron Wolfson, Ph. D., a psychologist with Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group in Metairie, LA, was selected as the winner for his concept, ReHabbit.

ReHabbit is a proprietary system using activity trackers to capture data specific to activity levels, sleep, pain and medication usage for patients who suffer from chronic pain or chronic health problems. Through ReHabbit, physicians will be able to track and monitor a patient’s pain medication usage through a Bluetooth-enabled smart pill dispenser which will allow for appropriate intervention and other behavior recommendations if needed.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate with Ochsner and GE to create new ways to improve patient safety and outcomes through ReHabbit,” said Dr. Wolfson. “Leveraging available technologies to provide actionable data to promote wellness behaviors is extremely rewarding. The healthcare industry is an incredibly rich area for innovation research and entrepreneurship. I’m excited to be a part of it, and I’m grateful to Ochsner and GE for this opportunity.”

Dr. Wolfson initially received $1,000 USD as one of eight initial cash prize winners during Phase 1. As the winner, he is now eligible for additional funding of up to $15,000 USD to collaborate with GE Healthcare and Ochsner toward further development and commercialization of his ReHabbit technology.

Earlier today, Dr. Wolfson participated in the Ochsner/GE Healthcare Innovation Summit, which featured Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System; Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Healthcare and Richard Milani, MD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Ochsner Health System

“As a national and global healthcare destination, Ochsner is shaping the future to meet the needs of a new world in healthcare. Through innovationOchsner, we challenge ourselves to re-imagine healthcare to create new value for our patients through more innovative solutions,” said Aimee Quirk, CEO, innovationOchsner, or iO. “We are committed to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship to drive positive change in the healthcare industry and are proud to partner with GE and The Idea Village in NOEW.”

The challenge is part of a three-year commitment by Ochsner and GE Healthcare as co-sponsors of an annual Healthcare Innovation Summit at NOEW. This commitment builds on Ochsner and GE’s long-standing collaboration to ignite brilliant moments in the future of healthcare.

“We’re proud to partner with Ochsner to ignite innovation in disruptive fields such as wearables, which has the ability to help manage chronic disease and empower patients,” said Tony Holland, General Manager, US Region, GE Healthcare. “Today’s deserving winner reflects this opportunity and exemplifies the power of entrepreneurship, connectivity and technology both in the Gulf Region and across the country.”

In its second year, the new challenge–“Healthy @Home”–will identify technologies and mobile solutions targeted to the aging population (65+ years) with a goal of improving healthcare outcomes by monitoring activities in the home. This challenge seeks solutions that will optimize some of the healthcare industry’s greatest opportunities by utilizing patient-centered technologies and concepts to address highly personalized patient experiences and treatment plans to help improve healthcare outcomes.

The challenge will be officially launched in July 2016. For more information, please visit, www.innovationochsner.com.

About Ochsner and innovationOchsner

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 28 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across six specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 1,000 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. innovationOchsner (iO) is an innovation lab and accelerator launched by Ochsner Health System to develop new innovations designed to solve healthcare’s most pressing problems by focusing on the needs of patients and using the latest technology and data. iO is developing entirely new ways for healthcare providers to dramatically improve the quality of care by managing patient conditions more effectively and efficiently and for patients to be empowered to take an active role in monitoring, maintaining and enhancing their own health. For more information, please visit innovationochsner.com.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. For more information visit our website www.gehealthcare.com.

About NOEW and The Idea Village

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is the annual business festival celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and advanced thinking in New Orleans. The Idea Village is a New Orleans-based a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans and produces NOEW each year. www.ideavillage.org

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