Ochsner Health System and GE Healthcare Announce Winner of Healthy @ Home Innovation Challenge

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System and GE Healthcare today announced the winner of the 2017 Healthy @ Home Innovation Challenge during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). The challenge sought to identify patient-centered technologies that can improve patient healthcare by discretely sensing, monitoring and analyzing activity in the home.

The Healthy @ Home Challenge launched in July, 2016. Of the 23 applications submitted from across the nation, four finalists were selected last fall and invited to participate in Phase 2 of the Challenge.

Dr. John Veerman of Ontario, Canada was selected as the winner for his Healthy @ Home concept.

Dr. Veerman’s proposed system is intended to help clinicians and family members of elderly patients easily track their daily activities by utilizing a home’s existing wiring and plumbing networks and recording the usage of basic appliances and fixtures. The data, which would be stored in the cloud, could be used to monitor any irregularities in basic daily activities, including bathing, washing dishes and opening the dishwasher.

"I have experienced how difficult it is to determine whether an elderly family member can continue to live independently,” Dr. Veerman said. “This motivated me to devise a monitoring system that places absolutely no demands on the person being monitored and one which can easily be installed in virtually any home or living space."

Dr. Veerman previously received $2,500 USD as one of four 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 technology.

“As a national and global healthcare destination, Ochsner is leading the way in transforming care to be smarter, more accessible and more convenient, in order to help make our patients and our community healthy and strong,” said Aimee Quirk, CEO, innovationOchsner. “Our partnership with GE to crowdsource new thinking and ideas from around the world is just one more way Ochsner is delivering on its mission to bring the most innovative ideas to our patients. We applaud Dr. Veerman for bringing forward a solution that combines existing data sources and modern technology to create value and improve health.

“We are excited to be back here for a second year, partnering with Ochsner to spur innovation,” said Aaron Hudy, Chief Marketing Officer, US Region, GE Healthcare. “Dr. Veerman proves that patient-first technology wins. We are proud of his entrepreneurialism and dedication to making lives easier for patients and their families.”

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

Visit innovationochsner.com for more information.

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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 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 85 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three 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 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. 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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