This challenge has two phases, both of which have awards and opportunities available:

Phase 1 - Up to four (4) Phase 1 respondents will receive a cash prize of $2,500 USD (“Cash Prize”). These winning respondents also will be eligible to participate in Phase 2 of the Challenge. 

Phase 1 Winners Announced!


Phase 2 - Up to one (1) of the Phase 2 participants will be eligible to receive additional funding for a six month period (from a discretionary pool of $15,000 USD) (“Grant Award”) to continue further development and/or commercialization of the winning Entrant’s technology.  The Grant Award also may include other co-development opportunities such as access to clinical laboratories and/or teaching hospitals as well as product/service feedback. Receipt of additional funding will be conditioned upon the Phase 2 winner successfully entering into a mutually agreeable business relationship with Grant Sponsors, the details of which are set forth in the Official Rules. 




By submitting an Entry, Respondents agree to all the terms and conditions set forth in the Competition Official Rules. For Phase 1 entries that advanced to Phase 2, those entries are due on January 13, 2017. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.


Improving Care by Monitoring Daily Activity at Home

The fastest growing segment of the American population is those age 65 years older.  According to the Census Bureau, there were 40.3 million people age 65 years and older in 2010 and that number is projected to grow to 53 million in 2020 and 89 million by 2050[1].  While increased longevity is a testament to modern medicine—a presentation of chronic disease frequently comes hand in hand with this extended life expectancy.

One of the unique aspects of designing a personalized delivery care system to this expanding segment of 65 year old+ is the fact many live alone.  As of 2014, 26% of those 65+ lived alone and 61% of them would prefer to stay at home with someone there to care for them if they were no longer able to do so themselves[2].

If older adults are now living alone—how can their families and care teams better support their independence?  How can a daughter making sure her mother is okay on her own?  How can she alleviate her worries by knowing what her mother is doing—even if they’re not physically together?  How can technology enable a proactive, yet non-invasive approach to provide families peace of mind?  How can technology act as a barometer to aid preventive care?

Smart and connected homes are a rising trend—and more and more affordable.  Thanks to smart and connected technology, we can now monitor temperature, lights, water usage, etc.  This creates an opportunity to layer technology on top of an emerging need: caring for isolated, often older, individuals.

What daily household activities can be measured and analyzed to provide accurate implications for families and care teams to ease peace of mind and improve early detection and quality of life?  Coffee consumption? Bathroom trips? Eating habits? TV watching?  How can we take that data collection and analysis one step further—to be indicative of health? 

[1] Richard V. Milani, Carl J. Lavie. Healthcare 2020: Reengineering Healthcare Delivery to Combat Chronic Disease. The American Journal of Medicine, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.10.047.

2 Stepler, Renee.  Smaller Share of Women Ages 65 and Older Are Living Alone.  Pew Research Center.  18 Feb 2016.


Propose a patient-centered technology that senses and monitors activities in the home—for which the analysis of those activities can be used to improve patient healthcare.  Your submission (“Entry”) should serve as an introduction and high-level overview for your technology.  Appropriate responses will address the following:

1. Description of proposed technology, including:

  • A clear value proposition that explains what problem the technology solves and for whom,
  • Types of data and/or activity being collected and measured,
  • Technology’s prospective ability to improve personalized care through home activity monitoring, and,
  • If available, scientific background supporting proposed technology and any preliminary evidence.

2. Technical maturity of proposed technology, including:

  • A description of commercialization progress to date (current technical maturity),
  • Expected challenges to commercialize.

3. Entrant’s Background and Expertise.

Appropriate Phase 2 responses will provide additional detail about the proposed technology, for which full requirements can be referenced in the Official Rules.


Your Entry must relate to discrete and non-invasive technologies that can be implemented in a home setting to sense and collect patient data, and must also have application to the patient’s healthcare management.  While the patient should be the end-beneficiary of the predictive or reactive care, the patient’s data and related analysis should first and foremost be able to provide information to health care teams and family members.

Proposed technologies need not connect through apps and/or wearable devices.  Moreover, the person whose activity is being monitored should not be interacting with the proposed technology or device (think a “Smart Carpet” that tracks daily steps around a house as opposed to a step tracker app on a mobile phone). The focus of the proposed technologies should be early detection, prevention and peace of mind—not enhanced life styles (i.e. better food, cable TV)—and it should have an estimated time to market of two years or less.


Respondents confirm that their Phase 2 Entry does not contain any confidential information, and that no confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy is to be established between the Respondent and Ochsner Health System or GE.