Henry Ford Health System and Ford Launch Innovation Challenge to Develop In-Vehicle Healthcare Tech | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Henry Ford Health System and Ford Launch Innovation Challenge to Develop In-Vehicle Healthcare Tech

December 28, 2015
by Heather Landi
| Reprints

Henry Ford Health System is teaming up with Ford Motor Co. to sponsor a tech design challenge for employees to develop concepts, such as smartphone apps, wearable devices or in-vehicle systems, that can extend healthcare to the confines of the car.

The companies, both based in Detroit, said in a joint statement that the ideal designs for the Connected Health App Challenge will increase touch points between patients and care providers and in the process expand the boundaries of patient monitoring. Examples of design concepts include in-vehicle health monitoring and warnings, medical test ordering and records access from the road, appointment check-ins, prescription pick-ups and data collection that can be transmitted to a doctor’s office or hospital.

“There’s no limit to the ideas that we’re looking for. Big ideas, small ideas. We’re looking for ways to use technology to do things as simple as increasing convenience for the health consumer and improving the driver experience, to as significant as saving lives,” Ward Detwiler, associate director, Henry Ford Health System Innovations, said in a statement. “There is a clear need to extend patient care beyond the doctor’s office or hospital visit, both to improve patient wellness and lower overall healthcare costs.”

Both companies stated the Connected Health App Challenge is rooted in the need to serve an increasing number of people living with chronic conditions as many are expected to spend more hours behind the wheel.

“We believe this is the first challenge of its kind in the world," Detwiler said. "We are excited to see the kind of creativity that is generated when we combine the tremendous talent of these two organizations. Most importantly, we're excited about the potential to improve patient care and the business of health care overall.”

Submissions open Jan. 20 and ten finalists from online submissions will be chosen in March, followed by prototypes and pitches leading to the selection of three winners by May or June. The winning design will receive $5,000; first runner-up will receive $3,000 and second runner-up will receive $2,000.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



Analysis: Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline in First Half of 2018

In the first half of 2018, ransomware events in major healthcare data breaches diminished substantially compared to the same time period last year, as cyber attackers move on to more profitable activities, such as cryptojacking, according to a new report form cybersecurity firm Cryptonite.

Dignity Health, UCSF Health Partner to Improve the Digital Patient Experience

Dignity Health and UCSF Health are collaborating to develop a digital engagement platform that officials believe will provide information and access to patients when and where they need it as they navigate primary and preventive care, as well as more acute or specialty care.

Report: Digital Health VC Funding Surges to Record $4.9 Billion in 2018

Global venture capital funding for digital health companies in the first half of 2018 was 22 percent higher year-over-year (YoY) with a record $4.9 billion raised in 383 deals compared to the $4 billion in 359 deals in the same time period last year, according to Mercom Capital Group’s latest report.

ONC Roundup: Senior Leadership Changes Spark Questions

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has continued to experience changes within its upper leadership, leading some folks to again ponder what the health IT agency’s role will be moving forward.

Media Report: Walmart Hires Former Humana Executive to Run Health Unit

Reigniting speculation that Walmart and insurer Humana are exploring ways to forge a closer partnership, Walmart Inc. has hired a Humana veteran to run its health care business, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Value-Based Care Shift Has Halted, Study Finds

A new study of 451 physicians and health plan executives suggests that progress toward value-based care has stalled. In fact, it may have even taken a step backward over the past year, the research revealed.