Parkview Health in Fort Wayne and MATTER, a healthcare incubator and innovation hub, has announced its second annual competition to find solutions for maternal and infant mortality. The 2021 Healthy Mom and Baby Competition 2.0 invites innovators to submit ideas that address the well-being of women during pregnancy and postpartum.
The hospital says the competition is open to startups, as well as anyone with an innovative idea for a product, solution or service. Prizes include the opportunity to pilot the winning solution with Parkview Health, a $10,000 cash award and a one-year membership at MATTER.
“Innovation is often seen as a long-term goal, but at Parkview Health we know that there are gains we can make toward improving maternal and infant health more immediately when we work alongside other innovators,” said Jolynn Suko, chief innovation officer at Parkview Health. “We are proud to host this competition with MATTER and HIMSS and look forward to seeing new ideas to address this challenge.”
The competition asks how to better support at-risk pregnant and new mothers throughout their healthcare journey and in their daily lives. The competition is looking for solutions regarding mental health, community support, birth spacing, substance abuse assistance and chronic diseases such as hypertension.
“We are proud to again be working with Parkview Health on identifying and advancing promising innovations for maternal and infant health. This year’s focus on solutions to address challenges faced by underrepresented mothers is an urgent need in our healthcare system,” said Steven Collens, CEO of MATTER. “As the 2020 competition proved, innovators can and will help meet this need. Collaboration between startups and healthcare systems is the best way to advance goals toward improving care.”
You can learn more and apply by clicking here. The hospital says applications are due by July 28.