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CREATING A FORUM FOR NEW IDEAS
Another new addition to AHIMA19 that underscores the conference’s focus on
innovation and change is the AHIMA Pitch Competition, hosted in collaboration
with MATTER, a health technology incubator based in Chicago. Conference
attendees are invited to pitch an idea for a new product, service, or business that
harnesses health data and information to advance healthcare. According to the
challenge statement, the competition is seeking “innovative solutions that improve
the connections between people, systems, and ideas to transform health and
healthcare.” Possible pitches might address interoperability, patient matching, or
social determinants of health, although all ideas are welcome from HIM students
and professionals as well as those outside of HIM.
Here’s how it works: Those interested in pitching an idea should complete the
online application by Friday, August 9. Five entrants (selected by public voting
and ranked based on judging criteria by AHIMA and MATTER) will be invited to
pitch their creative idea in front of an expert panel of judges and a live audience of
conference attendees on Monday, September 16, giving them invaluable exposure
and feedback they can use to refine their concept. Winners will also earn cash
prizes to fund their ideas: First place wins $5,000, second place receives $2,500,
and third place gets $1,500.
Joe Rizk, MATTER’s vice president of strategic partnerships, says the decision
to collaborate on AHIMA’s inaugural pitch competition was easy because both
organizations share the same drive to innovate to improve health outcomes.
“We wanted to stimulate thinking within AHIMA’s audience as well as nurture
startups and give them a stage to present their solutions,” Rizk says. “The startups
benefit from getting feedback from individuals working in the field, but we also
get to show people what is happening outside the walls of corporate America.”
Specifically, audience members at the pitch competition will gain insights on what
is happening in the quick-moving and “scrappy” world of startups, Rizk says.
“Sometimes, exposing a broader audience to that helps stimulate internal ideas
on how they can think differently about solutions for imperatives in their own
organizations,” he says.