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The Challenge

How might we re-imagine chronic disease management enabled by technology?




What You Get


A select team of User-Centered Design experts —your own Innovation Sherpas—partner with you to guide you on an innovation expedition that transforms your idea into viable concepts and early-stage prototypes. Along the journey, you will gain new skills, and together we will create something that is meaningful for those who will use it.

What we look For



What gets us most excited are ideas that meet the following criteria:  

Impact:  Ideas that either impact a large number of individuals or a small number of individuals in a significant way.

Relevance to Partners’ mission: Ideas that provide additional access to care, reduce costs, improve quality and/or serve the community get our attention.

Originality of the idea: We value unique ideas that challenge the status-quo.

Clarity of concept: Make sure to clearly describe the concept of your idea.

Key Dates


•  Applications Open: June 5th 2017

•  Applications Close: August 11th 2017

•  Four semi-finalists announced: August 30th, 2017

•  Design Workshop for the semi-finalists: September 15th – September 16th 2017

•  Live Pitch-Off and Final winner selected: October 3rd 2017

•  Design the winning idea: October 4th – October 24th 2017

•  PCHA Connected Health Conference: October 25th – October 27th 2017


“In order to achieve our strategic goals and outcomes, harness all of the intelligence and power we have amongst our employees, and do this in a way that is fast and effective, we have to be disruptive. A program like CHIC (Connected Health Innovation Challenge) is designed to be exactly that."

— Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH; Senior Director, Connected Health Innovation


Meet the judges


Gregg Meyer, MD, MSc

Chief Clinical Officer, Partners HealthCare

Responsible for overall direction, operations, and management of system aspects of healthcare delivery throughout the Partners Healthcare delivery system.


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Sreekanth Chaguturu, MD

Senior Vice President of Population Health Management, Partners HealthCare

Provides clinical oversight of population health management clinical programs and leads the assessment and development of information technology and analytical solutions necessary to support population health programs.


Trung Do

Executive Director of Business Development, Partners HealthCare

Responsible for developing and managing strategic alliances with industry, new business development, and facilitating the marketing of intellectual property from Partners hospitals.


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Robin I. Glasco

Chief Innovation Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Responsible for bringing new ideas into BCBS that allow more people of Massachusetts to have access to high quality, affordable health care.



Who We Are


We are a dynamic group of user-centered design experts, software developers, clinical researchers and data analysts on a mission to revolutionize health and wellness. We combine our breadth of expertise with unprecedented, real-world access to clinical experts, to deliver breakthrough research-grounded, person-centric innovations that help people live healthier lives.




Have an idea to change healthcare? We want to hear from you!

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