Innovation suggests that a new solution is not only unique, but better than then status quo. In last year’s Innovation Challenge, we saw brilliant opportunities to improve clinical practice patterns using new protocols and workflows. While new protocols are helpful, combining them with technology through digital transformation can make these protocols and ideas easier to implement, more successful in delivery, and allow better metrics for measurement. As such, this year’s Innovation Challenge includes the following Request for Proposals (RFP): 

One Award for up to $125,000 to a proposal which digitally transforms a current, or new practice, in order to make that practice more efficient. The goal of this RFP is to reduce the time and resources spent on cumbersome, but necessary tasks that contribute to patient care and quality. The digital application proposed should be new, and not purchased from an outside vendor. The digital application should directly benefit the University of Maryland Medical Center or Midtown Campus.  

Examples of this could be, but are certainly not limited to: 

a. Digital calculators for conditions which are currently manually calculated

b. Digital platforms that improve operations within a department

c. Tracking software for staff location and/or duties on inpatient units

d. Sharable smartphone dashboards to help staff understand patient care quality 

e. Digitization of alerts and signage that are currently analog/manual