Two winning submissions have been selected from a “concept blitz round” as part of the effort to identify an approach that could serve as a national patient identification solution.

The two were among 113 submissions for the blitz round for the Healthcare Innovation Trust National Patient ID Challenge. A panel of five independent judges narrowed that field down to 23 semi-finalists, and from those, eight finalists were selected.

The challenge is being sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, a professional organization for healthcare IT executives based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Marc Probst
Marc Probst

The judges selected two winning submissions. One, from Michael Braithwaite, proposes to tap into enhanced biometric technology to create an easy-to-implement and scalable solution. Braithwaite is a senior engineer at Personavera LLC; he has a master’s degree in engineering management with more than 30 years of technical, project/program management, and product development experience.

The other, by Mark Schroeder, proposes to rely on HL7-approved standards for data exchange to enable demographic and biometric data to be used for patient identification. Schroeder is a project coordinator for the health care effectiveness team at LSU Health Care Services and has more than 12 years of experience in healthcare information technology as a software developer and administrator.
CHIME identified the six other finalists as Shawnnah Castillo, Kathryn Elaine, Mathematica Policy Research (team), Spiral Nebula (team), RightPatient (team), and Bon Sy and Ayman Zeidan.

“One of the most encouraging aspects of the concept blitz round is that so many ideas seem to leverage technology that already exists and won’t require wholesale disruption of our information technology systems,” said CHIME Board Chair Marc Probst, vice president and chief information officer, Intermountain Healthcare. “This reinforces CHIME’s position that we can find a solution that can be deployed regardless of provider type, size or location.”

Braithwaite and Schroeder are now able to advance in the competition. The challenge now moves into what CHIME calls the final innovation round, which is open from June 1 to November 10. Innovators must register by July 12 to be eligible for the ultimate $1 million prize. Innovators were not required to participate in the concept blitz round in order to enter the final round of the competition, and Braithwaite and Schroeder must register in the final round in order to participate.

Launched in January, the Healthcare Innovation Trust’s National Patient ID Challenge encourages innovators to develop a way for healthcare providers in the United States to accurately, privately and safely identify patients 100 percent of the time. According to CHIME, finding a viable solution will help reduce healthcare costs, accelerate information exchange and, importantly, improve patient safety.
More information on the challenge can be found here.

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