PInCh Spring 2014: Empowering individuals to take control of their own health outcomes

The inaugural Pitt Innovation Challenge focused on generating creative ideas spanning the spectrum of health and health care delivery, including ideas for informing, activating, and engaging people in their own disease prevention, care, or treatment.

$100,000 Award Winners


Team Members: Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH, Saul Shiffman, PhD, Daniel P. Siewiorek, PhD, Ervi Sejdic, PhD, Praduman Jain, and Erik Auguston 

Description: A tool for smoking cessation support


Team Members: Yadong Wang, PhD, William Keplar, Noah Johnson, PhD student, Eric Jeffries, PhD student, and Chelsea Stowell, PhD student

Description: At-home therapy to heal diabetic skin ulcers


Team Members: Samay Jain, MD, Matthew Keener, MD, Vinod Sharma, Karl Mormer 

Description: Parkinson's disease-focused app support patient independence

$25,000 Award Winners


Team Member: Janice Pringle, PhD

Description: A Cloud-based application to decrease hospital readmission

IOTAS - It's OK To Ask Someone

Team MembersKatie Horowitz, MPH, CHES, CPH, Jose Garth, Christina Mair, PhD, Jessica Burke, PhD, and Teagen O'Malley, MPH, CPH, PhD Candidate

Description: A peer-staffed text helpline for teens with sexual health questions


Team Members: James F. Kaus, Urs Muller, James S. Kaus, Olufunmilola Odukoya, BPharm, PhD

Description: Improving compliance and safety 



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