ISSUE 3 · Sep 10, 2009

Healthspottr Fellows Program: Annual Prizes for Health Innovators

Today we are pleased to announce the creation of the healthspottr fellows program. As part of our commitment to foster the transformation of healthcare through innovation, healthspottr is launching this annual fellowship program through which outstanding entrepreneurs will be awarded prizes of up to $250,000, each, to accelerate their endeavors.

We are debuting the program as part of our participation in The Third Rail of Health Care Reform: Cost, a national healthcare summit hosted by RAND Health in support of its health policy research program, COMPARE. The summit takes place Saturday, August 29, in Nashville, Tenn., and is co-sponsored by Vanguard Health Systems, The Martin Foundation and healthspottr.

Details of the healthspottr fellows program: We have assembled an independent committee of industry experts to select our award winners. Candidates will be evaluated for their past accomplishments, as well as for their future potential to make a genuinely innovative contribution to the transformation of healthcare in the United States.  Such innovations will be judged by their likely ability to expand access to care and to improve the efficiency and quality of care, within two to five years.

Members of the future health 100 are automatic candidates for this program. We also welcome your nominations.

Terms of eligibility: A candidate may work in a for-profit or not-for-profit organization. A candidate may live or work in any country, but must be a U.S. citizen. Additionally, the candidate's work or innovation must have immediate application in the U.S. market. Financial need also will be a consideration for selection. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominees should prepare a one-page memo for the selection committee that includes the following:

  1. Tell us what you do.

  2. State the long-term goal of your work.

  3. Succinctly state your project's financial needs to meet your goal.

  4. Describe, specifically, how you would apply a $100,000 or $250,000 grant to advance your project toward your long-term goal.

  5. State a performance outcome that we could use to measure your progress against your long-term goal in 12 months (e.g., number of customers, number of product installations, etc.)


We will open nominations on Saturday August 29, and accept new candidates until October 1st. Finalists will be contacted by November 13.

Thanks, and keeping innovating...

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