CHI Franciscan Health is looking for entrepreneurial teams to create innovative solutions to their healthcare challenges

The health system hosted a Reverse Pitch Day™ event, in conjunction with Cambia Grove and Elevar Labs, to kick off their pilot competition, last month. In this unique opportunity, representatives from the health care system “reverse pitched” or shared its business challenges with startup firms and entrepreneurs in the digital/high tech industry. CHI Franciscan is currently seeking applications from startups to participate in a paid pilot program.

The event was hosted at Cambia Grove, a health care innovation hub in Seattle that connects stakeholders through Cascadia. Executive panelists in attendance included:
  • Mark Adams, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CHI Franciscan Health – Dr. Adams is a board-certified general and vascular surgeon and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington and joined CHI Franciscan Health in 2012.
  • Thomas Kruse, Chief Strategy, Integration and Innovation Officer, CHI Franciscan Health – Kruse has accountability for bringing innovation to care delivery and customer expectations for CHI Franciscan as well as strategy and regional business development; strategic planning; marketing; communications and community relations; clinical and operational integration.
  • Abdul Bengali, Former CIO, Mayo Clinic – Bengali joined Mayo as a lead systems programmer and progressed to Chief Information Officer, collaborating with Medical Practice, Education, Research and Administration senior leadership to develop a 12-year IT roadmap that aligns with the Mayo Clinic strategic plan.
  • Laurent Rotival, SVP Strategic Technology Solutions, CIO, Cambia Health Solutions – Rotival brings 25 years of senior leadership experience in IT business strategy and growth from some of the most well-known global brands and Fortune 10 companies. He leads Cambia’s development of next generation technology solutions that will help create a more person-focused approach to health care.
CHI Franciscan’s pilot program to solve some of its digital challenges leverages entrepreneurial thinking and digital technologies to create a better experience for both patients and providers. The application process is underway and all startups interested in making an impact in digital health are invited to apply to Elevar. This is an exclusive opportunity for applicants to participate in Elevar Labs and land a transformative contract for a paid pilot with CHI Franciscan Health. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2016.

To learn more about the program and read the full press release, click here.