Hillsborough Team Receives $50K Award

As one of three finalists, group will compete for $100,000 prize to further solution.

Eric Heil and his team from Right Care Solutions in Hillsborough have been awarded $50,000 from Janssen Healthcare Innovation to further develop their technology-enabled, scalable solutions to improve care for patients as they are discharged from the hospital.

The Hillsborough team's solution, D2S2, is a proprietary discharge decision support system that assembles and scores key data upon admission to identify patients at risk for 30-day re-admissions. The tool can help discharge planners and care coordinators quickly identify high-risk patients and facilitate the coordination of the right care for patients post-discharge.

The team was one of three finalists in the crowdsourcing-inspired Janssen Connected Care Challenge.

“Our three finalists proposed well-conceived, genuinely creative solutions designed to improve health outcomes and reduce costs as patients transition from the hospital to home," said Diego Miralles, head of Janssen Healthcare Innovation.

Each finalist will present a prototype of their idea to a panel of distinguished judges at Demo Day, hosted by Janssen Healthcare Innovation Founding Partner Kimberly Park, on May 10 at the Johnson & Johnson Global Strategic Design Office in New York City.

The judges for the challenge represent a diverse group of professionals who collectively have extensive knowledge of the difficulties associated with care transitions, as well as the complexities of transforming an innovative healthcare business idea into a reality. 

A live broadcast of Demo Day will be available and archived on the Janssen Connected Care Challenge website. The final winner will be announced on May 23 and awarded $100,000 to help bring their concept to market.

The other two finalists are:

Cara Health
Team Leader: Enda Madden
Location: Chicago
Cara Health’s system with machine learning capabilities guides non-clinical staff through adaptive telephone conversations to identify patients at high risk of hospital readmission. Patient and caregiver self-reported health status information is used to predict pre-acute trends and generate alerts to facilitate early interventions.

Care Rocket
Team Leader: Wayne Monroe
Location: Bethesda, Md.
The Care Rocket risk-assessment tool creates a portrait of the hospital patient within 24 hours of admission in order to design a patient-centric, post-discharge care plan. Patient use of the interactive voice response system supports engagement and adherence to in-hospital treatment and a customized, 30-day post-discharge care plan for optimal recovery.


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