Create Data-Driven Tools that May Improve Diabetes Care for a Chance to Win $100K

This post is being reblogged by DC2 as it looked like a pretty worthy cause. The original author was Dwayne Spradlin.

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In 2011, McKinsey Global Institute put out a study that projected, “If U.S. healthcare were to use big data creatively and effectively to drive efficiency and quality, the sector could create more than $300 billion in value every year.” The transformative power of open data has been a hot topic of national conversation over the past several years, particularly in its application to healthcare, as data practitioners ponder groundbreaking new developments that could change the lives of patients. In what may come as a surprising move for some, Sanofi US, an established healthcare player, is leading the charge to find out exactly what’s possible when you apply the power of open data to healthcare innovation to help millions of people living with diabetes.

Last week, in partnership with the Health Data Consortium, the Sanofi US 2013 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge - Prove It! kicked off the Redesigning Data Challenge Series, inviting innovators to create data-driven tools that could potentially improve diabetes care in the US. Now in its third year, the partnership with the Health Data Consortium brings a new focus on data to Data Design Diabetes, encouraging entrepreneurs, data scientists, and designers to create the evidence needed to make better decisions related to diabetes. Through baseline knowledge models, evidence-based practice, or predictive analysis, the Challenge asks innovators to submit Prove It! concepts that have the potential to create real change with real knowledge.

Since its inception in 2011, Data Design Diabetes has helped to launch a number of successful startups, spurring innovative solutions to help people living with diabetes, their families, and their caregivers. The first Data Design Diabetes winner,, uses an app that alerts caregivers to concerning behavioral changes. The team has raised $8.2M in venture funding, has grown to a team of twelve, and recently acquired Rock Health startup, Pipette. has been groundbreaking in its use of mobile technology to create data that can be utilized to help improve the health and daily lives of people living with diabetes. Last year’s winner, n4a Diabetes Care Center, uses predictive analysis to isolate and target patients based on cost patterns and risk profiles, to provide them with support and services designed to slow the progression of the disease, improve the quality of health, and slow the spending associated with a patient’s health.

Prove It! is open for submissions now through April 7, 2013. Finalist teams will present at Health Datapalooza IV in Washington, DC, and one winner will receive $100,000.


EVIDENCE-BASED HEALTH OUTCOMES: Ability to demonstrate in an evidence-based way how the concept can improve the outcomes and/or experience of people living with diabetes in the US.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Ability to support one or more members of the healthcare ecosystem and provide them with data-driven tools or evidence-based insight that can help them make better contributions to staving the diabetes epidemic in the US.

DECISION-MAKING: Ability to illustrate how the concept can enable better data-driven decision-making at a particular stage across the spectrum of type 1 or type 2 diabetes, from lifestyle and environmental factors to diagnosis, treatment, maintenance, and beyond.

DATA SCIENCE: Utilize new or traditional data methodology -- such as baseline knowledge models, evidence-based practice, and predictive analysis -- to create a tool that may potentially change the landscape of diabetes management through richer insight, more timely information, or better sets of decisions.


2013 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge Timeline

  • March 18: Challenge open for submissions
  • April 7: Last day to submit to the Challenge
  • April 18: Finalists announced during TEDMED
  • April 18-June 2: Finalists participate in virtual incubator
  • April 26-28: Innovators’ bootcamp in San Francisco, CA
  • June 3: Finalists present at Health Datapalooza IV
  • June 4: Winner announced at Health Datapalooza IV


Submit a concept today, or follow the Challenge on Twitter or Facebook for updates as the 2013 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge - Prove It! progresses.