Two Health IT Technologies Make the Cut for New Funding

Two new health IT technologies developed by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers and undergoing technology development through Wake Forest Innovations are vying for top honors at upcoming events that will award funding dollars.

The eCare project, developed by Pamela Duncan, PhD, is one of five finalists in an innovation contest from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology. The contest targets inventors “who can formulate creative new ideas that can solve the inventor’s dilemma to simultaneously improve health and reduce health care spending.”

The winning technology will receive $10,000 in funding and will be announced at the 2nd Integrative Conference on Technology, Social Media, and Behavioral Health on November 11 in Pittsburgh.

The HEART Pathway app—developed by Simon Mahler, MD and Iltifat Husain, MD and licensed through Wake Forest Innovations to their company Decision Point Informatics—is one of 25 semi-finalists for the NC IDEA Seed Grant, which will award up to $50,000 through NC IDEA’s 22nd grant cycle. Finalists will be announced on November 18.

These Wake Forest Baptist researchers worked with technology development case managers in the Center for Technology Innovation & Commercialization at Wake Forest Innovations who helped identify potential funding opportunities and navigate the application process.

“Both of these technologies are excellent examples of innovative approaches to making health care more effective, both from a clinical and cost-savings perspective,” says Jason Kralic, assistant vice president of technology innovation at Wake Forest Innovations.