What is your signature innovation in one sentence?
Health Advisor harnesses the 'wisdom of crowds' to generate innovative ideas and concepts designed to improve the health care system.
Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?
We take a high level, holistic view of the health care enterprise rather than focusing on one specific task improvement.
In Health Advisor, each player manages a set of clients through the system with a goal of maximizing the value of outcomes - the average health state of his clients divided by the costs of achieving this state. This goal is pursued by interacting with agent-based clients about their health state, accessing information on the performance and costs of different providers, assigning clients to providers, and monitoring results.
Health Advisor players compete to achieve the highest score. They can use various strategies for managing the progression of patients' health states from acute to chronic to symptomatic to normal, thereby achieving either a less threatening state, recovery, or death. They can inform these strategies by accessing a wide range of patient, provider, and general medical information.
What barriers exist that are creating the problem your innovation is hoping to address/change?
The current health care system can be described as a federation of entrepreneurs with no one in charge. It is a fragmented system that is a mix of public and private entities with competing interests and incentives. Americans spend twice as much on healthcare as other countries, but rank somewhere below Costa Rica in effectiveness of the system and health state of our citizens.
Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing.
We are selectively using the game with different groups - physicians, nurse practitioners, industry executives, human resource personnel, healthcare administrators etc. to generate a variety of decisions, responses, and game play methods.
How do you plan to scale your innovation?
As the number of gamers increases, we will expand server capacity and user support as our funding permits. We also want to add explicit educational elements to Health Advisor in order to create a richer user experience with more learning opportunities. This ambitious undertaking, in addition to our aspirations to create Public Health Advisor, will also depend on the funding available.