The New Orleans Health Innovators Challenge (NOLAHI) is an annual digital health competition, produced by the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) and partners since 2018, that brings together startups from around the country to collaborate with local healthcare leaders to find solutions to pressing healthcare challenges. NOLAHI creates strategic partnerships between top emerging companies and our New Orleans health system leaders based on articulated Challenge Statement topics.
Now in its third year, the 2019-2020 event also featured a prominent keynote speaker, Kornelius Bankston of TechPLUG, and panel discussions with challenge winning CEOs from Dina, Predict Health, Pack Health, and EDP Biotech – all of which seek to answer various issues facing the healthcare industry today. The event took place during a week of biotech oriented events, including MedCity INVEST Population Health. NOLAHI is produced by the New Orleans Business Alliance and local healthcare partners.
Participants were tasked with developing a targeted intervention effectively addressing social isolation in the aging adult population centered around loneliness. This year’s challenge, which focused on interventions to address loneliness in the aging adult population, took on new significance, as issues resulting from social isolation continue to rise in prominence as we navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Focused on finding innovative technology to reduce the costs of care by reducing the need for health services through education and preventive care.
Focused on patient-provider unification through data streams delivered in real-time to patients and consumers in the modality/device of their choice.
Focused on providing assistance to those with chronic health conditions due to diabetes by addressing social determinant barriers that improve their health experience, behavior and outcome.
Focused on forward-thinking tech support to address inequitable health disparities and highlight the need to support affordable health solutions that are accessible to all.
NOLAHI is made possible through the generosity of the following partners:
Ready to bring your solution to the New Orleans market? Click below to learn about our Challenge Statements and apply to as many as you like!
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In order to apply to one or more of the Challenge Statements, you must first register here. After registering, you can log in to start your application. Before applying please read the rules of the Challenge to understand how everything works.
Join us for our Finale Event where the top contenders will present their ideas and solutions to a panel of judges. Learn the importance of bio business development from our speakers, and see what New Orleans has to offer! Admission is free and open to all! Details to be announced soon.
MedAux was selected as the winner of the Social Determinants Data Challenge presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System. MedAux is an EMR compatible solution that interacts with users through text messages, gathers and analyzes data, maps the data to the EMR, and sends alerts to the service providers.
The winner of Tulane Health System’s Affordable Choices Challenge, Symptify is a virtual doctor that helps users ﬁgure out causes for their symptoms, what to do about them and where to go for help. The platform combines a symptom evaluator with geolocation services, an appointment scheduler and check in application. All of these functions work together to take a user from having a symptom, to figuring out what could be wrong, to making an appointment with a doctor.
CoHealth, the winner of the Real Time Results Challenge presented by Lafayette General Health, allows healthcare consumers to access the resources they need to manage care and gives community organizations a platform to make these resources available - all in one place. CoHealth's platform is a single point of access for the entire healthcare experience. The platform is currently distributed in over 30 provider networks across North America and has helped tens of thousands of healthcare consumers manage and coordinate care.
Roundtrip is improving access to care by making it easier and more affordable for hospital staff to order rides for patients. The company was selected as the winner for the Access to Care Challenge presented by the New Orleans Health Department in partnership with University Medical Center. Roundtrip reduces transportation costs for health facilities by ~40% and lead the healthcare transportation industry in reducing patient no-show rates to under 4%.
- Marc Rippen, CEO of Alertgy:
- Elnaz Sarabchian, CEO of MedAux:
The New Orleans Business Alliance partners with Ochsner Health System, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, New Orleans Health Department, LCMC Health, Lafayette General Foundation, [pending CID + partner], and Tulane Health System/HCA MidAmerica Division to create Challenge Statements and put on the New Orleans Health Innovators competition. If your company or healthcare system has a problem that can be solved through technology, get in touch about partnering with us to create your own unique Challenge Statement.
In order for new ideas in healthcare to succeed, we need the support of the business community. Investors enable digital health entrepreneurs to scale their companies. The Business Alliance works to help the bio business community make meaningful connections. If you are interested in investing in a biotech startup, we can be the conduit.
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- Elnaz Sarabchian, MedAux founder and CEO