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Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator

Patient Experience Competition

Boston Children’s Hospital and Cerner Sponsored Strategic Initiative:

Enhancing the Patient Experience

Hospitals play a central role in today’s patient journey, but it is still only a partial role. The span of engagement is getting bigger and more complicated. Early engagement and after-care create a whole suite of extensions to the traditional care setting.

Boston Children’s Hospital and Cerner Corporation are teaming up for a second year in the PULSE@MassChallenge to accelerate innovation in digital health in an effort to help improve and extend good outcomes for health care. Boston Children’s/Cerner team is now accepting applications from digital health companies with a vision to improve the patient journey.

Boston Children’s has been ranked the number-one pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. New & World Report receiving top rankings across ten specialties. Boston Children’s is recognized as one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the U.S. and provides a complete range of pediatric services that spans nearly 25,000 inpatient admissions and 557,000 scheduled visits annually.1

The Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) at Boston Children’s works with industry leaders and startups to develop and commercialize new technologies at scale to advance healthcare in support of highly diverse patient and provider networks.

Cerner is the world’s largest publicly traded company that supplies health IT solutions and services throughout the healthcare industry.2 With over 25,000 facilities in 35 countries, Cerner provides for products that are innovative and enable secure data sharing across diverse systems to support access to health information when the need arises.2

Criteria for selection:

  • Addresses a key unmet need through a proven model (e.g. evidence based) that has an impact on the patient experience with an emphasis on one of the following topics:
  • Navigating the complexities of a healthcare system, improving access
  • Interacting with the care team and local resources
  • Managing chronic conditions
  • Patient generated data management with integrated devices
  • Lower cost of overall care
  • Offers a unique, value add service(s)
  • Provides for a product that can be implemented at scale and commercialized

While not required, solutions that include the following will be viewed as most favorable:

  • Web-based, provider-facing applications
  • Mobile solutions for consumers
  • Complements existing Cerner platforms, such as:
    • Electronic Health Record (EHR): Millennium® or
    • Population health management: HealtheIntentSM or
    • Patient portal: HealtheLifeSM
    • Cerner based plug-ins: MPagesSM


The digital health startup selected with the winning solution will have the potential to receive the following from Boston Children’s and Cerner:
  • Advisory, consultative services
  • Support through an IDHA Opportunity SPRINT
  • Grant funding to support further development
  • Co-development, leveraging technology and clinical resources
  • Product validation within the Cerner platform
  • Product validation within the Boston Children’s clinical environment
  • Boston Children’s as a customer
  • Opportunity to become a member of Cerner’s developer program, enabling deployment throughout the Cerner client base
  • Strategic investment from Boston Children’s and/or Cerner

How the competition works:

PULSE@MassChallenge is providing for this challenge as part of the 6-month PULSE accelerator program.  PULSE will source digital health applicants from around the world and facilitate a vetting and online judging process. The most qualified applicants will be selected and then invited to give a face-to-face pitch of their concept before the Boston Children’s/Cerner team.  After a Q&A and product testing session, Boston Children’s and Cerner will choose the challenge winner and work with them to assemble the team that will drive the development and deployment of their transformative technology.


Applications can be submitted starting on August 8, 2017 through October 11, 2017. Application vetting will take place through November 8, 2017. The challenge winner will be selected in December, 2017 for participation in the PULSE accelerator program beginning in January, 2018.


To apply, click here to visit the PULSE@MassChallenge website for more information.

1Boston Children’s Hospital,, 2016 2Company Fact Sheet, Cerner, February 2017