Finalists for the Health Innovation Technology Challenge | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Preview the Incredible Innovations from our Health Innovation Technology Challenge Finalists

Explore 10 game-changing health technologies that could solve some of our region’s biggest health challenges.

Over the last 18 months, the pandemic has brought unprecedented attention to the topic of health. At United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, health is one of our focus areas, because it’s foundational for a person’s success in every area of their life. Health, along with education and income, truly is one of the building blocks of opportunity.

That’s why this fall we’re holding our first-ever Health Innovation Technology Challenge, presented by AT&T, where we’re identifying, elevating and activating game-changing solutions to some of our region’s biggest health challenges. Throughout the months of this social innovation competition, our 10 finalists have showcased their creative, technology-fueled approaches for increasing access to preventive pediatric care and improving social/emotional wellness and mental health.

The competition culminates on Oct. 19, when we’ll announce the winners of $1 million in prize funding to help activate these health solutions across our region. The virtual event will also include a lineup of local health care leaders who will offer insights into some of the most pressing challenges—and the most exciting opportunities—around health in North Texas. Click below to register now for this free virtual event.

Innovative Technologies from Our Finalists

The Health Innovation Technology Challenge is all about innovation through collaboration. We’ve brought together nearly every major hospital system in North Texas, as well as leading technology companies and entrepreneurs, to work toward the common goal of health solutions for our community.

Our finalists range from small tech startups to large, well-established health care networks. Get to know a bit about the innovative solutions each finalist is offering, and how they could impact North Texas:

Children’s Health – BeeHive mobile mental health app

Children’s Health will expand nationally the reach of two existing mobile apps for asthma and diabetes and will develop and include the two remaining modules for behavioral health and weight management. BeeHive will help youth facing mental health challenges by providing convenient access to interactive support solutions for moments of crisis, educational information and tools, and links to additional clinician-approved, no-cost, just-in-time support resources.  This app will help fill a current void in the pediatric mental health space for patients, families and providers and has significant local, state and nationwide potential to impact a serious and growing concern.

The Callier Center for Communication Disorders – Callier Infant Hearing Project

The UT Dallas Callier Center is striving to improve early access to appropriate intervention for infants born with hearing differences by decreasing the time from diagnosis to when they are fit with custom hearing aids. By implementing 3D printing technology that manufactures custom ear molds at the point of service, Callier will be able to provide hearing loss diagnosis and hearing aid fittings within a day. This advancement will help prevent developmental delays and positively impact educational outcomes for children everywhere—especially among families who have a difficult time accessing clinical care.

GreenLight VitalSign6 – Mental health software

VitalSign6 from GreenLight is a suite of depression screening and clinical decision support software tools that seek to improve the health and educational outcomes for thousands of minority and economically disadvantaged children through an approach that is highly scalable both in the region and across the state.

Insight Optics – Mobile-enabled eye exam

Insight Optics has built a smart, mobile-enabled platform that allows primary care providers and their nursing staff to record video of a patient’s eye on their phone, know that they’ve recorded the right content, and forward the exam to a local specialist for diagnostic support and follow-up care. The company’s goal was to build a solution that would improve the accessibility of eye exams for patients who live in rural, impoverished and underserved areas.

MyPHI – Patient-controlled health information exchange

MyPHI is a first-in-class, secure patient-controlled health information exchange. The platform automatically accesses, indexes and organizes patient data from diverse portals into an intuitive summary report that can be viewed, downloaded and automatically shared with anyone of the patient’s choosing. The goal is to enable seamless health-to-school data sharing and care coordination and provide timely access at school to quality mental, behavioral and preventive care for low-income students with chronic diseases.

Parkland Health and Hospital System – Gamified teen resiliency platform

This venture merges the clinical and behavioral health expertise of Parkland Health & Hospital System, the advanced data analytics and community navigation capabilities of the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, and SuperBetter’s scientifically proven app (adapted specifically for teens for this challenge). The result is an innovative solution leveraging technology and social interaction to improve resilience of the highest at-risk adolescents ages 14-17 in the Dallas community and potentially providing a new, transformative pathway to wellness.

River Health – Virtual-first health plan

River Health has developed an affordable subscription service to provide comprehensive primary and behavioral care to individuals. Working with partners like CVS Health and UnitedHealthcare, River provides virtual care, in-person doctor’s visits, therapy and affordable prescriptions for just $35/month.

Texas Health Resources – FULL Minds & Bodies

Texas Health Resources is collaborating with local schools to develop the Feeding Us to Learn and Live (FULL) Minds & Bodies program, a health care initiative grounded in technology that is designed to combat food insecurity and promote the emotional wellbeing and long-term academic success of low-income students who are traditionally underserved. FULL Minds & Bodies features two major components: 1) a school-based resiliency training curriculum, personalized through digital implementation, with supplemental in-person activities; and 2) an on-campus school grocery store food model that provides students with a points-based payment option.

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies (CARS) – Gateway drug-prevention virtual gaming app

Gateway is a unique, interactive virtual gaming app that incorporates drug prevention information and activities through innovative gaming designed to educate youth while also building refusal skills to withstand peer pressure—all in a fun, enjoyable game with cultural appeal to youth. Concepts are demonstrated and reinforced through increasing game-level activities in a medieval-style wizard school setting. This app and innovative approach are being developed by CARS for its work in youth substance abuse prevention and intervention, as well as to share with community partners.

OneSeventeen Media – ReThinkIt! telemental health care companion for students

reThinkIt! for School is a digital mental health platform that uses chatbot assistants, live chat counselors, near-peer video mentors and What’s Up?, an evidence-based early detection assessment, to help students in sixth to 12th grades better process difficult emotions, understand their own behaviors and navigate those of others while preserving teachers’ discipline management time and saving schools money.

Register now for the virtual Health Innovation Technology Challenge awards event on October 19, and stay tuned for our exciting lineup of speakers.


This article was published on: Sep 29, 2021