New Orleans Entrepreneur Named National Winner Of Ochsner Health System And GE Healthcare Healthcare Innovation Challenge At New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

(L-R) Warner Thomas, CEO and President, Ochsner Health System; Dr. Aaron Wolfson, “Wear Your Health” Challenge Winner; Dr. Richard Milani, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Ochsner Health System; Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Healthcare)

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System and GE Healthcare announced the winner of the “Wear Your Health” Innovation Challenge at the Healthcare Innovation Summit at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – Aaron Wolfson, Ph. D., a psychologist with Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group in Metairie, LA, was selected as the winner for his concept, ReHabbit.

         ReHabbit is a proprietary system using activity trackers to capture data specific to activity levels, sleep, pain and medication usage for patients who suffer from chronic pain or chronic health problems. Through ReHabbit, physicians will be able to track and monitor a patient’s pain medication usage through a Bluetooth-enabled smart pill dispenser, which will allow for appropriate intervention and other behavior recommendations if needed.

         “I am thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate with Ochsner and GE to create new ways to improve patient safety and outcomes through ReHabbit,” said Dr. Wolfson. “Leveraging available technologies to provide actionable data to promote wellness behaviors is extremely rewarding. The healthcare industry is an incredibly rich area for innovation research and entrepreneurship. I’m excited to be a part of it, and I’m grateful to Ochsner and GE for this opportunity.”

         The “Wear Your Health Challenge was a national challenge focused on wearable technologies which allow for more a personalized patient experience and care and have the potential to deliver new value across the healthcare industry.

         The Wear Your Health Challenge was announced in March 2015 during NOEW and launched in July. Of the 21 applications submitted from across the nation, eight finalists were selected last fall and invited to participate in Phase 2 of the Challenge. Of those 8 finalists, Dr. Wolfson was selected as the winner.

         Dr. Wolfson initially received $1,000 USD as one of eight initial cash prizewinners during Phase 1. As the winner, he is now eligible for additional funding of up to $15,000 USD to collaborate with GE Healthcare and Ochsner toward further development and commercialization of his ReHabbit technology.

         The Ochsner/ GE Healthcare Innovation Summit featured Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System; Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Healthcare and Richard Milani, MD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Ochsner Health System.

         “As a national and global healthcare destination, Ochsner is shaping the future to meet the needs of a new world in healthcare,” said Aimee Quirk, CEO, innovationOchsner, or iO. “Through innovationOchsner, we challenge ourselves to re-imagine healthcare to create new value for our patients through more innovative solutions. We are committed to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship to drive positive change in the healthcare industry and are proud to partner with GE and The Idea Village in NOEW.”

         The challenge is part of a three-year commitment by Ochsner and GE Healthcare as co-sponsors of an annual Healthcare Innovation Summit at NOEW.  This commitment builds on Ochsner and GE’s long-standing collaboration to ignite brilliant moments in the future of healthcare.

         “We’re proud to partner with Ochsner to ignite innovation in disruptive fields such as wearables, which has the ability to help manage chronic disease and empower patients,” said Tony Holland, General Manager, US Region, GE Healthcare. “Today’s deserving winner reflects this opportunity and exemplifies the power of entrepreneurship, connectivity and technology both in the Gulf Region and across the country.”

         In its second year, the new challenge, “Healthy @Home,” will identify technologies and mobile solutions targeted to the aging population (65+ years) with a goal of improving healthcare outcomes by monitoring activities in the home. This challenge seeks solutions that will optimize some of the healthcare industry’s greatest opportunities by utilizing patient-centered technologies and concepts to address highly personalized patient experiences and treatment plans to help improve healthcare outcomes.

         The challenge will be officially launched in July 2016.

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