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Health Equity Innovation Challenge finalists announced by BCBSIL & MATTER

November 21, 2018

Update: Congratulations to the BCBSIL Health Equity Innovation Challenge winners! BCBSIL executives selected three winners following a live pitch event at MATTER on December 3, 2018.

1st place: Bright Pink won $15,000 and a pilot with BCBSIL. “Bright Pink is thrilled for the opportunity to partner with MATTER and BCBSIL to democratize access to personalized breast and ovarian cancer preventio…

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At Novo Nordisk innovation bootcamp, innovators break down silos to pressure test ideas

November 19, 2018

“We all have hidden blind spots. I challenge you, over these next few days, to question your own assumptions and use this opportunity to learn from the diverse set of expertise and experiences in this room,” said MATTER Senior Program Director Arun Bhatia in his opening remarks at last week’s Novo Nordisk Innovation Challenge bootcamp.

Challenge semi-finalists, selected from a competitive pool…

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Novo Nordisk and MATTER announce innovation challenge semi-finalists

November 19, 2018

Congratulations to the Novo Nordisk Innovation Challenge semi-finalists, who represent four countries and six U.S. states. These teams each proposed an idea for how to use data from Novo Nordisk’s marketed pen injector device to improve diabetes care. The semi-finalists were selected for the ingenuity and creativity of their ideas, and for the potential of their solution to improve life for peo…

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Digital health in the context of life: A conversation with David Van Sickle

November 15, 2018

Earlier this month, David Van Sickle joined us to share his journey as co-founder and CEO of Propeller Health, a digital health company that is bringing treatment for COPD and asthma into the 21st century.

David’s early career as a medical anthropologist led him to realize the need for better management of chronic respiratory disease — and how digitally powered therapy can step in to close the…

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Event recap: Chicago-area leaders reflect on health equity

November 8, 2018

On November 5, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and MATTER hosted a panel to discuss what the healthcare community can do to advance health equity. The panel discussion was moderated by Joel Farran, chief brand officer at Health Care Service Corporation, and panelists included Dr. Thomas Fisher, attending physician at the University of Chicago; James Williams, director of diversity,…

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