The Forum on Health Care Innovation is pleased to announce the four finalists in its 2016 Health Acceleration Challenge:

2016 Health Acceleration Finalists Announcement on YouTubeAddicaid: Addiction wellness platform for patients, payers, and providers.
Carrum Health: Comprehensive bundled payment solution for employers.
Ochsner Health System: Technology-enabled model of care to manage hypertension.
Radial Analytics: Decision support system for after-hospital care planning. 

Click on the video to meet the finalists:

The four finalists will share the $150,000 Cox prize now, with an additional $50,000 awarded to the eventual winner,  named a year from now, after they have pursued their dissemination plans. Each finalist will become the subject of an HBS case study.

Applications for the Challenge were evaluated on the three Challenge criteria of impact, evidence, and dissemination.  Each was given an overall score to create a list of 21 semi-finalists. These 21 innovations then went through additional rounds of judging to identify 7 ‘shortlisted’ candidates and, ultimately, 4 strong finalists.  A committee of 24 judges--a mix of clinicians, health care professionals, and academics--specializing in health care and innovation, reviewed the applications.

To learn more about the 21 semi-finalists, please click here.


HBS Professor Richard Hamermesh with Richard Milani, MD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at Ochsner Health System


Eric Weiss, Co-founder and CTO, Radial Analytics with HBS Professor Richard Hamermesh and Thaddeous Fulford-Jones, PhD, Co-founder and CEO of Radial Analytics


HBS Professor Robert Huckman with Sach Jain, Founder & CEO of Carrum Health


Sam Frons, Founder, Addicaid and HBS Professor Robert Huckman.

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About the Forum on Health Care Innovation

The Forum on Health Care Innovation is a collaboration between Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Its purpose is to unite leading executives, policymakers, and academics in a cross-disciplinary exploration of innovative actions to improve quality, reduce costs, and, ultimately, increase value in the health care industry.

The Forum's inaugural event was a conference and survey that were summarized in Five Key Imperatives.

In 2014 the Forum launched the Health Acceleration Challenge to identify and promote demonstrated health care innovations...

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I discovered both the enormous gratitude each one of us has as individuals for health care and the equally enormous frustration any one of us has as a consumer of the health care system. Our challenge is: How can we realize the great magic, and the great benefits, that health care can afford?

Dean NohriaNitin Nohria
Dean, Harvard Business School
Reflecting on his personal experiences with health care and his ambitions for the Forum

We need approaches to the solutions that aren’t just arithmetic and additive, but are in some sense logarithmic. This will require us to reach across historic boundaries and unlock the potential of collaboration across the usual disciplines.

Jeffrey S. FlierJeffrey S. Flier, MD
Former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University
Introducing the purpose and structure of the Forum

Steering Committee

Richard G. Hamermesh

Richard G. Hamermesh

Faculty Co-Chair, Precision Medicine, Harvard Business School
Robert S. Huckman

Robert S. Huckman

Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Barbara J. McNeil, MD

Barbara J. McNeil, MD

Ridley Watts Professor and Head of the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Joseph P.  Newhouse

Joseph P. Newhouse

John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University
Cara M.  Sterling

Cara M.  Sterling

Director, Health Care Initiative, Harvard Business School