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Challenge Competition: Improving Remote Monitoring of Pregnancy

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Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 31, 2018

Jessie Buerlein

James Resnick


This opportunity is a prize competition to support the development and testing of low-cost, scalable technology-based innovations to improve the ability of prenatal care providers to monitor the health and well-being of pregnant women remotely, especially women who live in rural and medically-underserved areas who have limited access to on-site prenatal care.

The challenge is structured in 3 progressive stages:

  • Phase 1: Design
  • Phase 2: Development and small scale testing
  • Phase 3: Scaling

During the design phase, innovations should:

  1. Be low-cost to families and scalable
  2. Be safe, accurate, and effective
  3. Support remote, real-time, and more continuous monitoring and early detection
  4. Improve communication between patients and providers
  5. Improve patient-centeredness of prenatal care
  6. Be grounded in science
  7. Empower patients to use their own health data to improve behaviors

Eligible applicants are individuals and entities that have registered to participate and have complied with all participation requirements. Specific criteria are listed on the program website.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding
  • Phase 1: 7-10 winners; up to a total of $100,000 in prizes
  • Phase 2: 3-5 winners; up to a total of $125,000 in prizes
  • Phase 3: 1 winner; up to a total of $150,000 prize

Phase 1 winners may be expected to use a portion of the prize money for travel and lodging to attend a 2-day meeting in Washington, DC to demonstrate their innovation to the judges.

Application process

Register and submit an entry on the challenge website. Selected applicants will be invited to move on to Phases 2 and 3.

Tagged as
Access · Prenatal care and obstetrics · Technology for health and human services · Women

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