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Connecting to Care Challenge 2015 Launches Today on Medstro

How would you improve access to medical care? Know an inventive means of increasing accessibility to medically underserved populations?

Whether a mobile health app or an innovative practice model, any U.S. citizen is encouraged to submit his or her bright idea to the Connecting to Care Challenge 2015 launching today on Medstro, a social network for physicians and medical students.

The Connecting to Care Challenge is sponsored by IDEA Labs, Washington University’s homegrown incubator, and The American Resident Project, Anthem’s platform for future physician leaders to connect.

“IDEA Labs is excited to be a part of the Connecting to Care Challenge and help forge teams of physicians, students, and other health care providers to tackle the problems this country faces in accessing health care,” says Ramin Lalezari, a second year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine, project manager at IDEA Labs, and competition judge.

Ideas can be submitted online through Monday, August 10 at which point the Medstro community will vote for the most promising proposals.

The top five submissions will be invited to present live at IDEA Labs in St. Louis on September 19th. An impressive panel of judges including Medstro Founder and CEO and MedTech Boston Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Joe, Vice President of Brain Power Arshya Vahabzadeh, and others will select the grand prize winner who’ll receive a special consultation package with IDEA Labs including access to business specialists, engineers and medical specialists to help further develop the winning idea. The winning idea will also be featured in a video highlight by The American Resident Project.

The Connecting to Care Challenge 2015 launches today, July 9, 2015. The deadline to enter submissions online at Medstro is August 10, 2015. A full list of contest rules and eligibility requirements can be found on the challenge website. 

Paula Sokolska

Paula Sokolska

    Paula is a freelance science writer and strategic communications associate at Health Leads. Formerly a managing editor at MedTech Boston, she has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University and has worked with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Boston Globe, Social Documentary Network, BU Today and several nonprofit organizations. She can be reached at paula.sokolska@gmail.com.

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