The final pitch-off event in the Creating Value Challenge was held last night at the University of San Francisco School of Medicine in front of a sell-out crowd of 130 physicians, trainees and interested members of the public. The five presenters were selected after three months of online competition held on Medstro, the social network for physicians, and flew in from Michigan, Chicago, Arizona and Nevada to participate. Each finalist was given five minutes to present their idea, and then faced tough, rapid-fire questions from the panel of four expert judges.
In the end, the finalist chosen as the overall Grand Prize winner was Megan Hunt, MD of Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, for her submission Reducing readmissions through transitional care management. Dr. Hunt presented results from a pilot study she conducted at Banner University Medical Center that cut 30-day readmissions and 30-day ED visits by more than half after implementing a new transitional care protocol.
The event also featured opening remarks by Christopher Moriates, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF and Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of Care, as well as a panel discussion where trainees gave their impressions of the presentations and interacted with the audience. The event was sponsored by Costs of Care, the American Resident Project, the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value and JAMA Internal Medicine.
In addition to the Grand Prize winner chosen by the panel of judges, Medstro is also conducting a “Crowd Favorite Award” where anyone can vote for their favorite presenter online until October 28. Click here to register your vote!
Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.
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