Competing in front of a live audience at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative‘s Annual Fall Conference, Erin Curtis beat out four other finalists to become the winner of this year’s Team Care Challenge, sponsored by PCPCC and The American Resident Project.
For three months this year, clinicians and clinicians-in-training from around the country submitted their ideas for promoting team care, involving the entire extended care team, the patient’s family and other care givers to improve patient outcomes and lower cost. Five finalists were selected by crowd-sourced voting and online judge scoring on Medstro, the social network for physicians, which hosted the competition.
Last Friday, in a live pitch-off event closing the conference, held in Washington D.C., a panel of expert judges determined the winner.
Curtis, a care experience consultant at the San Francisco Health Network, presenting for finalist Catherine James, chief medical officer at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, beat out the competition with her proposal–UX Principles Inform Care Experience Design in a Safety Net–which advocated for better educating patients about and connecting patients to their care teams.
The winner received free admission to next year’s PCPCC Annual Fall Conference.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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