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Seeking the Best Innovations in Digital Healthcare

Pfizer has always had the goal of providing sustainable solutions to urgent health care challenges. Pfizer has a leading portfolio of products and medicines that support wellness and prevention, as well as treatment and cures for diseases across a broad range of therapeutic area. To ensure we can continue to deliver on our commitments to the patients that rely on us we are seeking innovations from the digital healthcare ecosystem. 

The Pfizer Healthcare Challenge 2017 is seeking submissions designed to solve some of the key challenges faced by patients and their clinicians. Finalists will be honored at an event in Berlin where they will present their ideas to the challenge sponsors, industry stakeholders, fellow participants and a live audience. The winning solution for each category will also receive a financial reward of 5.000 euros, in addition to mentoring from Pfizer experts. The winning solutions might have the opportunity to co-develop a project or service contract with Pfizer.

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Launched in 2015, the Pfizer Healthcare Hub Berlin aims to promote and implement digital healthcare innovation between Pfizer and German start-up community. The Pfizer Healthcare Challenge 2017 presents a unique opportunity to catalyze innovation by bringing new players to the table – researchers, developers, digital tech start-ups, entrepreneurs, and other innovators.

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Challenge Description

The Pfizer Healthcare Challenge 2017 seeks the best digital health solutions to answer one of the following three topics:

1)    Supporting Patients during Oncology Treatment
2)    Measuring Growth in Infants & Children
3)    Adherence Solutions, beyond Reminder Apps

The best ideas solve these specific challenges by combining one or a combination of these forms of digital health technologies:

Applications, algorithms, wireless devices, hardware sensors, software sensing technologies, social networking, mobile networks, and related health information technologies


Supporting Patients During Oncology Treatment

Background: As options and outcomes improve in oncology therapy, we aim to help patients and their clinicians better manage their treatment regime. Supporting patients during their oncology treatment might include education on drug or dietary interactions, management of side effects, or guidance on the patients’ overall health. Oncology treatment has to be regularly managed, not just by the patients’ oncologist, but also by other clinicians and the patient themselves. Greater patient and clinician awareness can lead to better treatment outcomes for patients and greater quality of life.

1) Which solutions could provide monitoring, education, interventions and/or support that would best serve oncology patients and clinicians, including those with or without an oncology specialty? How can we improve the monitoring and managing of side effects for oncology patients?

Measuring Growth in Infants & Children

Background: The diagnosis of growth hormone deficiency remains difficult, and medical literature largely reiterates the unsatisfactory nature of current diagnostic process.1

If growth abnormalities are diagnosed earlier, patients have greater chances of finding the right and most effective treatment inventions. We are looking for efficient, accurate, and lower cost tools to accurate measure height and growth correlations.

2) How can we improve the way children’s growth is measured at home or in the clinical setting? Which innovative solutions provide any or all of these features: accurate measurements, documentation of growth progress (making and saving of photos for example), recording, storage and sharing of information, and relevant analysis? How can these solutions motivate the parents to measure their children over a longer period of time (e.g. a couple of years)?

1-Stanley, T. MD. Diagnosis of Growth Hormone Deficiency in Childhood. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2012 Feb; 19(1): 47–52.

Adherence, Beyond Reminder Apps

Background: Currently, the digital health market has many applications focused on medication adherence, but these are just the beginning of what is possible. An effective adherence solution might combine elements of motivational therapy, behavior modification, and other disease-specific factors to increase adherence and improve the patients overall wellness.

3) What are the next generation of solutions to improve medication adherence and health outcomes of patients living with diseases?

If you have any questions, please contact us at healthcarehub.berlin[at]pfizer.com.




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