The American Resident Project and Medstro Announce the Finalists of the Primary Care Innovation Challenge

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Six Finalists to Compete in “Pitch Off” at Harvard Medical School Tomorrow Night at 6PM

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Every patient should have a relationship with a primary care physician who knows and understands their individual health care needs.

The American Resident Project, a platform for future physician leaders to explore ideas for transforming health care, and Medstro, the social network for physicians and medical students, announced the six finalists of the 2014 Primary Care Innovation Challenge (#PCC14). The Challenge is a unique idea competition using an online platform and crowdsourcing to find novel ideas for improving primary care, the foundation of health care in America. Over the course of six weeks, 53 physicians submitted their proposals which generated more than 11,000 views, 400 comments and 1,000 total votes.

The six finalists will travel to Boston to present their ideas in a “pitch off” competition to be held on September 16 at 6PM in The Canon Room at Harvard Medical School. For more information about registering for this event, please go to

The six finalists of the 2014 Primary Care Innovation Challenge are, in no particular order: Cole Zanetti, DO, Family Medicine Resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Concord, NH; John Moore, MD, PhD, CEO of Twine Health; Gina Luciano, MD, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA; Howard Libman, MD, Primary Care Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA; Ajay Kohli, Medical Student at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA; and Howard Haft, MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE, Quality Consultant at Shah Associates in Hollywood, MD. Submissions varied from patient engagement apps to physician training platforms. For a complete description of each winning challenge submission, go to

“Every patient should have a relationship with a primary care physician who knows and understands their individual health care needs and can work together on a journey for health and through care coordination when there is complex illness,” said Dr. Sam Nussbaum, chief medical officer for WellPoint. “The ideas submitted by these physicians who are on the front lines focus on promoting high value primary care and improved outcomes – ranging from models of patient engagement and primary care training to care coordination and use of information to improve quality. These diverse ideas demonstrate the value of different perspectives and experiences as the conversation about how to improve America’s health care system continues.”

“At a time when the American health care system is working to reinvent itself to deliver better care, it’s exciting to be a part of the conversation about how to make that happen. This competition has created a platform where front-line clinicians can collaborate and explore ways to improve primary care, which will play an increasingly important role in the high-value, affordable system we’re trying to create,” said Arshya Vahabzadeh, MD, an American Resident Project Writing Fellow.

“We find that the online competition format adds some excitement and urgency to the health care debate, and it stokes up that competitive spirit, which physicians have in abundance,” said Jennifer M. Joe, MD, CEO of Medstro. “By crowdsourcing voting, we ensured that the ideas that were judged to be valuable by other medical professionals rose to the top.”

Medstro and The American Resident Project have plans for future competitions on various topics related to health care in America.

About The American Resident Project
The American Resident Project, sponsored by WellPoint, is a platform for future physician leaders – medical students, residents and physicians newly in practice – to connect, explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery, and exchange their views with other health care providers and opinion leaders across the country.
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Jill A. Becher
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WellPoint, Inc.
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About Medstro
Medstro is the social network for physicians and medical students. We’ve created a private, comfortable and exclusive space for a community of peers to discuss a wide range of interests from research and academic work to charity, entrepreneurship and innovation. Unlike other social networks, on Medstro you’re part of a community of people who understand where you’re coming from and can really add to the conversation. You can meet mentors, find research projects to work on and even find moonlighting, consulting or full time jobs.
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MedTech Boston
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