Vizient Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Innovation Challenge



"As a champion for innovation in health care, we are pleased to host this event"

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vizient, Inc. today announced it is accepting applications from health care startup companies interested in competing in its sixth annual Innovation Challenge, which will take place October 3 as part of the 2018 Vizient Connections Summit to be held in Las Vegas. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, August 6, 2018.

The Innovation Challenge is an interactive competition that offers a unique opportunity for health care startup companies with innovative and compelling solutions in the virtual/remote care and communication/care coordination domains. The companies should be revenue producing but still in the early growth stage.

  • Virtual Care/Remote Monitoring – Digital Technology (telehealth, wearables, kiosks, chatbots, robots, etc.) that connects providers and patients to care and monitoring without being face-to-face.
  • Care Coordination/Communication – Digital Technology that connects provider-to-provider and provider-to-patient to coordinate and execute on the patient’s plan of care.

The competition will include two contestants each going head-to-head in the virtual/remote care and communication/care coordination domains respectively. Each contestant will deliver an eight-minute product pitch then participate in a five-minute question and answer session from an expert panel that includes an executive from two of Vizient’s member hospitals, a venture capitalist investor and the Chief Executive Officer of Vizient. A live audience made up of roughly 2,000 health care professionals attending the 2018 Vizient Fall Connections Summit vote for their favorite innovation during the head-to-head portion of the competition in each of the domains. The overall winner will be selected by a second live audience poll.

“As a champion for innovation in health care, we are pleased to host this event,” said Bharat Sundaram, president, analytics and advisory services for Vizient. “This gives us the opportunity to highlight some of the newest and most exciting solutions aimed at improving the quality and delivery of patient care.”

For more details about the competition and to access the application form, send an email to: or call 704-377-7114.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents approximately $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2018, Vizient again received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.


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