By ELIZABETH BROWN

On November 19th, six teams competed in two virtual pitch events for the finals of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovation Challenges, one for Emergency Response for the General Public and the other for Emergency Response for the Health Care System.

The teams – binformed | covidata, CovidSMS, and Fresh EBT by Propel for the General Public Challenge and Path Check, Qventus, and Tiatros, Inc., for the Health Care System Challenge – presented in front of expert judging panels, who evaluated the entries on impact, UX/UI, innovation/creativity, scalability and strength of presentation. (You can see the demos for all teams on yesterday’s post here)

binformed | covidata and CovidSMS tied for first place in the RWJF Emergency Response for the General Public Challenge and were each awarded $17,500.

Meanwhile, Qventus was declared the winner of the RWJF Emergency Response for the Health Care System Innovation Challenge and received $25,000.After they had a chance to catch their breath and enjoy their wins, Catalyst caught back up with the three winning teams – hear the winners’ reflections below:

binformed | covidata – RWJF Emergency Response for the General Public Innovation Challenge Winner’s Interview

CovidSMS – RWJF Emergency Response for the General Public Innovation Challenge Winner’s Interview

Qventus – RWJF Emergency Response for the Health Care System Innovation Challenge Winner’s Interview

Elizabeth Brown is a Program Manager at Catalyst @ Health 2.0

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