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A national "center-without-walls" for rapid transformation of emerging point-of-care technologies into commercially viable, clinically focused solutions for improving primary healthcare.

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2016 Call for Proposals

The 2016 national call is for breakthrough, disruptive innovations that transform the quality, efficiency, and/or patient /provider experience in the clinic or in the home while reducing the cost of care.

The POCTRC in primary care is receptive to proposals from industry applicants with pre-commercial or commercially available devices that have not been optimized for primary care. The application must detail the limitations of the currently available systems relative to use in primary care and describe how the proposed approach overcomes these limitations.

Preference will be given to late stage development efforts where the innovation is likely to be introduced into clinical practice within 18-24 months.


Open to academic, engineering, research and development laboratories in the United States. Qualified small businesses may also apply. We encourage collaboration with investigators within the CIMIT consortium.

2016 Application Process

POCTRC Award applications are solicited and evaluated in two stages. Applicants may submit pre-proposals which will undergo review. A subset of the applicants who submitted pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals.

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Applications Are Now Open for the PMI Challenge for the Underserved. Define Solutions Using Tools and Tech and Win $25k in Cash Prizes. Pre-proposal Deadline November 21st

Applications Are Now Open for the PMI Challenge for the Underserved. Define Solutions Using Tools and Tech and Win $25k in Cash Prizes. Pre-proposal Deadline November 21st

A call for all innovators inspired to build digital health tools that connect underserved populations to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). Partners, rules, application and more at PMIChallenge.org

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Wednesday, November 4, 2016, The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) and its partners announce the official opening of a challenge with cash prizes for “Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools." Pre-proposal submissions are due November 21, 2016.

For more information, visit the PMIChallenge.org website for the application details.

This challenge is made possible through the collaboration of stakeholders from the public and private sector, including NHIT Collaborative, Partners Healthcare, TracFone, HIMSS and The National Human Genome Center at Howard University. Prizes totaling $25,000 will be funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT) at Massachusetts General Hospital is providing the Challenge application management infrastructure.

“Now more than ever there is understanding that engagement and inclusion of people from underserved communities and communities of color will be vital to the success of the PMI initiative.  The array of partners participating in this challenge is a testament to this,” said NHIT Collaborative CEO Luis Belen.  

The challenge is the first-of-its-kind initiative to inspire and fund entrepreneurs building digital health tools that:

  • Address the Precision Medicine needs of people in underserved and medically underserved communities
  • Facilitate participation of people from underserved and medically underserved communities to the Precision Medicine cohort
  • Promote the use of open health platforms to expand the breadth, depth and interoperability of digital health tools and associated data to support the Precision Medicine Initiative

In addition to prize money, entrepreneurs selected in the challenge will receive mentorship from challenge partners in their journey from envisioning to deploying and potentially commercializing these solutions.

“Partners Healthcare and other challenge partners are excited to collaborate with challenge entrepreneurs in areas such as use of standards and interoperability of solutions into the broader health and health IT ecosystem,” said Dr. Julian Goldman, who leads the MGH / Partners Medical Device Plug and Play Interoperability Program.

Challenge finalists will be announced at the Third Annual NHIT Collaborative Conference, “The Perfect Storm: Genomics, Precision Medicine, and Health IT Innovation Creating Opportunities in Underserved Communities,” December 11-14, in conjunction with the HIMSS Connected Health Conference, Washington, DC.  The final awards will be announced at the HIMSS Annual Conference February 20-23rd in Orlando.

National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved
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About NHIT Collaborative
Since 2008, NHIT Collaborative has focused on the elimination of health disparities and attainment of optimal health for multicultural underserved communities. NHIT Collaborative works in partnership with organizations and individuals to assure that members of these communities’ benefit fully from HIT advances.