Intelligent Medical Objects Congratulates Winners of the AMIA PitchIT! Competition

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Five finalists presented their innovative healthcare solutions in San Francisco, CA

Intelligent Medical Objects Congratulates Winners of the AMIA PitchIT! Competition

Intelligent Medical Objects Inc. (IMO), a market leader in medical terminology services for healthcare IT serving more than 4,500 hospitals, congratulates the winners of the AMIA PitchIT Competition with LOF, LLC at the 2018 AMIA Symposium in San Francisco, California on November 05, 2018. IMO is a co-sponsor of the program.

AMIA’s Informatics Partnership Council (IPC) launched the medical informatics innovation challenge in 2017 to accelerate the application of innovative, standards-based terminology solutions to problems in healthcare. Over 100 teams applied to the competition this year, with online entries to for a chance to pitch innovative concepts that use medical and biomedical informatics to improve clinical outcomes, drive down the cost of care, and improve the healthcare experience for patients, care providers, medical professionals, and institutions.


The top five applicants were selected as finalists to compete before a panel of judges at the AMIA Annual Symposium for up to $25,000 in grants from LOF, LLC. and review for entry in the MedStartr Acceleration Program which provides up to $250,000 in investment and services to each accepted team. The finalists gave a five-minute pitch to the judging panel, followed by a nine-minute question and answer period.

The five finalists were:

Uppstroms: Machine-learning app for electronic health records

BeCareLink: Improving Care of MS Patients with enabling technology

Ardha: Hospital Care Coordination Application

THERA: Taking therapy to a new world.

SyncHealth Inc: Patient-to-clinician home BP and medication monitoring

The panel of expert industry judges included:  

Frank Naeymi-Rad, Ph.D., Chairman and Co-Founder, Intelligent Medical Objects

Darren Dworkin, CIO, Cedars Sinai Health System

Parag Gupta, VP, Warburg Pincus

William Hersch, MD, Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology OHSU

Michael B. Kaufman, Founder and Managing Partner, KBT Partners

Barbara Rapchak, VP Academic Innovation, Intelligent Medical Objects

Charles Safran, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dan Watanapongse, President and CFO, Intelligent Medical Objects

Emcee: Alex Fair, Managing Director, MedStartr Ventures

The panel of expert industry judges for AMIA Pitch IT Competition

The judges selected three winning pitches from the five finalists, each receiving grants in order of placement for $12,500, $7,500 and $5,000 to be used to further develop a prototype or proof of their concept for the selected innovation.

This year's winner was Uppstroms, a machine learning app for electronic health records.

Click on each of the top three finalists to learn more about their innovative healthcare solution.  

#1 Uppstroms: machine-learning app for electronic health records

#2 BeCareLink Multiple Sclerosis: Improving Care of MS Patients with enabling technology

#3 Ardha: Hospital Care Coordination Application

Top three winning pitches.

From left to right: Third Place, Cameron Escovedo and Andrew Park of Ardha; Second Place, Alan Gilbert of BeCareLink; First Place, Shaun Grannis and Joshua Vest of Uppstroms.

IMO would like to thank all the participants for their innovative ideas that continue to advance medical informatics and better patient care. Congratulations to the top three winners of the 2018 AMIA PitchIT Competition. We look forward to attending AMIA 2019 from November 16-20, 2019 in Washington, D.C. for the 2019 Pitch IT Competition.

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