The National HealthTech Challenge 2018 (or the "Challenge") aims to bring together like-minded people from the public healthcare institutions and solution providers to solve real health-related challenges and provide "Better Health, Better Care, Better Lives" for Singaporeans. Participants will get to ideate, co-create and validate health IT solutions that could be eventually scaled for nationwide deployment in the future.
This year's Challenge focuses on the following three paradigm shifts by the Ministry of Health which will define the future direction of health and healthcare in Singapore, i.e., (1) Beyond Healthcare to Health; (2) Beyond Hospital to Community; and (3) Beyond Quality to Value.
Typical Procurement Processes involve a public healthcare institution inviting interested supplier(s) to bid according to the specified requirements. Awarded suppliers would be expected to fulfill the stated deliverables in a contract with the procuring public healthcare institution. In return, the awarded suppliers would be paid for the goods and/or services rendered.
This Challenge adopts a problem-driven approach where the intent is not to be prescriptive and participants are given the freedom - and are, indeed, encouraged - to come up with fresh ways of solving the problems and achieving the intended outcomes. The objective is for participating teams to seek out or provide new or innovative ideas, products or solutions which could be co-created with the industry and tested out via quick prototyping and POCs. This could be followed through to POVs and Scale-up. The Challenge pools funding from relevant agencies and organisations within the innovation and startup spaces to support the POC, POV and scaling-up stages of shortlisted proposals.
IHiS is the Organiser and the Supporting Partners include the various agencies and organisations reflected on the Challenge webpage.
Yes. However, we understand that Seekers could be facing other pain-points beyond the stated themes. Hence, we will accept problem statements beyond the three themes; in such instances, teams must make it explicit that they are departing from the stated themes, and must provide details of the current situation and pain-points faced.
The intention of the Challenge is to aggregate demand by consolidating problem statements, and thereafter coordinating the match-making of problems with solutions, so as to reduce any duplication of resources. Hence, there could be situations where problem statements are combined and/or prioritised. The Organiser will keep each Seeker team apprised of the outcomes of their problem statements.
In addition, for problem statements that are deemed solvable by commercially available off-the-shelf solutions, the Organiser will directly match-make the Seeker with the solution provider for follow-ups, instead of going through the Challenge process.
Each Seeker team may only submit one problem statement. However, should the Seeker team be keen to submit more than one problem statement, the Organiser will work with the team to prioritise and select only one to be published for this Challenge.
Yes. The problem statements published would have been shortlisted and prioritised by the Organiser, based on real user needs (i.e. actual challenges faced by Seeker teams). Solvers are encouraged to submit proposals in response to at least one of the problem statements provided and to indicate clearly in their response which area the proposal addresses, and how it will help the Seeker to achieve the intended healthcare outcomes. We are open to receiving other ideas with the potential to impact the healthcare sector, but will evaluate those that address the published problem statements first.
We do not restrict the number of submissions from an organisation, so you may consider forming multiple partnerships where deemed fit. Please highlight the organisation(s) that you will be partnering for the proposal and their area of contribution to the project. Further clarifications may be sought after proposals have been shortlisted.
The shortlisting and evaluation criteria for the various rounds are as follows:
Round 1: Problem Statement Submission
Round 2: Match-making and Building of Initial Concepts/Prototypes
Round 3: Semi-Finals Presentation and Judging
Round 4: Finals Voting and Awards Ceremony
The aim of this Challenge is to provide the opportunity for professionals from the healthcare sector and tech industry to work together and co-create solutions to address real-world problems. Winning teams will get to showcase their proposal/solution/concept at the National Health IT Summit 2018 attended by the Minister of Health and up to 600 prestigious guests from the healthcare sector. The teams will get to gather initial interest and demand from the Summit's participants.
The Organiser has worked out a pipeline of grant schemes with the supporting agencies, and winning teams will be channelled to appropriate funding pathways. After the Challenge, the Organiser will advise these teams on the relevant grant eligibility and application process, and work with them on their funding applications, which would be subject to the criteria and evaluation by the respective agencies.
All submissions to the Challenge remain the intellectual property of the Seeker(s) and/or Solver(s). Any potential intellectual property generated over the course of the Challenge will belong to the inventors, and any terms of ownership rights or licensing arrangements associated with the intellectual property shall be determined by and mutually agreed between the Seeker and Solver.
Upon the match-making/pairing of Seeker and Solver, the Seeker and Solver teams are to decide amongst themselves on the terms and conditions of collaboration and/or whether to enter into any non-disclosure statements with each other (where required). The Organiser may be involved or assist in the discussions between the Seeker and Solver in the appropriate circumstances as determined by the Organiser.