Impact Pediatric Health | Innovation Pain Points for Pediatric Hospitals
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Innovation Pain Points for Pediatric Hospitals

We’re looking for amazing innovations in the categories below. The pediatric collaboration at SXSW Interactive serves to identify and showcase new technologies, advocate and raise awareness for pediatric innovation, and further build an elite leadership nucleus for future opportunities.

The purpose of the event is to recognize and provide exposure, counsel, and potential financial support (from prizes or hospital product evaluation) to accelerate the concept to clinical use and patient impact.

The event also serves to encourage collaboration amongst leading pediatric healthcare organizations, financing vehicles, foundations, industry, and innovators, fostering an environment where good ideas are developed and made accessible, significantly impacting the lives of children across the country.

As a result of this collaboration, our desired outcome is that leading institutions will advocate for and enable innovation in the pediatric space, helping providers, payers, patients, and families effectively tackle some of the greatest challenges in pediatric healthcare.

Health and Wellness

Patient Safety

Healthcare organizations are focused on keeping their patients safe, preventing readmissions, and reducing hospital acquired infections.

We’re Seeking: Innovative solutions that leverage EHR/patient data to increasesafety, identify risk factors, and prevent unintended injuries.

Population Health & Management

Population management systematically addresses the preventive and chronic care needs of every patient while focusing on high-risk patients who generate the majority of health costs. Leveraging the latest technological solutions is the only way to feasibly implement and sustain population management efforts.

We’re Seeking: Solutions that manage complex and chronic patients systemically to ensure the right care is delivered at the right place and at the right time.


Costs associated with prematurity exceed $30 billion annually. Prematurity, which effects approximately 1 in 9 US births, can cause long-term health problems throughout ones life. This can have long-lasting financial effects and can affect a person’s education and ability to work.

We’re Seeking: Innovations that help prevent preterm birth or solve some of the unique challenges of premature babies.

Remote Care

Remote patient monitoring uses digital technologies to collect medical and other forms of health data from individuals in one location and electronically transmit that information securely to health care providers in a different location for assessment and recommendations.

We’re Seeking: Virtual and remote care solutions that take into account the unique needs of pediatric patients and caregivers. 

Hospital-to-Home Transitions

When transitioning from a clinical environment to the home, patients and care providers face a number of challenges including adherence.

We’re Seeking: Innovative ways to improve the hospital-to-home transition with an emphasis on the full continuum of care. 

Precision Medicine


With the vast trove of data about human DNA generated by the Human Genome Project and other genomic research, scientists and clinicians have more powerful tools to study the role that multiple genetic factors acting together and with the environment play in much more complex diseases. These diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease constitute the majority of health problems in the United States.

Genome-based research is already enabling medical researchers to develop improved diagnostics, more effective therapeutic strategies, evidence-based approaches for demonstrating clinical efficacy, and better decision-making tools for patients and providers. Ultimately, it appears inevitable that treatments will be tailored to a patient’s particular genomic makeup. Thus, the role of genetics in health care is starting to change profoundly and the first examples of the era of genomic medicine are upon us. (Source:

We’re Seeking: Effective techniques that operationalize genomic medicine for pediatric patients.

Med Tech

Robotics / Minimally Invasive Surgery

Due to the size and nature of pediatric patients, challenges such as space, delicate tissue, and delicate systems present significant opportunities for robotic and surgical innovation. The challenges in minimally invasive pediatric and fetal surgery require new tools that feature novel ways to articulate or apply tension. Tools that solve pediatric problems often have secondary markets in the adult and elderly population.

We’re Seeking: Minimally invasive tools to navigate small and delicate spaces.

3D Printing

Personalized medicine is nearly a reality. Systems and equipment that can make tangible CT and MRI scans for pre-surgical planning and even implantables will allow growing pediatric patients access to equipment specific to their unique needs regardless of age or anatomical individuality. With 3D printers becoming cheaper, their applicability can spark innovation around use cases such as orthopedics, prosthetics, and cardiology.

We’re Seeking: Innovative companies that have sustainable business plans for personalized, 3D printed technologies.

Other Areas of Interest

Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning and personality enhancements to decision support offer a patient access to an always-available resource. Challenges exist such as which processes stand out and how these tools encourage engagement among patients and parents. Incorporating data collection to entertaining avatars offer engaged data streams that can be multidirectional in nature between the software and the user.

We’re Seeking: Learning and decision support software platforms that offer clinicians the opportunity to enhance patient engagement.