Teaming up to design the future of care coordination for caregivers of elderly with dementia at home

The Problem: Caregivers of those with dementia are tasked with conducing a diverse range of activities to support loved ones. They need technology tools to support them in caring for their loved ones in innovative ways.
The Challenge: To design and pitch technology-based solutions that have the potential to lighten the burden that falls on family caregivers, particularly by helping them to coordinate the demanding tasks and the complex networks of relationships involved with caring for others.
The Advantage: This inaugural NCHICA event will connect you with other innovators and industry veterans in the Triangle, NC area. Food and awards totaling $4,500 to the top designs will be provided. Tickets are just $10 for students and $90 for industry professionals. Sign-up today as space is limited


Multidisciplinary teams will design and pitch a viable and realistic solution that enhances the care of elderly at home with dementia in NC and improves the quality of life for their caregivers.

The winning team will walk away with a $3,000 prize!

You needn't have a team when you arrive.  We'll connect team members with ideas on April 11!


March 1 – April 10    

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Saturday April 11 Day 1    

8:00 am 
arrive at Quintiles ground/lobby level to complete registration

9:00 – 10:30 am
review the challenge, market and innovations

10:30 – 12:00 pm

generate ideas, develop pre-pitch, work with mentors, eat lunch

12:00 – 1:00 pm
pitch idea, form teams and build solution

1:00 – 8:00 pm
work in formed teams to develop idea into business case, wireframe, prototype, demo, etc.

6:00 – 8:00 pm
evening meet-up and dinner with foodtrucks

Sunday April 12
Day 2


8:00 am 
arrive at Quintiles and eat breakfast

8:00 – 1:00 pm
work in formed teams to continue development and eat lunch

1:00 – 3:00 pm
wrap-up development work and private team pitch to mentors

3:00 pm

turn-in pitches

3:00 – 5:00 pm
team pitches to panel of expert judges

5:00 pm
winners announced, next steps reviewed and challenge ends


April 11 9am Lightning Talks

Speaker Organization Topic
Susan Adams CareGiving Technologies Technology for Aging
Karen Appert Caregiver of parent with Dementia for 17 years Challenges caregivers face and community supports
David Potenziani IntraHealth Scalable grass-roots open source health communication systems
Connie Bishop Piedmont Health Services, Inc.  Caregiver strategies

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All students of North Carolina Universities and those with an expertise in aging or caregiving are invited to participate.  Those with a valid active student ID from a North Carolina University may register for the student rate.  Others must register for the non-student rate.


Teams will follow all rules as outlined on the teaming website.  Teams will design and pitch technology based solutions that fit into one of six future mechanisms of coordination and improve the quality of life for caregivers of elderly with dementia at home.  All final pitches must be performed live using multimedia in front of the panel of judges at Quintiles on April 12 from 3pm to 5pm.  Teams must form after March 1 and create and pitch a new solution as a team.


Judging Criteria

eHealth Transformation Challenge - Judging Score Card


Potential to improve quality of life in caregivers of elderly with dementia at home

0 – 10 points


Utilization of at least one of the six futuristic mechanisms of care coordination

0 – 10 points


Level of participation from multi-disciplinary problem solving team.

0 – 10 points


Viable business strategy in the marketplace

0 – 10 points


Innovative solution that is truly unique

0 – 10 points



0 – 50 points



How to enter

Register for the event here.  Student registration is $10 and non-student registration is $90.  This includes meals and snacks throughout the two day event.   

Thanks to our sponsors




Sponsor Information


About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 22,000 people, and had revenue of $5.48 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2014. In 2014, Booz Allen celebrated its 100th anniversary year. To learn more, visit (NYSE: BAH) 


About Carol Woods

Situated on 120 wooded acres in Chapel Hill, Carol Woods is an accredited not-for-profit continuing care retirement community. It is an inclusive community that promotes an active lifestyle supported by the area’s educational, cultural and medical resources. A commitment to well-being and preventative care enables the 485 residents to pursue activities that support a sense of individual fulfillment and purpose.

Carol Woods was founded in 1979 by a group of local residents wanting to retire to Chapel Hill. It is governed by a local, all-volunteer board of directors entrusted with ultimate fiduciary responsibility. For further information, visit


About Duke MMCi

Duke University’s Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi) program prepares graduates to work at the intersection of business, technology and health care.  The multi-discipline curriculum integrates business and clinical informatics principles equipping students to address the challenges of cost and quality in health care.  The program is designed for working professionals with classes that meet every other weekend.  Join the discussion with clinicians, technologist, researchers, business, and policy professionals in this dynamic program.  Applications being accepted for August start. For more information, visit:


About Himformatics
Himformatics harnesses IT and business expertise to help clients deliver healthcare in a way that makes a difference. From strategy to implementation, our select team of consultants specializes in getting the most value from IT to improve clinical processes and financial performance, and ensure regulatory compliance. Our expertise spans a range of comprehensive and specialized services for healthcare organizations big and small. We draw on our decades of experience to earn a place as a trusted adviser to your business, and we thrive on delivering exceptional service and results. For further information, visit



The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to assisting NCHICA members in accelerating the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system through the effective use of information technology, informatics and analytics. Members include leading organizations in healthcare, research and information technology. For more information, visit


About Quintiles
Quintiles (NYSE: Q), a Fortune 500 company, is the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services. With a network of more than 32,000 employees conducting business in approximately 100 countries, we helped develop or commercialize all of 2013’s top-100 best-selling drugs on the market. Quintiles applies the breadth and depth of our service offerings along with extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise to help our customers navigate an increasingly complex healthcare environment as they seek to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of better healthcare outcomes. To learn more about Quintiles, please visit


About Validic  

Validic is the healthcare industry's leading cloud-based, digital health platform for convenient and quick access to patient data from in-home clinical devices, wearables and patient healthcare applications. By connecting its growing base of customers — that includes providers, pharmaceutical companies, payers, wellness companies and health IT vendors — to the continuously expanding list of digital health technologies, Validic enables healthcare companies to better coordinate care across their communities, improve their patient engagement strategies and more efficiently manage their patient populations. Validic's innovative, scalable and FDA Class I MDDS technology delivers actionable, standardized and HIPAA-compliant consumer health data from the best in-class mobile health devices and applications. Validic was recently recognized by Gartner and received Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices and Best Value in Healthcare Information Interoperability award. Validic's leading global mobile health ecosystem reaches over 100 million lives and continues to grow daily. To learn more about Validic, follow Validic on Twitter at @validic or visit



RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute) develops and deploys advanced technologies to enable research discoveries and practical innovations. RENCI partners with researchers, government, and industry to engage and solve the problems that affect North Carolina, our nation, and the world. An institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RENCI was launched in 2004 as a collaboration involving UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. For further information, visit




Nicole Bruno

Nicole Bruno
Executive Director & Co-Founder Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center

Billy Willis

Billy Willis
Chief Technology Officer at Duke University Health System

Patricia E. Sprigg

Patricia E. Sprigg
Carol Woods Retirement Community

Paul Branson

Paul Branson
Technical Account Strategist at Microsoft

David Coman

David Coman
Sr. VP, Health Engagement & Communications at Quintiles

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Jeremy Shih
Booz Allen Hamilton

Brent Fagg

Brent Fagg

Judging Criteria

  • Working Prototype
    An operational example of how the solution works.
  • Potential to help caregivers
    Potential to improve quality of life in caregivers of elderly with dementia in their homes
  • Business Plan
    How much will the product cost. Who will pay for it? What is the plan for developing and scaling the final product? how will first prize help you continue the effort?
  • Innovation
    Innovative solution that is truly unique
  • Use of futuristic mechanisms of coordination
    Utilization of at least one of the six futuristic mechanisms of care coordination envisioned by the Institute for the Future. 1. Human Task Routing 2. Do-ocracies 3. Socialbot Swarms 4. Matter Routing 5. Here-sourcing 6. Autonomous Algorithms