August 3, 2015 | Press Release

Hamilton, NJ, August 3, 2015 – Today, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) announced the winners of the Super-Utilizer Health Innovation Challenge, a first-of-its-kind competition made possible by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit through its funding of the Innovations in Complex Care program. In April 2015, CHCS launched the challenge calling on digital entrepreneurs and developers to design health technology to improve care and outcomes for high-need, high-cost, low-income patients — who commonly have multiple medical, behavioral health, and social needs.

The winning innovators, listed below, were chosen by a panel of national experts from 29 submissions:

  • First place ($25,000):  AdhereTech’s smart pill bottles use wireless sensor technology to guide improved medication adherence. The simple pill bottle design reminds an individual when to take their medications, contacts the patient via text message or phone call if dosages are missed, and shares real-time medication usage data with clinicians. As first-place winner, AdhereTech will potentially have the opportunity to meet with Kaiser Permanente, the Association of Community Affiliated Plans, and the Alliance of Community Health Plans to discuss prospective piloting opportunities.
  • Second place ($15,000):  A-CHESS is a relapse prevention app that provides individuals with recovery support tools, including linkages to others in recovery, tailored resources that promote sobriety, and predictive analytics that alerts providers when individuals are at risk of relapse.
  • Third place ($10,000):  Wellth is a mobile app that encourages behavior change among patients by providing them with financial incentives that reward healthy behavior.

These and other developers created and submitted working software applications that address one or more of the issues faced by super-utilizers. The entries ranged from wearable technology to patient-facing mobile apps and provider-oriented web-based solutions.

“The tools and approaches showcased in this challenge offer novel strategies for improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs for patients with complex needs,” said Rachel Davis, senior program officer and Digital Health Initiative lead at CHCS. “We congratulate the developers for creatively addressing the needs of this population through digital health tools.”

The Super-Utilizer Health Innovation Challenge is the first of three CHCS-hosted developer challenges created to spark innovation for digital health technology for low-income individuals with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs. Despite the recent growth of digital health tools built to assist with care management and health tracking, few — if any — have been optimized for these individuals.

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About the Center for Health Care Strategies

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center committed to improving health care quality for low-income Americans. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and consumer groups to develop innovative programs that better serve people with complex and high-cost health care needs. Its program priorities are: enhancing access to coverage and services; advancing delivery system reform; and integrating services for people with complex needs. Learn more at


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