The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced today that team Ringful is one of 3 winners of its $130,000 challenge for its Aligned Forces for Quality (AF4Q) program. The winners were unveiled at the 3rd national Health Data Initiative conference at the Washington Convention Center.
AF4Q is RWJF’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. In total, RWJF has committed $300 million to projects to improve the quality and equality of U.S. health care with AF4Q being the flagship program of the portfolio. It is the largest effort of its kind ever undertaken by a U.S. philanthropy.
The AF4Q Challenge launched on October 28, 2011 and asked competing developers to create applications that provide consumers access to comparative quality care metrics across the country. The Challenge saw a record number of entrants (55), and final 3 winners emerged after two phases of competition and real world pilots.
Team Ringful is a collaboration of Ringful Health (Dr. Michael Yuan), Consumer Reports (Dr. Doris Peter), Texas State University (Dr. Ju Long), and the Louise Batz Patient Safety Foundation (Ms. Laura Townsend). For this challenge, team Ringful developed and piloted an iPad solution to engage in-hospital patients to disseminate healthcare quality information, and to help patients engage clinician teams in the hospital. Team Ringful worked with AF4Q grantee, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, during pilot phase of the challenge.
According to team lead Dr. Yuan, the prototype application has already been used by hundreds of hospital patients during the pilot phase with very positive feedbacks. At least one large hospital has already agreed to deploy the solution to engage their surgical patients during their hospital stay.
“The solution we developed as part of this challenge not only disseminates information to patients, but also captures patient-reported healthcare quality information. The patients’ voice allows us to predict and address patient safety and healthcare quality issues early on. That is our key value proposition to healthcare providers.” said Yuan.