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Innovation Accelerator Program

The Innovation Accelerator Program is designed to support faculty and staff from across Penn Medicine in their efforts to develop, test, and implement new approaches to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.  

Winning teams receive:

  • Mentorship: Teams are matched with an Innovation Advisor and attend a series of workshops to learn high-impact methods for rapidly validating solutions
  • Funding:  Teams have access to up to $10,000 to test and develop their concepts in phase one
  • Recognition: At the end of each cycle, teams present to health system leadership for the opportunity to receive additional investment to take their ideas to scale

Learn more about our current class and past winners below, and subscribe to receive a notification when the next call for applications goes out.

Pitch Day 2018

Watch video from Pitch Day 2018.

2017 class

The 2017 Innovation Accelerator class is co-sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, supporting their priority of enabling high-value care delivery models.  

Supporting Older Adults at Risk (SOAR)

Traditionally, older hospitalized adults are discharged when medically stable and once post-discharge care is organized. This approach causes patients to stay in the hospital beyond what is medically necessary waiting for services to be arranged. This delay compromises patient safety and overall health status and leads to increased hospital cost. The SOAR project aims to test a transitional care model with strong prior evidence of improved outcomes that “flips” assessment of post-discharge needs to the home setting, moving patients to home sooner with care and support that keeps them safe upon earlier discharge. 

Team lead: Rebecca Trotta, PhD, RN, Director of Nursing Research and Science

Penn Medicine Virtual Care

Studies have shown that telemedicine video visits can increase provider capacity, improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs. However, the state of Pennsylvania does not have telemedicine parity reimbursement law. The Penn Medicine Virtual Care project aims to test a self-pay concierge service model for telemedicine video visits in partnership with Independence Blue Cross. The goal is to prove that evaluation and management services can be completed through video visits for the right clinical use cases while enhancing access and establishing a solid business model. 

Team lead: Janice Hillman, MD, PENNCare Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Penn Medicine at Radnor 

Advanced Heart Care at Home

Heart failure (HF) is projected to affect more than 8 million people from 2012 to 2030. The costs associated with HF are approximately $30.7 billion annually, a large proportion of which is accumulated as patients approach the end of life. The care of HF patients during end of life is suboptimal in comparison to other populations, and there are high rates of hospitalization. Inadequate and lack of timely symptom management results in emergency department (ED) visits and readmissions. The Advanced Heart Care at Home team is developing a heart failure program to improve symptom management for advanced heart failure patients, facilitate teamwork among palliative care and cardiology providers, and increase more timely referrals to hospice.

Team leads: Nina O'Connor, MD, Chief of Hospice and Palliative Care, Penn Medicine and Esther Pak, MD, Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. and hospitalizations for COPD exacerbations are associated with high morbidity and significant short-term mortality. Nationally, inpatient treatment for COPD exacerbations accounts for approximately 13 billion dollars in direct costs. Approximately 20% of patients admitted to the hospital with COPD are readmitted within 30 days, and it’s estimated that 10-50% of readmissions may be preventable. The BreatheBetterTogether team is working to develop a multidisciplinary cost-effective transitional care program for COPD patients. The program will include evidence-based interventions targeting high-risk hospitalized patients who are discharged to home.  

Team lead: Vivek Ahya, MD, Vice Chief, Clinical Affairs, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Division; Associate Professor of Medicine

2016 class

Watch video from Pitch Day.

  • Live Better, reducing readmissions in cirrhotic and post liver transplant patients
  • Calorimeter, improving nutrition monitoring for critically ill patients                                                
  • IDTS, increasing the identification and monitoring of OPAT patients
  • The Mobility Project, reducing functional decline and loss of mobility for hospitalized patients
  • TargetPath, implementing an evidence-based guideline for management of hyperglycemic emergencies
  • Penn Medicine Experience, integrative therapies to reduce anxiety and pain
  • ICU Care Coordination Platform, a silent checklist to improve ICU care
  • Penn Trials, a platform for the management and dissemination of basic clinical trials
  • Card Consults, piloting a call line for cardiology consult requests

2015 class

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  • HiRPM, enhanced lab monitoring for high-risk patients
  • Our Care Wishes, an online platform to facilitate advance care planning
  • Eyes On-Site, Transforming retinal screening for diabetic patients 
  • ERAP, engaged recovery at Penn Medicine
  • Pre-Op Plus, reimagining the preoperative anesthesia evaluation process
  • The BRIDGE Project, increasing show rates at post-discharge follow-up appointments
  • PEACE, a new model for pregnancy loss
  • Superutilization Management, shifting health care utilization for patients with complex needs

2014 class

  • Telegenetics, increasing access to genetic counseling for remote cancer patients
  • TIPS-Connecttesting connected health solutions for depression in prenatal and postpartum care
  • Heart Safe Motherhood, engaging patients in text-based remote monitoring
  • Pennsieve, an automated, cloud-based system for interpreting long-term electroencephalogram data

2013 class

  • IMPaCT, establishing a sustainable and exportable business model for an evidence-based CHW model for care
  • ARRTE, monitoring follow-up on radiologic findings using an informatics application
  • Teledermatologyincreasing access to improve patient outcomes
  • Teqqa, generating real-time antibiograms to limit antimicrobial resistance
  • Care Management for VAD patientsexploring how self-testing can improve patient outcomes

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