TRAILS Competition

Traction and Implementation Lead to Solutions

The TRAILS Competition has been designed to provide promising startups access to real world testing and application within the health care system to gain working knowledge of how the system works. Through this experience, startups can iterate on their solution to make it a lean, high value product.

Spring 2019 TRAILS Competition

This spring, Cambia Grove welcomes Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital to the TRAILS Competition.  All three partners are top ranking children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and are renowned for their innovative approaches to treatment and patient engagement.  

CHLA, OHSU DCH, SCH

Our spring competition seeks to find startups interested in improving the experiences of children and their families during times of urgent medical needs. Specifically, this competition seeks solutions that accomplish two objectives:

  • Establish and maintain relationships and open lines of communication between patients and their providers.
  • Improve communication between primary care and specialist providers.

PROBLEM STATEMENT: 

Patients and their providers are not able to communicate consistently and effectively, especially during transitions between primary care and specialist providers.

Prize:

One person from the winning company will be embedded in each hospital participating in informational interviews and job shadowing activities for five consecutive days. Up to $4,000.00 for travel expenses will be provided.

Application Process:

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Eligibility

  • Startup Eligibility:
    • Investable company or organization
  • Product Eligibility:
    • Solution relevant to the U.S. health care market. Product should be at least a minimum viable product and/or a prototype in it’s development
  • Winning company representative visiting hospitals must complete:
    • Certificate of Health Screening:
      • Immunity verification for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Tdap,
      • Immunity verification for Hepatitis B if required for job,
      • Tuberculosis screen demonstrating no active disease, if required by job location,
      • Other, such as Respirator clearance/fit test, as applicable (list): 
        • Complete Background Check,
        • Sign HIPAA disclosure

Judging Criteria

  • Impact of product on patient and provider relationships
    • Improves the patient and family experience
    • Improves the health of the patients because of better communication
    • Improves quality within the hospital
    • Improves operational efficiency within the hospital 
    • Improves access between patient and provider
    • Significant quantity of patients or providers impacted
    • Improves provider and staff satisfaction
  • Impact of product to facilitate communication between primary care and specialist providers  
    • Improves operational efficiency between providers
    • Improves the patient and family experience
    • Improves the health of the patients because of better communication
    • Improves provider and staff satisfaction
  • Product has a strong competitive advantage
    • Product is better than existing alternatives 
    • Product is faster than existing alternatives 
    • Product is cheaper than existing alternatives

Terms and Conditions

1.    Startup and product must be eligible to participate.
2.    Applications will not be accepted after the deadlines posted.
3.    All finalists must be present for pitch event on May 22, 2019 at Cambia Grove. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed for this event.
4.    Winning team will be announced at the end of the pitch event on May 22, 2019.
5.    The winning team will be expected to visit each hospital for five consecutive mutually agreed upon days.
6.    Winning team will participate in promotional activities regarding the TRAILS Competition.
7.    Hospital engagements must be completed within 4 months of May 22, 2019.

 

FAQs

What is the prize?  One person from the winning company will be embedded in each hospital participating in interview and job shadowing activities for five consecutive days. Airfare for one person (not to exceed $1,000.00 combined total) and up to five nights hotel accommodations near each hospital, not to exceed $1,000.00 per location, are included.

How can this experience help you?  Through this experience, startups can iterate on their solution to make it a lean, high value product. 

What types of companies can apply?  Any investable company or organization

What about confidentiality?  Products and startups may be used in materials promoting the Cambia Grove TRAILS Competition. Finalists will pitch in front of a live audience. Winners may request a nondisclosure agreement with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

What about my intellectual property?  There is no exchange of IP to participate in this competition.

What about equity?  there is no exchange of equity involved with this competition. 

Can my startup submit more than one product?  Yes

Can I apply if I’ve received funding already?  Yes

Who covers my travel expenses for the competition or time at the hospitals if I win?  Contestants pay for all travel expenses. Winner receives airfare for one person (up to $1,000 combined total) and hotel accommodations for up to five nights (not to exceed $1,000 per location) near the hospitals if applicable. Winner must provide receipts prior to reimbursement from Cambia Grove.

Does participating in this competition open doors to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Seattle Children’s Hospital or OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital?   Visiting with the hospitals in this capacity does not imply that your company will have an audience with hospital leadership or have an endorsement from the hospitals.

Will I have access to EHR records?  Raw data will not be available for the company’s direct use or for commercial purposes.

Will I have access to patients?  Hospitals will work with the winner to determine the best data to meet the company’s needs. If patient access is necessary, hospitals will work with them to identify the safest and most appropriate way to recruit patients and work with patients to generate evidence.

2018 Spring TRAILS Competition

Read more about the inaugural TRAILS completion and the first awardee, Litesprite

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All five of the finalists totally nailed some of the issues in health care. And the use of tech to solve some of them is going to completely transform the way health services are delivered. Very very difficult. They are all just remarkable ideas, energy and commitment to improve things.

Dorothy Teeter
Health Management Associates, Principal