The Seeker desires a system for monitoring the location and status of life-sustaining durable medical equipment (DME) during a prolonged power outage or disaster situation. This information would be used by a network of family and friends, formal caregivers, emergency responders and others responding to a disaster to better assist individuals who are dependent on DME. The current Challenge focuses on obtaining information about DME; however, this is part of a larger effort to ensure that these people get the necessary help as quickly as possible.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Many in-home patients require the daily use of a piece of electrically powered durable medical equipment (DME). During a disaster or other event that leads to a prolonged power outage, these patients often end up at shelters or emergency rooms looking for sources of power or alternate ways to manage their medical needs. We need a reliable system available to identify, locate, and assist these individuals in a timely fashion. Proposals should be detailed and implementable.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
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This Challenge is being held under the America COMPETES Authority where awards may only be awarded to individuals (participating singly or in a team) who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or private entities that are incorporated in and maintaining a primary place of business in the United States. Only U.S. entities, citizens, and permanent residents are eligible to win a prize for this Challenge. Please do not submit if you do not meet this requirement. If you have a question about eligibility, please read the Challenge Specific Agreement Eligibility Rules section or use your Project Room to ask a question.
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). Ideas will be evaluated by a panel of experts and judged by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The panel of advisers reviewing submissions will include leaders in public health, industry/design, device, venture, and government sectors.All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified about the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
About the Seeker:
ASPR leads HHS in preparing the nation to respond to and recover from adverse health effects of emergencies, supporting communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening health and response systems, and enhancing national health security. To learn more about ASPR and preparedness, response and recovery from the health impacts of disasters, visit the HHS public health and medical emergency website, www.phe.gov.
FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. To learn more about FEMA, go www.fema.gov.
An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.
In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:
Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.