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The Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology brought together nearly 200 pre-registered individuals from across the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, CMU, area foundations, and the local health care start-up community for its 2nd Integrative Conference on Technology, Social Media, and Behavioral Health held in conjunction with the Katz Graduate School of Business on November 10-11.

The event commenced with the Final Round of our inaugural National Innovation Contest. Inspired by a Journal of the American Medical Association viewpoint article, our open innovation contest invited contestants from across the continental U.S. to submit solutions to solve the “inventor’s dilemma” by developing effective cost-lowering health care technologies.  Following a five minute pitch, a distinguished panel of judges that included Ilana Diamond, Diane Holder, Jay Katarincic, Larry Miller, Rasu Shrestha, and Jay Srini awarded Xogo: Access and Rehabilitation Through Technology (Bansen Labs, Pittsburgh, PA) the top Contest prize of $10,000. Other Finalists included Innovative Use of Technology: Early Mood Diagnosis (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA), Precision Health at Its Best (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC), PreventHIV Games (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine), and Tiba Health: A Wearable Digital Health Platform (Tiba Health, Durham, NC) who were each awarded $2,500. The following day, the contestants demoed their software products to meeting attendees at a networking reception, and lunched with the judges at a private lunch reception (click here for more information on our Finalists).

In addition to a variety of conference speakers from Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University, Conference keynote speakers included Drs. William T. Riley (NIH) who presented a talk entitled “Technology Transforming the Behavioral and Social Sciences into Data Rich Sciences, and Dr. Mitesh Patel (University of Pennsylvania) who presented his work in behavioral economics.  The event concluded Friday evening with the return of our popular Networking Reception and Smart Technology Demos that featured 18 inventive behavioral health applications and products.