Humana Innovation Challenge Inspires Transformative Thinking

The goal was to inspire agile, innovative partners to explore solutions for Medicare members and those who care for them.

Humana's (a DiversityInc Noteworthy Company) recent Innovation Challenge engaged entrepreneurs, startups and students in helping solve health care and user-experience problems for the Medicare population.


The goal was to inspire agile, innovative partners to explore solutions for Medicare members and those who care for them, empowering them to take more action on health insights and trends. Each team sought a streamlined solution with appropriate logic and hierarchy that would help care providers (physicians, nurses, care managers, and other providers of care) efficiently make sense of data and needed interventions.

The finalists presented to a panel of judges made up of Humana and Silicon Valley leaders. The three winners were:

• MedMind, an idea for an artificial intelligence platform that increases well-being through personalized patient engagement and intuitive, predictive population health management. The concept — presented by Martin Shapiro, an MD / MBA candidate at the University of Southern California, and Deanna Lam, a B.A. Design, Media Arts student at UCLA — won the top prize of $10,000. MedMind would streamline the patient and family experience to improve wellness screenings, appointment attendance and chronic disease management through a frictionless mobile and voice platform.

• Vesalius, a mobile app that would help members make better health decisions by tracking their health records and displaying the quantitative information clearly and accurately while also framing the experience as a journey, with a timeline display of their events, landmarks, searches and profile settings. It was presented by user experience designer Azalia Medina and took home the second-place prize of $5,000.

• Lexigram, a startup based in Redwood City, California, uses natural language processing and machine learning to combine structured and unstructured data from health plans to enable value-based care. This idea, presented by Paul Alexander, CEO and co-founder, took home the third-place prize of $2,500. Lexigram would enable real-time, frictionless interactions to give all stakeholders a comprehensive overview of a patient and their care — the right care to the right patient, at the right time.

Some winning teams will be receiving further guidance and feedback from Humana subject matter experts to help them fine-tune their ideas and improve their prototypes.

Through events like the Innovation Challenge, Humana can provide industry expertise to help start-ups learn more about the Medicare Advantage business, understand the needs of the Medicare population, and to "pressure test" their solutions. By partnering with agile, innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs, Humana can see challenging problems in a fresh light, attract new talent, and gain access to new, breakthrough ideas.

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Humana Partners with Feeding America to Address Food Insecurity Among Veterans Across the Country

Initiatives will help secure food donations and raise awareness that 20 percent of the Feeding America households has at least one member who served in the U.S. military

Originally published by Humana Inc.

Humana Inc. is partnering with the non-profit Feeding America® to help end hunger, a problem that impacts one in eight Americans. By working collaboratively, the two organizations will focus on helping veterans, as research shows one in five of the households Feeding America serves has at least one member who has served in the U.S. military.

"Humana is committed to improving the health of communities across the country as part of our Bold Goal initiative, and a key component of that is addressing food insecurity as poor nutrition can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and fatigue in adults and can hinder a child's development," said Ed Sandrick, director of the Veterans Channel, Humana. "No one should suffer from food insecurity, especially the service men and women who risked their lives to protect our country. We are thrilled to work with Feeding America as it amplifies our ability to honor those who served and help individuals who do not have access to enough nutritionally- adequate foods to live an active, healthy life."

Leveraging Feeding America's network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, Humana will stage a series of events throughout the year that will drive food donations and elevate the issue of food insecurity, including:

  • Rolling Thunder XXXI: As the official corporate sponsor of the annual Rolling Thunder Run – which is the largest gathering of military retirees, veterans, active duty military and Vietnam Veterans – Humana will use its presence in Washington D.C. over Memorial Day Weekend to collect food and financial donations. For every $1 donated, Feeding America will be able to provide 10 meals* to people facing hunger.
  • VFW National Convention : Humana, through its ongoing partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and local Feeding America food banks in Kansas City (Harvesters: The Community Food Network and After the Harvest), will launch a collaborative campaign to fight food insecurity in the Greater Kansas City area. The goal of the campaign, which will culminate during the 119th VFW National Convention in Kansas City from July 21-25, 2018, is to provide 50,000 meals to local individuals in need, with a special focus on veterans, via community-wide initiatives.
  • Rock 'n Roll Marathons : Humana is conducting food and fund drives at company sponsored Rock 'n Roll Marathon Series events across the country, with upcoming runs in Chicago, Virginia Beach, Va., Savannah, Ga., and San Antonio, Texas. The proceeds raised in each market will be donated to food banks in each respective market.

In addition to these initiatives, Humana is partnering with Feeding America-affiliated food banks in each of the Bold Goal communities (Baton Rouge, Broward County, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, New Orleans, San Antonio and Tampa Bay) on efforts to improve the health and accessibility to food at the local level.

"At Feeding America, we know that one in five households that come to us for help has a member who has served our country," said Andy Wilson, Chief Development Officer, Feeding America. "We are grateful for our partners at Humana and look forward to working together to help ensure our military families not face the challenge of putting food on the table."

Humana and Feeding America are also working with physicians to help identify potential barriers and provide assistance to patients who are food insecure. Together, they developed an online toolkit to guide physicians in implementing food insecurity screenings and connect patients to available resources and interventions.