Seattle Health Innovator of the Year 2016: Nominations Open Oct 7- Nov 14

The Seattle Health Innovator of the Year Awards are intended to recognize and encourage individuals who engage in the hard work of driving progress in health and health care.  We recognize that progress comes from both innovative ideas and exceptional execution by individuals. These awards are for our colleagues whose efforts we respect and whose examples we want to see more of. We want to encourage innovation in healthcare delivery, life sciences, population health, and new ways of financing health services. This award is suitable for team members, founders, development partners, advisors, customers, and others who are working for innovative change and who made a difference in 2016.

Click here for the Nomination Form. Please let our panel of judges know how your nominees meet the evaluation criteria for any category for which they are nominated.

Awards will be made in each of the following categories:

Imagination- This category is to recognize individual achievement in conceiving new ways of solving problems in the health sector via new methods, ideas, products, services, or business models.  Evaluation criteria:

  • Originality of the innovations conceived (ie, new concept or incremental variation)
  • Value of the innovations (market need, better than existing)
  • Impact of the innovations (measurable cost savings, quality, improved experience)
  • Scale of the innovations (how widely applicable?)

 Perseverance- This category is to recognize individual achievement in demonstrating tenacity over time in the face of adversity and in transforming health innovation challenges into opportunities.  Evaluation criteria:

  • Persistence in pushing for progress in health and healthcare over many years
  • Overcoming resistance- internally and externally
  • Overcoming setbacks-  financial, team, technical, regulatory
  • Learning from experience and transforming adversity into opportunity

 Customer-focus- This category is to recognize an individual member of an innovation team who maintains focus on the customer and builds deep, long-term relationships by better understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling stated and latent customer needs.  Evaluation criteria:

  • Earned deep empathy with the complex realities of customers’ lives
  • Developed authentic personal relationships with patients, clinicians, health administrators, researchers, and others who form the customer-base for the health innovation
  • Habitually focused on the real needs of the customer rather than with what’s fashionable
  • Demonstrated prophetic insights into latent and emerging customer needs

External collaboration-  This category is to recognize an individual who has put aside organizational boundaries and has established effective relationships with innovators in other companies. Evaluation criteria:

  • Eagerness towards working with allies across organizations
  • Skilled at building consensus and managing constructive conflict
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex organizations in order to achieve progress
  • Willingness to accept personal and organizational risks accruing from collaborative efforts



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