2023 Big Ideas winners announced

BIG IDEAS winners announced

From among 19 applications and 12 finalists, six winners have been selected for the 2023-2024 Big Ideas Competition award! Each of the six winning teams will be awarded a grant of $50,000 in research funds. 

Among the winning teams are seven faculty from the Institute for Informatics, Data Science and Biostatistics (I2DB) including Jing Li, Thomas Kannampallil, Mackenzie Hofford, Sunny Lou, Adam Wilcox, Randi Foraker and Albert Lai.

2023 – 2024 Big Ideas awarded teams

PI / project lead in bold

  • Healthy Link: Integrating Food as Medicine into Inpatient Discharge Process
    • Jing Li, MD, MS, DrPH, Kara Hughes, MPH, CHES, Doneisha Bohannon, MPH, Robert Hackleman, MSW, LCSW
  • Cancer Hospital Care – Facilitating Access through a Safe Test (FAST) of Stability “Cancer FAST Stability Project”
    • Patricia Litkowski, MD, Mark V. Williams, MD, Ramaswamy Govindan, MD, Steven Morris, MBA, BSN, RN, Chenyang Lu, PhD, Bing Xue, MS, Thomas Kannampallil, PhD, Mackenzie Hofford, MD
  • Assessing the Impact of EHR-based Workload on Nurse Turnover
    • Thomas Kannampallil, PhD, Bruce Hall, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, Terry Bryant, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Amy Hunter, MS, BSN, RN, Sunny Lou, MD, PhD
  • Digital Colonoscopy Preparation Navigator
    • Juan P. Reyes Genere, MD, Jean Wang, MD, PhD, Reza Haider, MD, MBA, Vladimir Lamm, MD, Penny Bopp, RN, Emeka Anyanwu, MD, MSc, Ben Rogers, MD, Ronda Soest, RN, MBA Felix Martinson, MBA
  • Using Biomedical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence to Support the Early Diagnosis of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy
    • Jacob Greenberg, MD, MSCI, Chenyang Lu, PhD, Adam Wilcox, PhD, FACMI, Christopher Carpenter, MD, MS, Bruce Hall, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, FAMIA, Richard Griffey, MD, MPH, Wilson Ray, MD Brian Neuman, MD
  • NLP in BPAs
    • Philip Asaro, MD, Albert Lai, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA, Kevin Heard, MS, ACHIP, Aaron Papp, BS

Sponsored by the Healthcare Innovation Lab (the Lab) and Washington University Institute for Informatics, Data Science and Biostatistics, the Big Ideas Competition was created to identify and support high-priority, novel projects from collaborative clinical, operational and research teams that are developing innovations in informatics and health care delivery. The competition was judged by leadership of BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine.

Thomas Maddox, PhD, Vice President of Digital Products and Innovation (the Lab), and Philip Payne, PhD, Director of I2DB, would like to thank Drs. Hilary Babcock, Sunny Lou, and Chet Hammill for their assistance in reviewing the finalists’ applications.  

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