The goal of this year’s contest was to propose a technology-based solution to address pandemics, mental health, or social determinants of health (SDOH).
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) announced at its annual online meeting that the University of Southern California (USC) has won the organization’s fourth annual Health Quality Quality Innovation Challenge (HQIC). HQIC is a national collegiate competition in which student teams present technological solutions to improve the quality of health.
“PQA congratulates the University of Southern California for this incredible success,” Pica CEO Micah Cost said in a press release. “The Health Innovation Quality Innovation Challenge provides visibility and recognition for excellence in multidisciplinary approaches and technology-based solutions to improve care. Innovation will continue to inspire the future for the optimized use of medicines and the improvement of patient care, and PQA is grateful to all schools for their participation in this year’s challenge ”.
The goal of this year’s contest was to propose a technology-based solution to address pandemics, mental health, or social determinants of health (SDOH). The competition included teams from U.S. colleges and different disciplines, including pharmacies, epidemiology, business administration, and public health.
USC winning team Lesley Chan, Avantika Pathak, Grace Singson and Zade Hikmat presented “Care Collaborative Information Technology Prescriptions (CCITRx),” a software tool for drug-focused pharmacies. and opportunities for intervention against SDOH. The software combines patient SDOH testing, baseline information, and non-adherence risk information into an integrated workflow solution.
Virginia Commonwealth University finished second with “myDigitalARC” and Cedarville University finished third with “Using PHQ-2 and GAD-2 to Examine Mental Health Disorders at Local Pharmacy.”
A PQA review committee judged the finalists and scored based on the quality of their submissions and the ability to answer questions from a jury, which determined the winner. The contest was sponsored by Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS).
“PQS is committed to supporting the development of the next generation of quality professionals,” Todd Sega, PharmD, CEO of PQS, said in the statement. “The initial participation of students helps them to succeed and HQIC is special, as it encourages collaboration between disciplines. The presentations we have seen this year give us confidence that the future of the pharmacy is bright. “
The University of Southern California team wins PQA’s 2021 Healthcare Quality Innovation Challenge [news release]. PQA; May 24, 2021. Accessed May 25, 2021. https://www.pqaalliance.org/2021-hqic