AMIA 2020 Student Design Challenge
Healthcare at the Time of a Global Pandemic
AMIA is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Student Design Challenge (SDC). In this challenge, we invite teams of graduate students from different scientific disciplines and of various backgrounds to propose creative solutions to a specified problem related to healthcare. We seek novel solutions that incorporate cutting edge computational and interactive technologies and take advantage of the considerable advances in such research areas as biomedical informatics, human-computer interaction, computer science, information visualization, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, among many others.
Building upon the success of new format, we will once again focus on providing student teams with training and mentoring as they work on articulating their proposed solutions.
Proposal submission: We invite teams of graduate students and trainees in biomedical informatics and related fields to prepare a brief (1-2 pages) proposal for innovative solutions that re-envision health and healthcare at the time of the global pandemic. As our society struggles to curb the immediate impact of COVID-19, healthcare organizations and policy makers have begun to consider its long-term impact on future health and healthcare. We invite innovative solutions to both of these challenges, (1) supporting approaches to public health surveillance and other responses to the ongoing pandemic, and (2) envisioning healthcare that meets broad human health and well-being needs in the new reality of social distancing over the long term.
The proposal should clearly specify the selected problem, outline gaps in existing solutions targeting this problem, and describe the authors’ vision for their proposed solution. The five most innovative proposals will be invited to participate in a virtual summer training program. During this program, the teams will be provided with training on topics related to the design of interactive systems in health, including but not limited to methods for understanding human practices and requirements gathering, theories and frameworks related to decision support, design methods, evaluation methods, and others. The training will include virtual lectures, and practical exercises. Further, each team will have the opportunity to work with mentors who will provide teams with feedback on their emerging solutions. At the end of this period, the teams will be expected to fully articulate their proposed design concepts, develop an illustrative prototype of their solution, and design an approach to evaluating their prototype in user studies.
Final submission: at the end of the training program, the teams will submit an extended abstract of their final design solutions (more details will be provided to the selected teams about the structure of the extended abstract). This year, in the spirit of design challenge, rather than a competition, all five teams will be asked to attend AMIA Annual Symposium and present their solutions during a dedicated AMIA session without judging.
- July 1 – submission deadline for proposals
- July 10 – invitations to top 5 teams sent
- July 15 – August 30 - summer training program
- September 15 – final submissions
- November – presentation at AMIA 2020 Annual Symposium