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The UNC Center for Health Innovation is pleased to announce the winners of the eleventh annual Innovation Pilot Awards. Proposals were sought from across UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine faculty and employees for innovations across a spectrum of areas including care delivery, new technology, advanced analytics, and more.

Two projects were selected from the many strong applications received. The proposals demonstrated clear dedication to improving care for our patients and strengthening our health care system and meeting the mission of the UNC Center for Health Innovation.

The winning teams include:

Wearable sensors for continuous blood pressure monitoring of obese women in labor
PI: Alexandria Kraus, MD, (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Co-PI:  Elizabeth Stringer, MD, MSc, (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Use of Digital Inhaler Technology to Improve Outcomes in Asthma: A Feasibility Project and Clinical Study
PI: Stephen Tilley, MD (Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine)
Co-PI: Stephen Schworer, MD, PhD (Medicine/Rheumatology, Allergy/Immunology)

“We are incredibly grateful to every applicant who took their time to submit a proposal for this year’s Awards,” said Lesley Hall, Director of UNC Health Enterprises.  “We saw many great applications that aimed to tackle a broad range of important health care challenges.  The strength of the applicant pool demonstrates that UNC Health is leading the way when it comes to generating ideas for disruptive innovation within healthcare.”

Descriptions of the winning applications from this and previous years can be found online.

Thanks to all of the 2023 applicants for their interest and dedication, and congratulations to the 2023 award recipients!

Established by UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine, the Center for Health Innovation initiates, evaluates and supports the adoption of disruptive, patient-centered innovations in the delivery and financing of health care. The Center strives to provide rapid assessment, coordinated facilitation, program management, partnership development and funding for innovation.To learn more about the Center, visit