Innovation

Grand prize winners selected in $6M XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing competition to create fast, frequent, cheap and easy-to-use solutions

GuideWell helped launch the contest that asked global innovators to develop effective, radically affordable COVID-19 testing amid the pandemic

XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, is pleased to announce today the five winning teams in the $6M XPRIZE Rapid Covid Testing competition, with each winner creating high-quality, affordable COVID-19 testing to help society safely reopen and return to everyday activities.

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care was a founding partner of this challenge. GuideWell, in collaboration with XPRIZE, OpenCovidScreen, as well as other innovative organizations announced the competition in July to encourage the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations to develop new testing methods.

GuideWell Innovation Center Celebrates Five Years of Advancing Healthy Communities and Serving Entrepreneurs and Innovators

From hosting live pitch events for entrepreneurs from across the country to bringing together top health care industry officials to discuss the future of health care, the GuideWell Innovation Center, located in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical Center, has grown from a building and a concept into a nationally-recognized hub for health care innovation. Today marks an exciting milestone for GuideWell Innovation Center as it celebrates the five-year anniversary since opening its doors.

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care first opened its doors in 2016. The 30,000 square-foot center provides state-of-the-art co-working and meeting space and has become an epicenter of innovation and collaboration. In the last five years, the team has hosted 1,500 events and welcomed 25,000 visitors, including health care industry leaders, government officials, and a host of guest speakers.

Full Transcript: President and CEO Pat Geraghty Video Message on Driving Innovation

Health care is an ever-changing industry that thrives on innovation. And that innovation leads to healthier children, healthier families and healthier communities. I’m proud that GuideWell continues to be an innovative leader, dedicated to finding new ways to provide quality health care that remains affordable.

To do this, we’re collaborating with companies that are leaders in their fields to ensure our members receive high-quality care that is both innovative and affordable.

GuideWell's 2020 Year in Review

This year has brought many challenges to our industry. But for GuideWell, 2020 is so much more than a story of tribulations. It’s a story of how we’ve overcome adversity in powerful and meaningful ways.

You may recall last December, we highlighted our enterprise’s 10 big wins for 2019. I find it only fitting to carry on this tradition this year by highlighting how we’re staying true to our mission through an unprecedented year.

This is what reimagining the future of health care looks like. And through efforts like these, we will continue driving health care costs down and increasing access for more individuals and families.

In no particular order, here are 10 accomplishments through adversity from 2020:

Pat Geraghty Full Transcript: Meeting Members’ Needs during OEP

There’s no more important time to have affordable quality health care coverage than in the midst of a crisis like COVID-19. We kept that in mind as our team prepared for the annual Open Enrollment Period for 2021.

Our members’ needs have changed from even just a year ago. That’s why we expanded myBlue, our most affordable plan, to 36 counties. We made sure our premiums are even more affordable in 2021. We increased the amount members can earn in rewards incentives. And virtual health will play a more prominent role than ever – so we’ve got members covered there, too.

Pat Geraghty Transcript: Reimagining How We Provide Care and Support

As COVID-19 cases topped 10 million across the country last week, and hospitalizations hit an all-time high, we are hearing some encouraging news.

The drug manufacturer Pfizer has announced that early data indicates its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective. They’re seeking emergency use authorization, which could make the vaccine available to some before the end of the year. And the FDA has issued emergency authorization for an Eli Lilly antibody therapy to treat mild to moderate cases.

That said, there has never been a more important time to make sure we’re doing everything possible to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. It’s up to us to continue our important work to keep our communities safe – from encouraging healthy habits to helping prevent the flu.

Health Information Project Wins Statewide Award in GuideWell Health Equity Challenge

A South Florida organization dedicated to empowering student health ambassadors has taken top honors in a statewide innovation challenge to address health access and equality. Health Information Project (HIP) was awarded a $40,000 grand prize in the GuideWell Reshaping Health Access Challenge, a statewide competition focused on addressing health disparities in Florida.

Fourteen Finalists to Face Off in Statewide Health Equity Challenge, Vie for Chance to Win $40K in Funding

Fourteen Florida organizations dedicated to improving health equity will face off in the GuideWell Reshaping Health Access Challenge virtual state finals on Wed., Oct. 28 for an opportunity to win a grand prize of $40,000 in funding to further their efforts to help achieve health access or health literacy in their respective community. The 14 finalists were selected after pitching their solutions to a panel of judges at one of four regional pitch events held virtually in mid-September.

GuideWell issued the statewide challenge to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, innovators and organizations to seek innovative ideas for improving health disparities – an issue that has long existed and that has become more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent civic unrest and racial tension across the country.

Livongo Signs Strategic Partnership with GuideWell Accelerating Care Delivery to Vulnerable Populations

Leveraging Teladoc Health’s existing partnership, GuideWell members will have access to Livongo’s end-to-end virtual care experience for diabetes

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, announced a strategic agreement today with Livongo (Nasdaq: LVGO) the leading Applied Health Signals company empowering people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives.

Florida Blue, a GuideWell subsidiary and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan of Florida, will provide access to Livongo for Diabetes to select members.

COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative Attracts Ideas from Across U.S. to Address Health Pandemic Challenges

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, announced 13 health-tech companies from across the nation will showcase solutions that address some of the major challenges of the current health pandemic today at the GuideWell COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative Showcase. A virtual substance abuse support system and an AI-powered COVID-19 symptom attestation platform are among the concepts and prototypes that will be featured.

All of the ideas focus on increasing the scope and scale of resources to reduce the complex stress factors COVID-19 is having on our country’s health care system.

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