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Shift Health’s ‘TickiT’ Named a Semifinalist in the Big C competition
ShiftHealth’s ‘TickiT’ tool was selected as one of 168 semifinalists to move on to the second phase of the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s inaugural Big C competition, aiming to change the way the world lives with cancer.
As regular readers of SocialFinance.ca will know from our Impact8 venture profile of Shift Health last month, TickiT is an interactive, digital survey tool used to engage patients at point-of-care, sending their responses as reports with flagged alerts to healthcare providers. TickiT is a unique innovation because the platform was built as a solution to help healthcare providers humanize their data collection process, and also by showing the power of using graphics, rather than text, in asking questions and engaging the patient.
Having entered in the technology track of the Big C competition, TickiT will now compete for one of 20 spots in the contest’s next round, the venture accelerator program.
These semifinalists “have the potential to be game changers in improving the lives of people affected by cancer now,” said Heather Wajer, VP of marketing at the LIVESTRONG Foundation. “We’re so thrilled with the quality of the entries and are lucky to have so many entrepreneurs interested in helping cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.”
Individuals living with cancer, and survivors of cancer, are all ages and walks of life. When a diagnosis of cancer is made there are critical opportunities, aside from the direct physiological treatment, that impact care and outcomes. TickiT’s benefits stem from the platform’s ability to improve patient-provider communication, create a medium where patients can feel comfortable sharing sensitive information, and enable more patient involvement in care throughout the cancer journey. TickiT has been successfully designed to be accessible to all. In particular TickiT is accessible and user-friendly for vulnerable patient groups who have been traditionally disengaged in health care such as youth, indigenous persons, those with low health literacy and those with English-as-a-Second language (ESL).
The remaining entries represent possible solutions to the biggest challenges people affected by cancer face following a diagnosis, according to LIVESTRONG Foundation research. The remaining contestants have been paired with cancer survivors and business mentors to turn their ideas into action. On Sept. 29, five finalists will be announced and flown to Austin, Texas, to present their innovations during the Ride for the Roses weekend, where the grand prize winner will be selected. Sixty ventures will receive a total of $140,000 in seed funding, based on their innovation’s utility, ingenuity and benefits to cancer patients and survivors. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000.
Wish us luck!
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