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ASCP Launches Round 2 of First Global Health Ideation Challenge

May 07, 2018

ASCP strives to support quality patient care through rapid, accurate, high quality test results for every test, every time, anywhere in the world. The ASCP Center for Global Health (CGH) is focused on finding solutions to pathology and laboratory medicine challenges around the world. In this spirit of creativity, the ASCP Center for Global Health launched Round 2 of the ASCP Global Health Ideation Challenge 2018 on May 7.

Through the ASCP Global Health Ideation Challenge, ASCP members, pathologists, laboratory professionals, students, patients or the general public have the opportunity submit global health problems, challenges or questions and solutions to potentially win a cash prize!

The focus of the 2018 challenge is solving global health challenges through leapfrogging, or using new technologies or approaches to circumvent traditional approaches and avoid incremental steps. Check out this infographic to learn more about leapfrogging.

In Round 1, participants submitted problems, challenges or questions that they think need to be addressed using leapfrogging to make ASCP's Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa initiative  or similar programs focused on laboratory and diagnostic access in Africa successful. The three selected topics are listed below; congratulations to those entrants whose questions were selected! These entrants will be awarded an initial prize of up to $100.

  • We are seeking low cost and simple innovations that address the critical needs in breast cancer to move patients from diagnosis to treatment in the shortest possible time.

  • We are seeking cost saving innovations that will move away from requiring standard tissue processing in the immunophenotyping laboratory so that “FNA directly to treatment” is possible across a range of malignancies.

  • We are seeking novel mobile digital applications that improve patient care specifically focused on the diagnostic process for malignancy with an emphasis on impacting patients in low-resources settings.

Now, in Round 2, participants are asked to submit a solution to one or more of these selected questions.

Visit the ideation challenge website for full details and to submit your solution in 1000 words or less by June 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Entrants whose solutions are selected will win up to $5,000.

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