21/09/2020 | BlogPost
As part of a common effort to make healthcare be about patients, not technologies or companies, the Awards’ organisers – the Digital Health Academy and MSD Foundation – have made sure patients have an active role in the initiative.
During the PDHA evaluation process, patients are the ones to give feedback and evaluate the projects: the Awards’ Committee is composed of 50 Patient Associations together with digital health experts.
This model is a marked divergence from other similar competitions, where entries are usually assessed by healthcare experts or professionals only. It also means that the contestants get an opportunity to interact with the patients directly and follow the patients’ user path when they are getting treatment. This setup helps to achieve the overall goal of making digital health solutions more human and patient-centric.
PDHA accepts applications from digital health startups and innovators as well as individuals, IT or service companies and healthcare providers and foundations. The projects or ideas eligible for the Awards should be designed to level up the digital experience of the patients, consequently improving the quality of people’s care and life.