Nomination Categories and Evaluation Criteria:
Imagination- This category is to recognize individual achievement in conceiving new ways of solving problems in the health sector via new methods, ideas, products, services, or business models.
-Originality of the innovations conceived (ie, new concept or incremental variation)
-Value of the innovations (market need, better than existing)
-Impact of the innovations (measurable cost savings, quality, improved experience)
-Scale of the innovations (how widely applicable?)
Perseverance- This category is to recognize individual achievement in demonstrating tenacity over time in the face of adversity and in transforming health innovation challenges into opportunities.
-Persistence in pushing for progress in health and healthcare over many years
-Overcoming resistance- internally and externally
-Overcoming setbacks- financial, team, technical, regulatory
-Learning from experience and transforming adversity into opportunity
Customer focus- This category is to recognize an individual member of an innovation team who maintains focus on the customer and builds deep, long-term relationships by better understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling stated and latent customer needs. Evaluation criteria:
-Earned deep empathy with the complex realities of customers’ lives
-Developed authentic personal relationships with patients, clinicians, health administrators, researchers, and others who form the customer-base for the health innovation
-Habitually focused on the real needs of the customer rather than with what’s fashionable
-Demonstrated prophetic insights into latent and emerging customer needs
External collaboration- This category is to recognize an individual who has put aside organizational boundaries and has established effective relationships with innovators in other companies.
-Eagerness towards working with allies across organizations
-Skilled at building consensus and managing constructive conflict
-Demonstrated ability to navigate complex organizations in order to achieve progress
-Willingness to accept personal and organizational risks accruing from collaborative efforts