Questions & answers

Why did Edward-Elmhurst Health start the Driven Idea Lab™?

We started the Driven Idea Lab™ because healthcare is all about finding creative solutions, and we know that we have thousands of talented people in this organization with lots of ideas. We're looking to:

  • Give those at the front lines of healthcare the opportunity to create innovative solutions and capitalize on the potential of our own team.
  • Promote our culture of innovation and encourage creative thinking by every member of our organization.
  • Discover new ways to transform the healthcare experience for our consumers and our physicians.
  • Offer employees real life ways to participate in Transformation PX™.

What types of ideas are you looking for?

We're looking for ideas that can improve the patient experience, enhance quality and outcomes, reduce costs and support the vision of Edward-Elmhurst Health — to Transform the Healthcare Experience: safe, seamless, personal.

  • Innovative healthcare solutions from a variety of categories, including: process improvements, medical devices and biotechnology products, digital health applications, disease and research innovations
  • Ideas and solutions which make the healthcare experience safe, seamless, and personal
  • Ideas which improve our physicians' jobs and functions
  • Solutions with the potential to improve healthcare for a large population and community
  • Ideas which aim to solve the issues affecting patients, clinicians and families

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How are ideas selected for the Driven Idea Lab™?

Go For it winners will be selected by an internal review committee based upon the Go For It Criteria noted below. Semi-finalists and the participants asked to participate in the Winners' Circle will be judged by an internal review committee based upon the Large Scale Criteria noted below. Finally, a small group of judges will determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners using the same Large Scale Criteria.

Small Scale Improvement/Go For It Winners:

  1. Strategic fit/alignment with Transformation PX™ (ideas advancing safe, seamless, and personal healthcare)
  2. Ease/speed of implementation
  3. Requires limited resources
  4. Overall likelihood of success/execution potential

Large Scale Improvements/Semi-Finalists:

  1. Strategic fit/alignment with Transformation PX™ (ideas advancing safe, seamless, and personal healthcare)
  2. Competitive advantage/differentiation (existence of similar/competing solutions or ability to differentiate EEH)
  3. Size of impact/scalability (potential to have an impact on multiple patients/health systems)
  4. Limited resources/investment required
  5. Potential for strong financial return
  6. Overall likelihood of success/execution potential

What separates a Go for It winner from a semi-finalist?

Go for It winners will be those ideas that represent small scale process improvements that are easy to implement and do not require significant resources to implement. Semi-finalist ideas will be those likely to require more development and resources to implement, and have the potential for broad impact and future growth.

I have not yet fully developed a final product or solution; can I still apply to the idea lab?

Yes! And we encourage it. We welcome ideas at any stage. Our hope is to create a culture of innovation and provide the resources necessary to develop innovative solutions. No matter what stage of your idea, we will determine its potential and fit for our program.

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What are the benefits of participating in the program?

You'll receive the full support of Edward-Elmhurst Health to develop your healthcare idea — which, in some cases, includes mentoring and testing. Semi-Finalists will be offered two workshops that will assist them in developing their ideas and provide them with coaching and assistance in making their pitch. You'll also become part of a community of peers interested in healthcare innovation and creating solutions for patient care and medicine.

Are there prizes for the competition?

Yes! We want to encourage and reward innovation at EEH. We will award up to $34,000 to multiple winners during each annual competition.

  • 1st Place idea – $10,000
  • 2nd Place idea – $7,500
  • 3rd Place idea – $5,000
  • Semi-finalists will also receive a $500 reward
  • Go For It winners will receive a $250 reward

Can we submit an idea as a team?

We will only accept individual entries for Go For It ideas. However, teams of up to three people are allowed to enter Large Scale Ideas. We ask that only one member of the team submit the idea in the online application. List up to two other team members in the "Other Contributors/Partners" question on the online application.

What if I do not have access to a computer or have difficulty submitting my application?

Entries are only accepted if applied for online. However, if you are having difficulty with computer access or have troubles submitting an application (e.g., language barrier, technical difficulty), please send an email to and we will do our best to assist you.

When is the deadline to submit my application?

The deadline is at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2018.