Citus Health Takes Home Cash Prize at 2018 Healthcare Innovation Showcase

Citus Health Takes Home Cash Prize at 2018 Healthcare Innovation Showcase

by admin, March 23, 2018

Digital health startup shines at the 4th annual conference co-hosted by NJII and the NJHCQI

NEWARK, March 23, 2018  – New Jersey Innovation Institute’s (NJII) Health IT Connections member Citus Health, a rising digital health startup focused on post-acute care transformation, was awarded the $5,000 top prize in the Patient Engagement Challenge tied to this year’s Healthcare Innovation Showcase.


The showcase, co-hosted by the New Jersey Innovation Institute and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), included an open call for innovative solutions that could bridge the patient/provider engagement gap, and were also compatible with Health Level Seven’s (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard.


“I want to thank NJII and NJHCQI for allowing us to demonstrate the value of the ‘Call Bell’ solution at this event. We’re eager to get our software platform into the hands of more post-acute care providers to help them streamline their workflow to facilitate better clinical outcomes for patients, while lowering their costs,” said Melissa Kozak, RN, CRNI, and founder of Citus Health.


Citus Health, after demonstrating its software to a panel of judges from Hackensack Meridian Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, NJHCQI and NJII, received the highest score over a crowded field of other startup healthcare companies.  The judges gave Citus Health high marks for its ability to show workflow automation, patient self-service, and improved communications between patients and providers while also ensuring HIPAA compliance.


“The goal of the contest was to find companies that are advancing interoperability to achieve the healthcare triple aim of lowering costs, improving health outcomes and enhancing the patient experience,”  said Tomas Gregorio, senior executive director of NJII’s Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab. “Citus Health proved their product is a cost effective and easy solution that improves health and strengthens the patient/provider relationship.  I congratulate them on their strong performance in our contest.”


The $5,000 award was presented at the showcase to a room of more than 300 conference attendees, and comes with the additional opportunity to pitch the product to executives at the Hackensack Meridian Health system.


“Citus Health demonstrated that their ‘Call Bell’  can bring healthcare closer to the consumer, which was a key topic of opportunity at the showcase,” said Linda Schwimmer, president & CEO of the New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute. “As advances in interoperability continue to drive reform in health care delivery, it became obvious that Citus Health has the ability to make care delivery more efficient for patients, physicians and clinical staff. The company is a deserving winner of the Patient Engagement Challenge.”