Winners Announced: Super-Utilizer Health Innovation Challenge


The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) announced the winners of the Super-Utilizer Health Innovation Challenge, a first-of-its-kind competition made possible by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit. In April, CHCS called upon digital entrepreneurs and developers to design health technology to improve care and outcomes for high-need, high-cost, low-income populations. The winning innovators were chosen by a panel of national experts from 29 entries ranging from wearable technology to patient-facing mobile apps to provider-oriented web-based solutions.

The College for Behavioral health Leadership congratulates members Chris Wilkins and Mike Boyle (deceased) for the second place award for ACHESS, a relapse prevention app by Chess Mobile Health. For people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, ACHESS prevents relapse and promotes wellness. ACHESS consists of a patient facing smartphone application and a web-based clinician dashboard. The mobile application anticipates when a patient is at risk for relapse and provides supports via tailored content, a network of peers in recovery, and the engagement of the clinical team. The clinician dashboard notifies the clinical team of at risk patients and allows them to quickly assess the details of the risk.


The College seeks to be recognized as the premier forum for the for the development of leaders and the exchange of innovations that impact the health and wellness of communities and people with mental health and substance use conditions.


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