Innovation

GuideWell Selects Four Finalists in Caring for Caregivers Health Innovation Challenge

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, has selected four finalists from across the country to participate in the Caring for Caregivers Health Innovation Challenge.

The GuideWell Health Innovation Challenge is designed to provide opportunities for companies or non-profits to develop approaches and solutions that improve the health of people and communities across our country. This year’s competition focuses on easing the burden for at-home family caregivers.

GuideWell Using Behavioral Science to Influence Healthy Decisions

People make decisions about the same information in different ways, depending on how the information is presented. Consider yogurt. You likely chose the one labeled “80% fat free” over the one labeled “contains 20% fat,” although they have the same meaning. Here’s another common preference—we’re more likely to make choices with immediate benefits over those that will pay off in the future.

Last year, we partnered with Professor George Loewenstein, co-director for Behavioral Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon University, to apply behavioral science techniques at GuideWell

Top 10 Achievements for GuideWell in 2019

As we close out 2019, we reflect not only on our successes this year but also on what GuideWell has accomplished in its first five years as a health solutions company.

When GuideWell entered the market in 2014, we employed approximately 6, 500 people and operated in a handful of states.

Today, GuideWell is made up of more than 13, 000 employees and serves 27 million people across 35 states, plus Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Over the past five years, GuideWell has demonstrated the ability to innovate, collaborate, diversify and respond in the face of unprecedented health care industry transformation while staying true to our mission of helping people and communities achieve better health.

GuideWell Using Virtual Reality to Help People Improve their Health

Wearing a headset and using a joystick, Cynthia Schroeder appears to be playing a video game, but what the retired, stay-at-home mom is really doing is taking part in a Virtual Reality (VR) program designed to help her with stress and anxiety.

In the past, she says she’s talked with her physician about treatment but was hesitant to try medication.

“I just exercise now and try to do things natural,” Schroeder said.

But natural methods aren’t always enough to keep Schroeder’s stress at bay. That’s why she was ecstatic to be one of about two dozen invited to take part in a VR pilot through Florida Blue, GuideWell’s health insurance subsidiary.

GuideWell Launches Program Seeking Health Technology Start-ups that Support Aging in Place

GuideWell has announced its 2020 scale-up accelerator program, which is focused on solutions that help older adults age in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.

The GuideWell Scale-up Accelerator: Aging in Place is a two-month health technology accelerator program that consists of a two-day kickoff boot camp, weekly mentoring sessions, a virtual workshop curriculum and an investor matchmaking summit to take place on March 9, 2020, at the GuideWell Innovation Center in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City.

Jacksonville Farmer, Entrepreneur wins $20K for Unique Idea to address Food Insecurity

A Jacksonville farmer and entrepreneur who is turning brownfields in food-desert communities into farms where produce is grown and sold in street-side markets earned first place and a $20K grand prize in the GuideWell Block by Block Food Insecurity Challenge, a statewide competition focused on addressing food insecurity in Florida.

Foodery Farms CEO Angela TenBroeck is a fourth-generation farmer who is passionate about addressing food insecurity, an issue impacting 2.8 million people in Florida alone. TenBroeck says her street-side markets are strategically designed and built in neighborhoods where food is traditionally not grown. Her hope is to expand her markets and environmentally-controlled facilities by adding street-side vending machines stocked with aquaponically-grown produce so consumers can have the ability to purchase fresh produce 24/7.

Twelve Finalists to Face Off in Statewide Food Insecurity Challenge, Vie for Chance to Win $20K in Funding

Twelve Florida organizations dedicated to fighting food insecurity will face off in the GuideWell Block by Block Food Insecurity Challenge state finals on Wed., Oct. 16 at the GuideWell Innovation Center in Lake Nona for an opportunity to win a grand prize of $20,000 in funding to further their efforts to address food insecurity in their respective community. The 12 finalists were selected after pitching their solutions to a panel of judges at one of four regional pitch events held throughout the state in mid-September.

GuideWell issued the statewide challenge to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, innovators and organizations to seek innovative ideas for reducing or eliminating food insecurity – an issue impacting 2.8 million people in Florida alone.

GuideWell Board Receives Prestigious Award for Diversity and Inclusion

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, is pleased to announce it has received a top honor from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a recipient of the NACD NXTTM award, which recognizes exemplary board leadership practices that promote greater diversity and inclusion.

“Receiving this top honor reaffirms our dedication to diversity, which not only reflects our desire to create and maintain an inclusive environment for team members, but is also seen throughout our business practices, community outreach efforts and in the many lives we touch on a daily basis,” said GuideWell Board Chair John Ramil.

Three Tampa Bay Organizations Receive Seed Money to Fight Food Insecurity, Earn Opportunity to Win More Funding

From teaching people to grow microgreens in their homes to empowering residents at a homeless shelter to grow their own healthy produce to creating a virtual food drive, three organizations' innovative ideas aimed at fighting hunger in West Florida were recognized as regional finalists in GuideWell's Block by Block Florida Food Insecurity Challenge.

On Sept. 11, 15 regional finalists from across Tampa Bay pitched their innovative ideas to fight hunger in their respective communities. The Homeless Empowerment Program, The Well and Feeding Tampa Bay were selected as the thee regional finalists to receive $2,000 in funding. In addition, they will advance to GuideWell’s Block by Block Food Insecurity Challenge finals where they’ll have the opportunity to compete for a $20,000 state grand prize. Funds will be used to reduce or eliminate food insecurity in their local communities.

GuideWell Launches $400,000 Caring for Caregivers Innovation Challenge

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, today announced its 2019 Health Innovation Challenge, Caring for Caregivers, focused on addressing critical barriers family caregivers face while caring for adult family members.

The Caring for Caregivers Challenge will award up to $400,000 in prize money to as many as four companies or non-profit organizations, or teams of organizations, with sustainable, innovative approaches to reduce or eliminate the complex issues faced by family caregivers every day.

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