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Yale New Haven Health Innovation Awards​



Center for Health Care Innovation
Better patient care through challenge, collaboration and change.

Our Center for Health Care Innovation enhances the lives of people we serve through disruptive innovations and initiatives that transform healthcare delivery

We challenge people from all areas, industries and backgrounds to identify problems in health care.
We collaborate with clinical and non-clinical individuals to identify, foster and scale healthcare innovation.
We change patients' lives through creative, innovative problem solving designed to improve the delivery of care.

Together, we create viable solutions with impact.

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Our Network

As leaders in providing expert clinical care and breakthroughs in research, Yale New Haven Health and Yale University, including its world-renowned School of Medicine, have established a unified lighthouse for creating, identifying, fostering and scaling healthcare innovations. Together we create a culture of innovation and ingenuity, which are paramount to who we are as an organization.


About the Center for Health Care Innovation

Innovators and entrepreneurs now have a new channel to explore the next big innovation in the healthcare space.

The Center acts as a catalyst for health innovation. We focus on novel approaches in digital health, medical devices, care delivery, finance and management. To enhance success, we have assembled knowledgeable leaders and decision makers to guide the strategic evaluation, investment and development of initiatives to ensure that your idea receives proper attention and resources.

The Center welcomes innovation proposals from individuals outside of health care along with those employed across Yale New Haven Health, Yale University and all affiliates.

Innovation can’t be pigeonholed. The best problem-solvers come from every walk of life. Together we will improve health care – one inventive solution at a time.

Focus Areas

The Center is interested in novel and disruptive innovations in the following areas:
  • Digital Health
  • Diagnostics
  • Medical Devices
  • Care Delivery
  • Finance
  • Management
The following are out of scope:
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biosimilars 

YNHHS Innovation Awards

Led by the Center for Health Care Innovation, the Innovation Awards seek to provide much needed funding to accelerate and scale the most promising ideas in our ecosystem.


2024 YNHHS
Innovation Awards 

The Center for Health Care Innovation launched the YNHHS innovation awards in 2022 to identify the best ideas and technologies that have the potential to transform our health system while delivering the greatest value to the patients and communities that we serve. The Center is moving forward with a new round of awards for staff and faculty in 2024. 

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Innovation Executive Committee Leadership

The IEC comprises leadership from both Yale New Haven Health and Yale University. The committee has oversight of the YNHHS Center for Health Care Innovation and stays abreast of system-wide innovation activities.


Center for Health Care Innovation (CHI)

CHI is governed and advised by the Innovation Executive Committee Leadership (see above) in partnership with clinical service lines and key business units at Yale New Haven Health.


Contact Us

Contact us at: [email protected]

The Center for Health Care Innovation is a collaborative partnership between Yale New Haven Health and Yale University.

Learn more about innovation at:

For the Yale New Haven Health and Yale University community

Have a solution that would advance health care innovation or address a clinical pain point? 

Submit your idea

For Industry

Our partners extend our reach and ability to enhance patient care. If you share in our vision and are interested in piloting a healthcare solution, please submit an executive summary of your innovative product/solution and a non-confidential slide deck with details about your opportunity and team.

Submit your idea

Our Partners



Does attending office hours constitute a public disclosure?

The Center for Health Care Innovation holds all information and details related to your company, research, technology or idea shared during office hour sessions as confidential and not a public disclosure.

What happens during office hours?

Office hours conversations depend from innovator to innovator and vary based on the stage of the project. Usually we try to talk through whatever is the most urgent question or upcoming task for your venture, and how the Center for Health Care Innovation can best work to support. We provide advice on what we think the innovator should do next, build first, and how to launch. We also encourage innovators to sign up for more than one office hour to share updates and milestones and whiteboard on how to solve the next most urgent question.

What resources does the Center for Health Care Innovation have available for internal innovators?

The Center for Health Care Innovation is here to help walk alongside you on your innovation journey, and help your company grow and scale:
  • Our team of subject matter experts is available to offer live feedback, coaching, resources through our office hours program. We’re here to talk about immediate issues, the big vision, product market fit, and be a sounding board and accountability partner for your idea.
  • We’ve curated a list of tools to help you systematically plan, think through, and advance your idea. Leveraging these tools will help you save time, energy, and up to date with critical trends in healthcare innovation.
  • The Center for Health Care Innovation has select innovation grant funding of up to $5,000 for promising projects to advance their idea. Please schedule a time to learn more about project qualifications.