The Janssen Connected Care Challenge asks for technology-enabled and scalable solutions to improve care after hospital discharge.

The challenge is led by Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a division of J&J pharmaceuticals.

The three 2012 finalists have now been announced and awarded $50k. They will be presenting their solutions at Demo Day on May 10th, which will be live streamed on the challenge website.

The winner will be announced 5/23 and will receive $100K to bring their concept to market.

You can watch the live broadcast of Demo Day here.

The finalists are:

Cara Health

Cara Health uses machine learning capabilities to guide non-clinical staff through adaptive telephone conversations to identify patients at high risk of hospital readmission. Patient and caregiver self-reported health status information is used to predict pre-acute trends and generate alerts to facilitate early interventions.

Care Rocket

The Care Rocket risk assessment tool creates a portrait of the hospital patient within 24 hours of admission in order to design a patient-centric, post-discharge care plan. Patient use of the interactive voice response system supports engagement and adherence to in-hospital treatment and a customized, 30-day post-discharge care plan for optimal recovery.

Discharge Decision Support System: D2S2

D2S2 is a proprietary discharge decision support system that assembles and scored key data upon admission to identify patients at-risk for 30-day readmissions. The tool can help discharge planners and care coordinators quickly identify high-risk patients and facilitate the coordination of the right care for patients post-discharge. See an interview with RightCare Solutions co-founder Eric Hell on the challenge blog.

The contest has brought together a distinguished panel of judges to evaluate the teams and pick a winner, which includes:

Leah Brown, AIO Clinical Solutions
Don Casey, Cardinal Health (formerly of West Wireless)
H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH, Insight Therapeutics and Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, East Virginia Medical School
Gianrico Farrugia, MD, Center of Innovation at Mayo Clinic
Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, National Transitions of Care
Bruce Leff, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Hospital at Home Program
Alyssa Lovegrove, New Venture Mentors
Lisa Suennen, Psilos Group