Precision Medicine Initiative

Challenge for the Underserved

Challenge Partners

​Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Intel co-founder Gordon and his wife Betty established the foundation to create positive change for future generations.

National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, Inc.
The NHIT Collaborative was established in June 2008 as a public/private/community partnership with the purpose of supporting the full engagement of HIT in underserved populations, with an emphasis on communities of color. To ensure that our nation’s underserved populations are not left behind as health information technologies are developed and employed, four entities came together as conveners and established the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT). The NHIT Collaborative has mounted a long term campaign to include a consortium of Federal agencies and other key private sector and community-based stakeholders.
Mass General Hospital / Partners Healthcare’s Medical Device Plug and Play Interoperability Program
The Medical Device Plug and Play Interoperability Program (MD PnP), founded in 2004 at MGH/Partners HealthCare, has been advancing medical device interoperability to improve patient safety and innovation. The MD PnP Lab, located in Cambridge, Mass, is an 1800 sq. ft. collaborative lab space that contains comprehensive computing, medical device, and networking resources to support research, prototyping, and testing by the MD PnP team and diverse collaborators. A core activity of the program is medical device informatics research to pave the way for safe, innovative, interoperable devices and apps.

HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events.  HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations.  Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT.  Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

Howard University College of Medicine
The Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM) is an academic division of Howard University, and grants the Doctor of Medicine (MD), Ph.D., MS, and the MPH. HUCM is located at the Howard University Health Sciences Center in Washington, D.C., and was founded in 1868 in response to the city's growing population. The College of Medicine ranks among the top three schools in meeting the nation’s medical needs and social mission. With more than 4,000 living alumni, the College has produced a sizeable share of the African-American physicians practicing in this country.

The National Human Genome Center at Howard University

The National Human Genome Center at Howard University is a comprehensive resource for genomic research on African Americans and other African Diaspora populations, distinguished by a diverse social context for framing biology as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications of knowledge gained from the human genome project and research on genome variation. The vision for the NHGC is founded upon Howard University's history of providing leadership for America and the global community in the critical areas of education, health, and social justice.

TracFone Wiresless
TracFone is a prepaid wireless service provider in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, and is a subsidiary of Mexico's largest telecommunications company América Móvil. 

Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT)
Founded in 1998, CIMIT is non-profit consortium of Boston’s leading teaching hospitals and universities with strategic international affiliations and government partnerships. The mission of CIMIT is to accelerate the healthcare innovation cycle by facilitating collaboration among experts through the development and implementation of novel solutions to improve patient care.

CIMIT’s POCTRN Center in Primary Care
Funded in 2012 for a five-year period by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN), CIMIT will create a national “center-without-walls” for rapid transformation of emerging point-of-care (POC) technologies into commercially viable, clinically focused solutions for improving primary health care.