Comcast Business announced that 30 small business owners from across the U.S. have been named regional winners in the “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Contest” (I4E), a national competition that will award more than $440,000 to up-and-coming companies that are leveraging technology to enhance their business. Each of the regional winners, which included Villa Park-based Computer System International, Inc., receives a $10,000 cash award and the chance to compete for the opportunity to consult with more than a dozen business experts to fuel growth within their organization.
Winners were selected based on essays they submitted regarding how they would use technology to enhance their business. The full list of regional winners and their essays is available here.
Computer System International’s Essay
The purpose of this innovation is to enhance healthcare utilization beyond hospital walls by inventing the technologies that would allow doctors, hospital staff, and patients to communicate and share information remotely and more efficiently. Our solution will utilize interactive terminals at patient bedsides to seamlessly connect doctors to patients remotely thus facilitating home healthcare and medical assistance all over the world. The solution will also utilize automated medication-distribution model to share medication order data to provide better visibility into patient care and more control of their workflow. The integrated solution will give patients and staff access to multimedia entertainment, communications tools, Skype technology, and electronic health records. The solution will include a touch-screen, web cam, single-sign-on access to an Internet protocol (IP) network, meal choice technology, and access to electronic health records (EHR). The system would need to integrate well with the hospital’s IT environment and provide a better environment for connecting with healthcare records, specialized applications and emerging technologies. The terminals connect to a worldwide IP network that provides access to the Internet, telephony, healthcare records, hospitality services, and multimedia content. The next round of the competition is the public vote, where six businesses will be selected as grand prize winners and receive an additional $20,000 cash award, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Comcast Business headquarters in Philadelphia. This year, Comcast Business has partnered with the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University to provide a nationally recognized group of business experts like Robert Irvine, celebrity chef and entrepreneur; Brian Meece, co-founder & CEO of RocketHub; Chuck Sacco, MBA, Assistant Dean, Close School of Entrepreneurship and numerous Comcast executives and Close School professors. Public voting is being held through May 13, 2016. The six grand prize winners will be announced June 6, 2016, with the grand prize winner event in Philadelphia in August. “Since we first launched the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program, we have witnessed first-hand how technology can be the differentiator in accelerating customer satisfaction and growing revenue across many types of businesses,” said Denice Hasty, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Comcast Business. “These 30 startups and entrepreneurs serve as a model for other small businesses seeking to grow and expand their operations through the use of advanced technology.”