Highmark Health’s VITAL Innovation Platform named “Corporate Innovation” winner in 23rd annual Carnegie Science Awards

PITTSBURGH (March 13, 2019) –Highmark Health’s VITAL Innovation Platform has been named the winner in the Corporate Innovation” cate­gory of the 23nd annual Carnegie Science Awards. The acco­lade is one of the top honors in the awards. Winners were announced at an event on March 12 in Pittsburgh, and their achieve­ments will be further recog­nized at a commu­nity event on May 10 that also raises funds for Carnegie Science Center programs that inspire young people to pursue STEM careers.

Established in 1997, the Carnegie Science Awards honor and cele­brate the inno­va­tors whose outstanding science and tech­nology achieve­ments make western Pennsylvania great and inspire the next gener­a­tion.

As a result of your team’s excel­lent work and dedi­ca­tion, a committee of your peers has chosen this program from a field of highly qual­i­fied candi­dates to receive this honor,” said Jason C. Brown, interim director of the Carnegie Science Center. The committee lauded VITAL for actively part­nering to help demon­strate the cost effec­tive­ness of new treat­ments — an inno­va­tion that is trans­forming the health insur­ance industry and posi­tively bene­fiting America’s health­care system.” 

The Carnegie Science Awards’ March 12 event at the Carnegie Science Center.


Eileen Rodgers and Nicole Fitzpatrick repre­sent the VITAL team at the Carnegie Science Awards announce­ment March 12.



A test-​and-​learn plat­form powered by Highmark Health’s robust inte­grated delivery and financing system, VITAL rigor­ously tests early-​stage health inno­va­tions in clin­ical settings, and through claims-​level and clin­ical data, produces real-​world evidence related to patient expe­ri­ence, care outcomes and cost impact. This evidence can help propel medical solu­tions’ adop­tion in Highmark Health’s own health insur­ance and provider busi­nesses and in America’s health care market­place.

We have seen how medical solu­tions tested by VITAL can advance in the health care system to change the course of a patient’s diag­nosis, or life,” said Sarah Ahmad, senior vice pres­i­dent of inno­va­tion and trans­for­ma­tion strategy for Highmark Health. We are immensely grateful to the Carnegie Science Awards’ selec­tion committee for recog­nizing the impor­tant value that VITAL brings to trans­forming health care, lowering costs and improving patients’ health and lives.

The VITAL team is immensely proud to support Highmark Health’s mission in western Pennsylvania and across our foot­print of creating a remark­able health expe­ri­ence, freeing people to be their best,” said Ahmad.

Visit the full list of 2019 Carnegie Science Awardees.

About Highmark Health’s VITAL Innovation Platform

Unless accel­er­ated, impor­tant new FDA-​approved health care inno­va­tions can idle, awaiting the evidence needed to gain adop­tion and market­place access that can change the course of a patient’s diag­nosis, or life. VITAL is the solu­tion: a robust test-​and-​learn plat­form that can help propel new health solu­tions into the market­place by providing the ideal envi­ron­ment for producing evidence. The unique VITAL Innovation Platform lever­ages Highmark Health’s posi­tion as the nation’s second largest inte­grated delivery and financing system. VITAL facil­i­tates real-​world testing of early-​stage health inno­va­tions, producing evidence related to patient expe­ri­ence, and care and cost outcomes. This evidence may accel­erate an innovation’s coverage and utiliza­tion by health plans and care delivery systems, fast-​tracking the solu­tion to patients and supporting swifter market­place adop­tion. To learn more, please visit vital​in​no​va​tion​.com.

About Highmark Health

Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA-​based company, that, together with its subsidiaries and affil­i­ates collec­tively employ more than 40,000 people and serve millions of Americans across the country, is the second largest inte­grated health care delivery and financing network in the nation based on revenue. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affil­i­ates provide health insur­ance to nearly 5 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware as well as dental insur­ance, vision care and related health prod­ucts through a national network of diver­si­fied busi­nesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an inte­grated delivery network that includes eight hospi­tals, more than 2,400 affil­i­ated physi­cians, ambu­la­tory surgery centers, an employed physi­cian orga­ni­za­tion, home and community-​based health services, a research insti­tute, a group purchasing orga­ni­za­tion, and health and well­ness pavil­ions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the infor­ma­tion tech­nology plat­form and other busi­ness needs of the Highmark Health enter­prise as well as unaf­fil­i­ated health insur­ance plans by providing proven busi­ness processes, expert knowl­edge and inte­grated cloud-​based plat­forms. To learn more, please visit vital​in​no​va​tion​.com/​h​i​g​h​m​a​r​k​h​e​a​l​t​h.org.