News & Updates

The X PRIZE Foundation, a leading nonprofit creating and managing large-scale, global incentivized competitions, announced a collaboration with Qualcomm to design the Tricorder X PRIZE, a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians. It expects to launch the competition in early 2012.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), a mobile application development partnership aimed at delivering free health care information and tips to pregnant women and mothers around the world via cell phone. Over the next three years, the partnership, which is expected to mobilize $10 million, will work across an initial set of three countries, Bangladesh, India and South Africa, to help coordinate and increase the impact of existing mobile health programs. Resources are being contributed by USAID, Johnson & Johnson, the U.N. Foundation, the  mHealth Alliance and BabyCenter. Check out the full USAID Press Release here.

Aetna announced a collaboration that will offer Aetna members an enhanced version of Mindbloom’s Life Game, an online social game for personal wellness. Starting this fall, Aetna members will have access to this new engagement model which uses the behavioral psychology behind social gaming to help people achieve personal health goals.

OSCON‘s (O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention)The Health Track sessions have been announced. Check out the lineup here.

It’s National Women’s Health Week. A week long health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. During this week, they’re encouraging women to take the time to: get exercise; eat well; make healthy choices; visit a health care professional; and be mindful of our mental health.