Next week the co-founders (and brothers!) of MyFitnessPal, Mike and Albert Lee, will sit down with Jane Sarasohn-Kahn during our session 3 CEOs at Health 2.0′s Eighth Annual Conference. Our own CEO, Indu Subaiya, recently asked Mike a few questions about their popular app, the business, and big trends in personal tracking.
IS: Can you tell us the story (again!) behind how MyFitnessPal started?
MFP: The idea for the app actually stemmed from a personal need. My wife and I were preparing for our beach wedding and we both wanted to lose a little weight. We went to see a fitness trainer and he gave us a book listing the nutritional values of around 3,000 foods and a small pad of paper to use for tracking our calories. I’ve been programming since I was 10 years old, so I just knew there had to be a better way to keep track of my meals and snacks, but I couldn’t find anything online that was good enough. Every digital product on the market at that time was just as painful and time-consuming to use as food-logging in that notebook. So, I built my own solution, and it eventually became MyFitnessPal.
It really started as a side project—I’d spend a few hours here and there, on weekends and evenings building the earliest version of MyFitnessPal. I started by sharing the website with family and friends, and finally launched MyFitnessPal in September 2005. Eventually, I realized it was too big to be a side project, and decided to focus solely on MyFitnessPal as a business. My brother Al joined me in early 2009 to head up development and redesign, and we launched our first iOS app later that year.
Since, we’ve helped more than 65 million people achieve and maintain a healthier and happier lifestyle. We have a database of nearly 4 million foods and hundreds of exercises, top fitness technology partners, and community insights. We’ve become the leading resource for achieving and maintaining health goals.
IS: With the explosion of device and platform announcements from the tech giants, how do you see MyFitnessPal playing within this ecosystem, as clearly you already have a massive platform with valuable data.
MFP: I get excited about all the different devices that are being introduced to help people lead healthier lives — we currently integrate with 80% of the wearables on the market, meaning we have such a wealth of ways to help our users get more data about their health. A rule of thumb is that health is generally achieved via 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. No one offers the breadth and depth we have in the nutrition space.
IS: Your platform collects incredible amounts of data from its users, what do you plan to do analytically with this data? Do you have plans for population health level analyses? What insights has it given you already?
MFP: With a user base constantly inputting their health goals, foods eaten, fitness and calorie-burning activities performed and weight data, among other things, MyFitnessPal has become the largest-ever longitudinal study of health behaviors in human history.
Right now, the way we use our data is aligned with what we call the true North of MyFitnessPal: user success.
We have created a virtuous cycle with our data: users add to and improve our health data and expand our food database, we use that data to improve the product to drive more user success, and more success leads to more users, which leads to even more data.
We are always looking at the possibility of partnering with academics or health professionals to do more in-depth studies — for right now, our top priority is user success and trust.
IS: Can you tell us about a personal insight that MyFitnessPal has given you?
MFP: One of the first things I did was log a sandwich, and I had no idea that mayo had so many calories — 90 calories per tablespoon vs. only 5 per tablespoon for mustard. Basically, since that day, I haven’t eaten mayo. There have been tons of insights, but that one is the first and it’s really stuck with me. I just don’t eat mayo anymore, and it’s saved me literally thousands of calories over the years.
IS: MyFitnessPal has such a large and dedicated following, what makes users so loyal to MFP? How will you keep them interested long-term?
MFP: We solve what we call the “Healthy Living Dilemma.” Living a healthy life is hard. It’s often easier to live an unhealthy life than it is to make healthier choices. We have to eat to live, so it’s almost inevitable that we end up on food autopilot, eating unconsciously. Sugar, fried foods, salty snacks, processed foods – all the unhealthy things – just taste good. Good-for-you choices are less available than unhealthy foods – and healthy foods tend to cost more. Finally, there’s a vast ocean of health information that the average consumer finds overwhelming and unintelligible.
Basically, the system is broken. MyFitnessPal aims to fix it by making it crystal clear what every individual user needs to do to live a healthier life and making it easier for them to actually do it. We help people create and maintain healthy habits. That’s powerful.
We will continue to grow our offering with user success in mind. As long as we’re helping them be successful, I believe we will maintain this loyalty and interest.
IS: What is one big trend or change that you predict in personal tracking?
MFP: Well, obviously we’re all watching Apple’s watch — but, even before that, there is a device that’s with you 24/7: your smartphone. It has a tremendous capacity for capturing relevant data. MyFitnessPal is poised to harness the power of the smartphone to create a round-the-clock tool for healthy living.
What’s exciting to me about devices like the watch, is that they are so feature-rich, which means that more people will have them and have access to health data almost inadvertently. People will get more engaged in their health, because it’s there. It will inspire people to start thinking about it.
Your phone or watch becomes your gateway drug to health. It’s not the primary reason people will have this device, but they’ll get fitness tracking with their communications capabilities and perhaps develop new habits because of it.
A group of researchers in Toronto developed an app that measures a patient’s alcohol withdrawal tremors in order to determine whether they are real or fake. To use the app, patients hold a phone in their outstretched hand; the app sets a timer and measures the patient’s tremors; the frequency with which the user’s hand shakes is measured, based on the iPhone’s accelerometer, to determine whether the patient is actually experiencing tremors. What will we be able to do with smartphones next?
PulsePoint is making headlines this week for being credited with saving the life of a one month-old baby in Spokane, Washington. The app, which was onstage last year at Health 2.0, connects CPR-certified individuals to emergent situations in their areas based on GPS. In Spokane, EMS dispatchers sent out an alert when they were notified that a one-month-old baby went into cardiac arrest at a local store. Just two blocks away, mechanic Jeff Olson’s phone lit up. The volunteer EMT raced down the street to the store, where he performed CPR on the infant, who survived and was cared for at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.
Wellframe, a Boston-based company that uses texting to deliver step-by-step instruction for personalized care plans, closed $8.5 million in financing led by DFJ. Wellframe is one of several startups that can be broadly described as texting for health, though Wellframe wraps services around the core messaging, and has several clinical trials on the books to demonstrate validity. Ultimately these types of startups, and Wellframe in particular, are showing how connecting providers to consumers’ lives away from the office can be a powerful driver for behavior change.
Google’s Calico partnered with biopharmaceutical company Abbvie to research age-related diseases at a cost of up to $1.5 billion. Calico will build an R&D center in the Bay Area and tackle diseases like neurodegeneration and cancer. Looking forward to seeing where this moon shot goes.
In case you didn’t have enough trackers to keep you busy, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said activity tracker company Basis Science will release a new version of its device sometime this year. Intel acquired Basis Science in March for an undisclosed sum. The Basis Band is super high tech and includes an optical blood flow monitor, a 3-axis accelerometer, a perspiration sensor, plus skin and ambient temperature sensors.
Sleep monitoring company Beddit closed its latest financing round with Inventure, bringing total funding to$8 Million. Beddit debuted on Indiegogo with a record-breaking campaign, and recently partnered with Misfit Wearables to launch the Misfit Beddit Sleep System. Beddit’s system involves a thin sensor placed under the bed sheet whereas other systems, notably Withings’ Aura, involve bedside units. Health 2.0 office poll says we know we sleep terribly, it’s those coaching tips Beddit offers that we’d need.
Geneia, a provider of advanced clinical, analytical, and technical solutions for health care, signed a multi-year strategic partnership with Covidien, a global supplier of medical devices, to enter the $21B remote patient monitoring market. Covidien recently acquired Zephyr, a biometric wearable sensor maker, and has provided Geneia with rights to sell the ZephyrLIFE solution to target in-home monitoring of patients with heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.
According to a new study by MarketsandMarkets, the global Care Management Solutions Market was valued at $2.8B in 2013, and is poised to grow at a CAGR of 21% to reach $7.3B by 2018. Factors driving this market are the legislative reforms like Affordable Care Act (USA), demand for the improved quality of care, rise in aging population, and incentives for the adoption of HCIT and care management solutions. However, barriers like huge investments, lack of skilled analysts, fragmented end-user market, and security of patient data are restraining the growth of this market.
Your.MD, a UK and Norwegian mobile health company, released the iOS version of their Your.MD mobile app (previously limited to Android devices only). Your.MD is powered with content from NHS Choices, and brings clinically tested health care analysis and advice to the underserved areas. Your.MD was released in emerging markets in May 2014, and became the highest rated, and most downloaded health and fitness app in 12 countries on the Google Play Store.
Frost & Sullivan awarded eClinicalWorks with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology Leadership, in recognition of the eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record, a web-based, cross-functional platform for population health management and coordinated care. eClinicalWorks customers have seen reduction in emergency room visits by 50%, hospital readmissions going down by 22%, short-term complications due to diabetes being lowered by 37%, and hospitalizations due to congestive heart failure decreasing by 22%.
In preparation for the upcoming Health 2.0 conference a colleague at Creation Healthcare suggested this question: “How do healthcare professional (HCP) opinions on health reform differ between the United Kingdom and the United States; each a nation facing complex reorganization of their public health care service?”
Through a series of articles, we have so far been looking at the link between health and politics and some of the opposing drivers in health reform. Here, we will continue by investigating the key issues of health insurance in health reform.
Health Insurance Issues In Health Reform
One of the key benefits to a reformed healthcare system is the premise that more people will have access to affordable care. Yet the reality is that health insurers and the insured have to negotiate and agree on a number of issues that can be particular to each individual, or to the population as a whole.
Lets start with some of the key health insurance issues as mentioned by healthcare professionals (HCPs). Over time, we can see various peeks and troughs relating to issues such as premiums, eligibility, treatment, screening and testing, pre-existing conditions, transparency, or the cost of drugs and treatments (See Figure 1).
Figure 1 – Over time, events shape the emphasis of conversation around health insurance issues (Source: Creation Pinpoint® study into health reform in the UK and USA, 1st September 2013 – present )
Examining each of these topics in more detail can give a sense of the HCP perspective on health insurance issues in health reform: Continue reading →
The new generation of health fanatics are here, and they are going digital. More and more people are accessing online resources for their health related questions, queries and worries. Even the less technologically inclined are being drawn to the online world to find out more about their health. However, this luxury that we have in searching for all kinds of information on the internet comes at a cost. Not to us, but to health companies using adwords to get more exposure. If you have a website and want it to appear at the top of the Google search, you can get there by paying for adwords. This often costs per click and is at a great expense for smaller health websites.
There can be a solution, and the new hype is health blogging. There are hundreds of bloggers that are fascinated by all things health, and dedicate their blogs to such topics. Here are a few examples that portray the variety of subjects covered by bloggers:
- FoodPolitics – a proclaimed author and professor in the department of nutrition, Marion Nestle also manages to keep up an excellent blog on the politics of food nutrition.
- MindBodyGreen – a visual and content rich blog that covers all health subjects, including mind health, exercise and green living. The topics are covered by leading professional experts in their field.
- Run To The Finish – an inspiring one woman story, Amanda Brooks blogs about personal training, fitness and importantly she shows us she is human by adding her personality to all of her posts.
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Propeller Health raised $14.5 million in Series B financing, led by Safeguard Scientifics with participation from Series A investor The Social+Capital Partnership. Propeller also hired Practice Fusion’s Chris Hogg as its first COO, and he’ll head up the company’s new San Francisco office. Propeller is doing some very cool work with sensors, inhaled medications, and data, but we’re still bummed they ditched the name Asthmapolis.
CVS Caremark changed its corporate name to CVS Health. The company says the move reflects its broader health care commitment, which is something we’ve seen over the past year as CVS dumped tobacco products, began work with Epic to bring EHRs to its MinuteClinics, and announced new clinical affiliations. Walgreens and Walmart have made similar expansions into health as multiple retailers jockey to be the consumer one stop shop for health.
Whill, a designer of personal mobility products based in San Francisco and Japan, raised an $11 million Series A round. Whill created a high-performance alternative to a wheelchair with omnidirectional capacity and four-wheel-drive. Whill isn’t a traditional “Health 2.0” company, but we can imagine exciting possibilities in the future with the rise of robotics and the Internet of things.
Xerox built software algorithms that analyze the skin on the face for subtle color changes that could indicate irregular blood flow caused by atrial fibrillation. This means that doctors could monitor the most common type of arrhythmia using a basic webcam. A small pilot study confirmed proof of concept, and researchers are now conducting larger studies. One step closer to the tricorder, we say.
Axial Healthcare raised $1.75 million in a round led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries. The names are similar and we had to check twice, but Axial Healthcare is not to be confused with Mayo Clinic spinoff Axial Exchange. Axial Healthcare is focused on improving care during episodes of pain.
Avoid drunk driving, alcohol poisoning, etc., by keeping a track of how much you are drinking with SLBLUE, a handheld breathalyzer from SOBERLINK. Equipped with a professional-grade fuel cell for accurate alcohol measurement, it uses Bluetooth to pair with an iPhone or iPad to send test results from anywhere in the world. It is supported by SOBERLINK’s cloud based Monitoring Site, which includes Adaptive Facial Recognition, real-time alerts, automated reporting, and robust tamper detection. A strong contender to this space is AlcoChange, launched from the Health 2.0 India stage earlier this year.
HerStory is a smartphone app where women can share health advice and stories with each other. Users communicate via audio recordings, which has been proven to be more effective that text in building a personal and compelling therapeutic connection. The app focuses on acute and chronic illnesses, allowing users to hear personal tips from people who have gone through the challenges they are facing as well as share their own journey. It is a product of 22otters, funded by Khosla Ventures.
iMedX, a health information solutions company, has added nearly $50M in acquisition revenue over the past 12 months as a result of eight deals, including five in 2014. iMedX provides solutions for medical documentation, high-value medical coding services, and data analytics solutions. iMedX raised $4M in Dec 2013, bringing its total funding to $22.3M.
According to a new study by MarketResearchReports.biz, the European wearable technology market is set to grow at a CAGR of 42.1% during 2014 2019. The products reviewed are smart clothing and smart sport glasses, activity monitors, sleep sensors, smart watches, heads-up displays, smart glasses, continuous glucose monitor, drug delivery, monitors, wearable patches, hand worn terminals, and augmented reality headsets among others.
Hope you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! Now that you’re back don’t forget the 8th Annual Fall Conference PRICE INCREASE is TODAY, Sept. 2! Join over 2,200 attendees as we showcase over 200 LIVE demos, innovative solutions and thought leadership on over 50 panels, with 150+ speakers over the course of four days on Sept. 21-24 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Highlights of speakers and sessions include:
- Keynotes from Dr. Eric Topol (Scripps Health),Patrick Soon-Shiong (NantHealth), Indu Subaiya(Health 2.0), Matthew Holt (Health 2.0), Bernard J. Tyson (Kaiser Permanente)
- Health Care Data Analytics will show how genomics, non-invasive diagnosis tools, and integrated data collections are uncovering new discoveries, promoting personalized medicine, and new care protocols.
- Consumer Tech and Wearables: Powering Healthy Lifestyles showcasing the NEW Health 2.0 Wearable Tech Runway with new solutions from companies such as Adidas, OM Signal,Walgreens, Withings, WebMD, SamsungElectronics, Qualcomm Life, and many more!
- New Landscapes for Digital Diagnosis showcases tools for providers and consumers, while demonstrating new ways in which both communities are reaching the proper diagnosis.
New Conference features:
- Traction: Brings together series A ready companies center stage as they vie to get the nod as the most fundable startup from venture capitalists and corporate investors. Notable judges and mentors include
- Pharma & Hospital Roundtables: During these invite-only sessions, participants will discuss how their institutions create and utilize cutting-edge technologies to tackle complex health care issues ranging from care coordination to data exchange and how digital health is changing the pharmaceutical landscape from the earliest phases of research to clinical trials to the way consumers interact with their products in the real world. Email Kim Krueger (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
- Bootstrapped Bootcamp: Have less than $2M in total funding? This year’s exhibition hall includes premier space for companies with less than $2 Million in funding to get traction and visibility in front an audience of over 2,200 health care professionals, thought-leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. Reserve your space to demo your technology LIVE in our exhibit hall and enjoy a pass to the conference.
including many more new panels, sessions, and speakers found on the agenda online!
Limited Start-up rate applications are available - submit yours today. Really tight on budget or a student? Apply to volunteer.
Bayer started a health care accelerator for Europe-based companies, selecting five companies from 70 applicants. The program offers 3.5-months of mentoring, free office space in Berlin, and around $65,000 financial support, taking up to 10 percent equity in return. Bayer has been active in digital health starting Grants4Apps as a crowdsourcing initiative, which we helped market, and partnering with Healthbox London last year.
Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are using IBM Watson’s computer brain/big data cruncher to support research and development. Watson will help identify new uses for existing drugs and leaf through scientific papers that detail clinical trial outcomes in an attempt to visually uncover patterns and pinpoint connections in related data. Researchers the world over are holding their breath – equal parts excited for the potential and relieved for having someone else to dredge through abstracts.
Medical and engineering researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle developed a smartphone app, called BiliCam, that they claim can diagnose jaundice in newborns via a smartphone’s camera. Digital diagnosis continues to creep beyond clinic walls, and this app in particular is one we may want to test out with a brand new Health 2.0-er joining the team last week!
The University of California San Francisco built CareWeb, a secure new clinical communications and collaboration platform. The platform gives doctors and other caregivers a social networking-like space where they can keep track of a patient’s care in the hospital. There are quite a few tools for this type of communicating and coordinating already available, but sometimes a homegrown solution is the key to getting providers on board.
Flagler, a Florida based acute care hospital will implement M*Modal Fluency Direct, Fluency for Transcription, and Fluency for Imaging software as part of its health IT infrastructure. It is interesting to note that M*Modal filed (and was approved for) voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code earlier this year. Under new terms, the company reduced its debt by 55%, and is projected to earn $57M before taxes and other items this year and $71M a year by 2017, according to court papers.
MedDiary, a mobile health software company, launched a cloud-based mobile health software-as-a-service platform that enables health care providers to create a custom mobile health app for their patients and monitor them remotely. With a $35 monthly in-app subscription fee, patients get access to a concierge level service in seven different health management modules– food & nutrition, symptoms, medications, self-measurements, physical activity, sleep, and bowel movements. MedDiary also compensates providers with a $15 monthly services fee for coordinating the patient’s care.
eClinicalWorks, a provider of ambulatory health care IT solutions, was selected by the Department of Homeland Security, to implement eClinicalWorks’ cloud-based electronic health records system to help manage care at all 23 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. Standardizing the EHR system will allow the department to create a complete longitudinal record and share data between said facilities. The system also permits providers to utilize chronic and preventative care measures like intake screening process flows, electronic medication administration, and infirmary management.
Inspired by the success of Healthvault, Microsoft is teaming with TracFone Wireless to bring the benefits of smartphone technology to underserved and high-risk populations. The two companies will work with Health Choice Network, a nationwide network of community health centers, to conduct a pilot project targeting diabetes patients to help them better manage their care. Patients participating in the HCN pilot will receive a Windows Phone with TracFone’s prepaid services, along with access to a variety of apps, and other mobile devices connected to HealthVault.
One year ago, we announced the winners of Allscripts’ Open App Challenge. In keeping with anniversary tradition, we’re going to do a bit of reminiscing, starting from the beginning.
Health Tech is a Team Sport
In 2012, Allscripts announced a new innovation initiative to integrate new features into their EHR. More specifically, they wanted innovation that would focus on the high cost of chronic illnesses and value-based imperatives. To accelerate development, Allscripts began to look to outside developers. Their first attempts led them to deal with companies one at a time, which they found to unproductive for yielding the quantity and quality of novel features that they were hoping for.
In an interview with Health 2.0, Stanley Crane (Allscripts’ Chief Innovation Officer) likened the decision to open their API to a broad audience of developers to Ford Motors sourcing the components of their automobiles. “Imagine if Ford motor company said, ‘We’re so worried about the quality of our cars that we’re going to build everything ourselves’”. Ford building every part of their car would be ridiculous. Instead, Stanley intends to make Allscripts an expert in sourcing the best around the world instead of vertical integration (doing everything themselves).Stanley would rather have Allscripts work with others, and bring something awesome to the market together and continued by saying “Health Tech cannot progress faster, until we start playing this as a team sport.”
With this mindset, Allscripts found that the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge Program was a perfect fit for their needs. Crowdsourcing ideas like this let Allscripts sample tons of ideas and features all at once! In addition, the Developer Challenge team helped build and facilitate relationships between Allscripts and all of those innovators.
Sourcing technology to improve delivery
The challenge ran from October – August, drawing over 100 entries for Phase I and II.
First place for the challenge went to RefillWizard by HealthFinch. RefillWizard can automate prescription renewal, based on the individual protocol needs of its users. Doctors spend anywhere from 30 min to 1 hour per day refilling medication. Can you Imagine how much time this solution saves? You don’t have to. The numbers are in. RefillWizard reduces refill processing time per request to only 32 seconds. That reduces the time spent by doctors on this task by around 50%. Those are precious minutes that doctors can now allocate toward providing care, instead of clicking on forms.
HealthFinch and Allscripts have maintained their relationship since the challenge. You can see RefillWizard on Allscripts’ app store right now! In an interview with us, Jonathan Baron (HealthFinch CEO) described his post-win experience as a “whirlwind”, citing visibility as the most important part of the whole experience. That’s saying something, considering winning also came with a prize of $250,000.
How did the challenge affect Allscripts?
The Open App challenge had some great takeaways for Allscripts. For starters, they were able to vastly increase their developer base and improve their own developer program. This in turn, allows Allscripts to better serve their doctors, and thus improves quality of care for patients being delivered by technology.
Today, Allscripts has over 50 apps in its app store and is the #2 supplier in the healthcare information tech market. Allscripts has embraced its new identity as an aggregator of amazing ideas, and its open development program, and still maintains a good relationship with companies from the challenge by inviting them to the annual Allscripts Client Experience conference. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge program helped them build up the marketplace that supplements Allscripts third party developer products. This enables them to constantly improve their existing products with new and simple ideas. Allscripts continues to be a leader for innovation and open development and is sponsoring this year’s annual Health 2.0 San Francisco code-a-thon on September 20-21st.
Calling all digital health startups! If you are actively seeking Series A funding, then apply to Traction: Health 2.0’s Startup Championship. The deadline for applications is Aug 29th, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity.
Traction has plenty to offer for anyone who is interested in learning more about the digital health industry and to see some of the hottest startups of 2014. Between the startups pitches we’ll feature two discussion by industry leaders who explain current trends in digital health investment.
The Corporate Investor Perspective:
Joe Volpe of Merck, Noah Lewis of GE Ventures, and Jack Young of Qualcomm will share their perspectives on what criteria are most important for digital health investors. Get the scoop on the must-haves for young startups seeking funding.
The Equity Analyst Perspective:
What is the future for Health Tech? Now that some Health 2.0 companies have IPOed, equity analysts have lots to say about the industry. Hear three leading analysts discuss the prospects for the health tech sector. Andrew Colbert of Ziegler Corporate Finance, David Francis of RBC Capital Markets, Sean Wieland of Piper Jaffray, and Steven Wardell of Leerink Partners will shed light on digital health valuations.
Not to mention our growing list of venture capitalists and health care professionals that will be judging the pitches and mentoring our finalists.
At GE Ventures, Noah focuses on MedTech and SaaS investing with a special interest in disease management tools that integrate with smart devices, software analytics and services. He was named a “Top 10 Healthcare VC on Twitter” and will definitely be a source for business development tips.
As an early investor in some of the hottest tech companies including Square, Esther knows how to spot a high growth company. With her recently launched “Way to Wellville” project to build healthy communities, digital health will be a central focus.
Building on his experience as the first Director of Connected Health with the FCC, in his role at Aberdare Ventures Mohit contributes an understanding of the essential elements a digital health startup needs to gain traction.
With industry leaders, startups, investors, and interested parties attending, who knows who you’ll meet here? Maybe it will be your next business partner. Maybe it will be your next team member. You’ll only know if you sign up.
From what we eat, to how we exercise, to the way we chose to prevent and treat diseases, health is undergoing a major revolution.
No longer is health confined to the doctor’s office; it is being defined by the choices we make every day. Whether for ourselves or the ones we care for, there is a variety of new technologies from smart-phone applications to wearable sensors, and educational websites that empower you, the consumer, to be more proactive in managing and improving your wellness and overall health.
To help you discover some of the innovations out in the market, we are hosting Health Interactive@50+, a fun and immersive exploration of game-changing health technologies.
Join us on Thursday September 4th from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. to learn and experience some of these cutting edge products and services in health and wellness. Health Interactive@50+ will feature a mix of engaging conversations with leading innovators in health, live product demonstrations and educational workshops that will equip you with the latest information and tools to lead a healthier life.
● How innovation is changing health and fitness. A panel featuring technologies that are changing our perception of our bodies and redefining the way we exercise.
● The Future of Food – How innovations in technology and food science are helping us make smarter choices and understand what eating healthy really means.
● Chronic Condition Management – From managing diabetes to obesity to hypertension, learn how smart monitoring technologies can ease the burden of complex care management for oneself or loved one.
We look forward to seeing all health-curious members who want an advanced look and want to contribute to the conversation around technologies and products that are transforming health. Register online here!
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XPRIZE announced the 10 finalist teams competing for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of 15 medical conditions and capturing five vital health metrics. Launched in January 2012, the competition encourages the development of a device much like the medical Tricorder of Star Trek fame.
The Tricorder prize is something we’ve supported since its launch, and last year at the 7th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference, we got to host part of another XPRIZE competition: the Nokia Sensing CHALLENGE, a $2.25 million global competition to accelerate the development of sensors and sensing technology that is smaller, lighter, and capable of capturing true clinical data on a personal level. The teams on display were examples of how Health 2.0 technologies are pushing the boundaries of access, diagnosis, and discovery.
The recently announced finalists for the Tricorder prize promise to be equally impressive as they work to move the science fiction of the Star Trek Tricorder to science reality. The ten teams represent diverse backgrounds from non-profits to academia to start-ups, and include:
- Aezon (Rockville, Md.), led by Tatiana Rypinski, a team of student engineers from Johns Hopkins University partnering with the Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design.
- CloudDX (Mississauga, Canada), a team from medical devices manufacturer Biosign and led by company chief medical officer, Dr. Sonny Kohli.
- Danvantri (Chennai, India), a team from technology manufacturer American Megatrends India and led by company Director and CEO, Sridharan Mani.
- DMI (Cambridge, Mass.), a team led by Dr. Eugene Y. Chan of the DNA Medicine Institute partnering with NASA, the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Dynamical Biomarkers Group (Zhongli City, Taiwan), a team of physicians, scientists and engineers led by Harvard Medical School professor Chung-Kang Peng.
- Final Frontier Medical Devices (Paoli, Pa.), a team led by the founders of Basil Leaf Technologies—brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency room physician, and George Harris, a network engineer.
- MESI Simplifying diagnostics (Ljubljana, Slovenia), a team from diagnostic medical device manufacturer MESI and led by company CEO, Jakob Susteric.
- SCANADU (Moffett Field, Calif.), a team from Silicon Valley-based start-up SCANADU led by technology entrepreneur and company co-founder and CEO, Walter De Brouwer.
- SCANurse (London, England), a team from diagnostic medical manufacturer SCANurse and led by biomedical engineer and company founder, Anil Vaidya.
- zensor (Belfast, Ireland), a team from clinical sensor and electrode company Intelesens and led by chief technology officer, Prof. Jim McLaughlin.
Matthew Holt had a chance to speak with Grant Campany, the Senior Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, about the finalists and the competition. We’re excited to follow these teams on their quest and see how their technologies change our world. To hear more, take a look at the interview below: