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MedTech Boston Announces the Winners of the Second Round of the Google Glass Challenge

It was a busy week for MedTech Boston with our Editor in Chief speaking at SXSW Interactive, but we did manage (albeit belatedly–sorry!) to tabulate the judges scores for the second qualifying round of the Google Glass Challenge! Those results have been uploaded to the Official Results Page and we’re happy to announce the three semi-finalists.

Submissions were judged by a panel of renowned clinicians and technical experts, including the White House Innovation Fellows and MIT H@cking Medicine. Ideas were judged primarily on their clinical impact and practicality.

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Without further ado, here are the three semi-finalists of round two, who will join the four from round 1 and the winners of round 3 in our “Pitch-Off” to be held in April. Semi-finalists are listed in order of their combined total score:

  1. Todd A. Theman, MD, a surgical resident in the integrated Harvard Plastic Surgery training program at Harvard Medical School had the highest combined score for the submission “Expert on Call” which proposes using Google Glass to allow specialists to consult on cases in resource poor settings without the cost and risk of transporting the patient hundreds of miles to the nearest medical center.
  2. Timothy Aungst, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor at MCPHS University and Editor for iMedicalapps.com came in second with the submission “Bringing the Doctor to the Patients Home: Google Glass in VNA Care”. This submission proposes giving Google Glass to nurses who perform post-discharge home care visits so that they can stream their examination directly to the clinician, who can request specific diagnostics to be performed during the visit.
  3. Andrew Gonzalez, MD, Vascular Surgery Health Services Research Fellow at University of Michigan advanced to the finals with his submission “Using Google Google Glass to Streamline Triage of Acute Stroke Patients” which envisions equipping EMTs with Google Glass so that the stroke-certified physician can administer the NIHSS to the patient while still en-route to the hospital.

Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas and congratulations to all the winners! Don’t forget, there’s still two days to submit your ideas for round 3, which ends on March 22. Just click here http://medtechboston.medstro.com/submit-ggchallenge/ to submit your idea today!

James Ryan

    Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.

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