Boston Scientific Corporation today announced six finalists in its second annual Connected Patient Challenge, an open competition focused on turning big data into actionable intelligence that optimizes patient care and healthcare efficiency. The event was developed in collaboration with the physician interactive platform, Medstro, to foster meaningful innovation that solves today’s multifaceted healthcare challenges.
The Connected Patient Challenge received 46 submissions from innovators worldwide, whose concepts were aimed at identifying and closing data-driven knowledge gaps to build new capabilities and treatment paradigms. Entries spanned healthcare categories including patient data management and security, medication adherence, home healthcare, clinical trial support, addiction recovery, among many others.
“Boston Scientific would like to thank participants for answering this year’s call to unlock digital health in truly disruptive ways using big data,” said Dave Knapp, Ph.D., vice president, Corporate Research, Boston Scientific. “All of the ideas exchanged at the Connected Patient Challenge have the potential to address unmet needs in today’s healthcare delivery system. The application of data analytics and artificial intelligence has matured significantly for medical applications, and collaboration with early stage innovators in this space is a critical component in our ability to bring novel medical solutions to the forefront and make a difference in patient lives.”
Finalists will be honored at an event at Google’s offices in Cambridge, Mass. on March 9, 2017, when they will present their ideas to a panel of judges, a live audience and fellow participants. The finalists’ presentations will also be livestreamed. Two winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will split up to $50,000 of in-kind services to help them further develop or pilot their ideas.
“We were truly encouraged by the level of engagement by emerging developers and healthcare practitioners in this year’s Connected Patient Challenge,” said Jim Ryan, chief operating officer, Medstro. “We look forward to hearing more from the finalists at the upcoming event, and continuing to be part of a collaborative effort to improve healthcare delivery.”
The six finalists and brief summary of their concepts are as follows (in alphabetical order):
The Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge is also sponsored by Google, OptumLabs, Partners HealthCare, Redmile Group and Coridea. Additional partners include PULSE@MassChallenge, MassMEDIC, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and STAT News
Abby Ballou is the managing editor of MedTech Boston. She has a B.A. and M.Phil in English literature from NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center, respectively. When she isn't writing and editing for MedTech Boston, Abby enjoys reading, rock climbing, watching classic movies and listening to opera.
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