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What will it take to win the $10 million Tricorder X PRIZE? – October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011

I sent the following announcement to 7,648+ Wireless Health LinkedIn Group Members on October 28, 2011:

What will it take to win the $10 million Tricorder X PRIZE?

Dear Wireless Health group members,

I had the good fortune to attend a TEDMED after party tonight that was sponsored by the great team at Scanadu, who are pursuing the Tricorder X PRIZE. As you may recall, the Tricorder X PRIZE was officially announced at WLSA’s Convergence Summit this past May. (I actually posted the press release in the group moments after it was announced by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs on the first day of the conference.)

While the X PRIZE Foundation still categorizes the prize as “In Development”, I’ve been wondering what teams pursuing the prize are going to have to do to win it. I’m very interested in hearing what group members think a system will have to be comprised of to meet the general requirements already posted on the X PRIZE website:

“To inspire the creation of an aritificial intelligence that can diagnose patients better than board certified doctors.

Today in the developed world, preventable medical errors in hospitals result in tens of thousands of deaths per year; preventable medication errors occur at least 1.5 million times per year; and, on average, adults receive only half of recommended care. In the developing world, billions of people have no access to medical care. The Tricorder X PRIZE will award $10 million to the team that develops a mobile solution that can inexpensively diagnose patients by combining expert systems and medical point-of-care data—such as lab-on-a-chip or wireless sensors, provide a recommended course of treatment, and upload all relevant data to the cloud. The prize aims to incentivize consumer empowerment in healthcare by extending the reach of health information and services to more people. As a result, seven billion people around the world can have access to low-cost, reliable, medical diagnostics, which will ultimately prevent pandemics and save lives.”

Tricorder X PRIZE (Highly recommend viewing the short video.)

Addendum: I just noticed this pic taken at the last USC Body Computing Conference on the Scanadu blog: (Maybe Walter can share with me his secrets on hair preservation!)

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

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