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Qualcomm Tricoder XPRIZE

The Qualcomm Tricoder XPRIZE is a $10 million world-wide competition launched January 2012 to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies into a mobile consumer devices. The aim is to allow health consumers to make reliable health diagnoses on their own. With the data that can be collected and advances in the diagnostic capabilities of cloud based artificial intelligence (IBM Watson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ_O3lZdUjE) that can be connected to local apps will shift medical care towards prevention rather than treatment. The shift to prevention without increasing the burden on the health care system with make medical treatment less expensive.

The Tricoder XPRIZE winning team’s technology will be the one to most accurately diagnose a nominated set of 16 health conditions independent of a professional healthcare while providing the best consumer experience.

Required Core Health Conditions (13): Anemia, Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes, Hepatitis A, Leukocytosis, Pneumonia, Otitis Media, Sleep Apnea, Stroke, Tuberculosis, Urinary Tract Infection, Absence of condition.

Elective Health Conditions (Choice of 3): Allergens (airborne), Cholesterol Screen, Food-borne Illness, HIV Screen, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism/Hyperthyroidism, Melanoma, Mononucleosis, Osteoporosis, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Shingles, Strep Throat.

The winning team’s technology will also be required to accurately measure 5 health vital signs:
Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Oxygen Saturation, Respiratory Rate, Temperature.

The final judging of the Qualcomm Tricoder XPRIZE and the awards ceremony are scheduled for early 2016.

During the competition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering regulatory input to the competing teams and helping them prepare for potential FDA review post-competition.

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