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mHealth X Prize Teams Move on to Final Round

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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 1:06 am

/iPNN/ Last week, judges of a global competition to develop new healthcare technologies for mobile devices, operated by the Playa Vista-based nonprofit organization X Prize Foundation, selected 12 teams to move on to the final round of competition.

These breakthrough technologies will change the way doctors practice medicine, vowed the competition’s medical director, Dr. Erik Viirre, a neurologist at UC San Diego’s neurology clinic.

The winning teams of last week’s Nokia Sensing X Challenge competition, held at the X Prize Foundation’s office in Playa Vista from July 15-17, will compete for a $525,000 grand prize in September. The winners of a larger health technology competition, the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, will be awarded $10 million during the final competition in 2015.

The nine judges who picked the winners of the Nokia Sensing X Challenge—sponsored by mobile communications giant Nokia—are all industry leaders and experts in their respective fields, said Dr. Viirre, technical and medical director for both the Nokia Sensing X Challenge and Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize.

The judges are looking for breakthrough advances in mobile health technologies that will enable doctors to more accurately evaluate health and medical conditions of their patients as well as meet privacy and regulatory standards, Dr. Viirre noted.

“It’s going to be an eye-opener how these technologies are going to affect what patients do in their own homes,” Dr. Viirre said.

Because he foresees that in the not-so-distant future, these technologies will change the way doctors practice medicine and how patients use technologies in their homes to keep doctors abreast of medical problems, he said it is critical that medical societies provide physicians with educational opportunities in the area of mobile health technologies.

“This mobile technology world is coming, so members of the medical societies need to learn about it and ask for education,” Dr. Viirre said.

He pointed to a fellowship program in San Diego, called the Scripps Translational Science Institute, Wireless Health Scholar, which offers education in computer-assisted medical technologies for genetic, health and blood analysis.

Dr. Viirre said that doctors are welcome to submit nominations for experts in their field online at

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