Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE: Transforming Personal Health with Sensing

It’s hard to get information about a person’s health today. The primary means are limited to tests run in a certified laboratory and equipment in a hospital or (not nearly as often) in a doctor’s office. In many countries, the tools necessary to capture data on the body is scarce. Even in developed countries, timely, convenient, cost-effective access to healthcare technologies is becoming harder and harder to find.

Nokia want’s to change that. The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE is a $2.25 million global competition to stimulate the development of a new generation of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that people can use to access, understand and improve their health and well-being.

Some examples of how sensors can improve overall health and quality of life include early detection of heart attack, DNA scanning for disease, and detection of symptoms prior to disease.

The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE will hold two challenge events over the next two years. Each event will be comprised of three phases: registration, preliminary judging and final phase judging. The winners of each competition will be the teams that submit best in class technology as determined by a non-partisan judging panel of cross-functional industry experts.

The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE is focused on the following aspects of health sensor and sensing technologies:

  • Technology:
    • Sensing mode: new forms of biological, chemical, thermal, optical and electrical sensing and analysis.
    • Cost and size: make many forms of sensing more widely accessible to people in their home and work environments.
    • Interlinking: make sensors “talk” to one another as well as the cloud.
    • Resource scarcity: improving the computing, communications and energy resources of sensors.
    • Computing and machine learning algorithms: pushing the development of software that can infer complex conditions such as depression or addiction from data.
  • Trustworthiness: enhancing reliability and quality of data and data delivery.
  • Privacy and Security: addressing how data is collected and evaluated.
  • Regulations, standardization and interoperability: establishing a forum and dialogue for convening industry standards to address these issues.

Check out the infographic below that shows how better data means better health.

Infographic: Better Data Means Better Health

Better data means better heath
Via: Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE

The Hospital of the Future: Palomar Medical Center

Palomar Medical Center (PMC) is one of the most technologically-advanced hospitals in the United States. The new $956 million USD hospital officially opened its doors in August 2012. The innovative facility has been dubbed by PMC officials and others as “The Hospital of the Future.”

Palomar Medical Center

IPad App To Help Improve Medical Data Collection

Intake interviews — the long series of forms and questions that patients must fill out and answer prior to receiving medical care — are critical for accurate diagnosis and treatment. However, they’re boring and can be confusing, which decreases the rate at which patients respond accurately and completely. The company Tonic Health is trying to revolutionize data collection with a patient-friendly iPad app called Tonic that promises to make the process of an intake interview fun and interactive — game-like, even — for patients.

Tonic iPad app

GE Healthcare And Microsoft Partner To Launch Health Information Technology Company

GE Healthcare and Microsoft recently announced plans to create a joint venture aimed at helping healthcare organizations and professionals use real-time, system-wide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience.

The new health information technology company will develop and market an open, interoperable technology platform and innovative clinical applications focused on enabling better population health management to improve outcomes and the overall economics of health and wellness. The joint venture will combine Microsoft’s expertise in building platforms and ecosystems with GE Healthcare’s experience in clinical and administrative workflow solutions.

GE Healthcare and Microsoft

The as of yet unnamed new company will deliver a distinctive, open platform that will give healthcare providers and independent software vendors the ability to develop a new generation of clinical applications. The venture will develop healthcare applications on the platform using in-house developers and the platform will connect with a wide range of healthcare IT products. GE Healthcare IT will immediately be able to connect existing products to the platform, helping current customers to derive new insights.

The two companies will contribute the following intellectual property:

  • Microsoft Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform that brings historically disparate data together and makes it easy to identify and act on insights into clinical, financial or operational performance.
  • Microsoft Vergence, a technology that brings single sign-on, context management and multi-factor authentication together on a clinical workstation.
  • Microsoft expreSSO, a solution to simplify and streamline the organizational rollout of single sign-on.
  • GE Healthcare eHealth, a framework for delivering clinical applications on top of a connected healthcare community. Its foundation is a portal technology that provides clinicians a web-based, simple way to view patient data from a health information exchange.
  • GE Healthcare Qualibria, a clinical knowledge application environment that helps ensure that organizations can more effectively manage to the latest measures of quality and thrive in today’s performance-based world.

The long-term vision of the venture is to create new value by offering a healthcare performance management suite that includes many of these products.

Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, said:

The complementary nature of GE Healthcare’s and Microsoft’s individual expertise will drive new insights, solutions and efficiencies to further advance the two companies’ shared vision of a connected, patient-centric healthcare system. The global healthcare challenges of access, cost and quality of care delivery are creating a new focus on the performance and accountability of healthcare delivery systems –- in every country, at every level of care. This venture will demonstrate what is possible when leading companies with complementary capabilities work together to meet a common goal.

Source: Microsoft