A $10 million competition to bring healthcare to thepalm of your hand
Imagine a portable, wireless device in the palm of your hand that monitors and diagnoses your health conditions. That’s the technology envisioned by this competition, and it will allow unprecedented access to personal health metrics. The end result: Radical innovation in healthcare that will give individuals far greater choices in when, where, and how they receive care.
The winning team will develop a Tricorder device that will accurately diagnose 13 health conditions (12 diseases and the absence of conditions) and capture five real-time health vital signs, independent of a health care worker or facility, and in a way that provides a compelling consumer experience.
Now in its fifth year, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition — which aims to create a portable medical device akin to the fictional tricorder of Star Trek fame — is moving toward naming a winner in early 2017.
Transforming the fictional Star Trek tricorder into a real-life medical scanner has turned out to be harder than expected.
As global population soars, healthcare is reaching a crisis point: developing countries struggle with a lack of access while countries like the U.S. struggle to manage an inefficient system that spends billions on unnecessary care.