Nutrimedy is designed to connect users to a registered dietician and offer ongoing support for personalized goals.
“As researchers, scientists and individual consumers generate vast amounts of data, we are at the precipice of a major evolution in healthcare innovation, connecting data to better serve human health and improve patient outcomes,” Travis McCready, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center president and CEO, said in a press release. “Digital health and data science are catalyzing a new generation of therapies, medical devices and enabling technologies, and I am grateful to Boston Scientific, Medstro and Google for bringing people together from across the ecosystem to foster continued collaboration.”
The Boston Scientific competition was co-sponsored by Google Cloud and was formed to create actionable solutions based on a specific theme in digital health each year. This year’s theme was chronic conditions. Challengers were tasked with improving patient care using patient or population health data, patient monitoring or predictive analytics.
Companies that were entered into the competition received feedback from other life sciences professionals and an expert panel before a panel of judges and votes were able to nominate six finalists.
Runner-up of the competition was BreathResearch, which developed a technology that could detect early signs of respiratory attacks and reduce the number of hospitalizations that occur.
Nutrimedy is expected to receive $30,000 and Breath Research will receive $20,000 in in-kind support from Google and Boston Scientific.
“The Connected Patient Challenge fosters dialogue and strengthens relationships in the digital health community that will accelerate the pace of change,” Jodi Euerle Eddy, senior VP and chief information officer at Boston Scientific, said. “The energy of the exchanges we experienced here will promote our continued commitment and efforts to improve upon patient care, and that is the most satisfying outcome of all.”
The other four finalists in the competition included:
- Control:Diabetes, a natural intelligence smartphone app that helps people manage diabetes.
- EinsWorld, which prevents cardiac arrest outside of the clinic using algorithms, notifications and a customized wearable.
- RTM Vital Signs, an implantable, continuous cardiac monitor for ambulatory patients.
- SpeechMED, which turns medical information into understandable auditory messages.