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9.15.10 Announcement: CIMIT Announces 2011 Prize Competition


2010 CIMIT Prize for Primary Healthcare Finalists Selected

CIMIT has announced 10 finalists in the 2010 CIMIT Prize for Primary Healthcare.  Each team will be awarded $10,000 to develop a final proposal.  This national competition attracted a wide variety of ideas for technology-enabling approaches to improve primary care.

The 10 teams must submit final proposals by May 31, 2010.  Three top winners will be chosen from the ten, and the announcement will be made by June 30th. The top three will receive $150,000, $100,000 and $50,000, respectively.

Primary care includes all activities of healthcare providers who act as a first point of consultation for patients.  Access and efficiency are key to treating common acute and chronic illnesses, including infections, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression and back pain. 

Primary care professionals seek to provide health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings including office, inpatient, critical care, long-term care, home care, day care, senior center, and clinic. 

The ten finalists and projects selected for the final round of the 2010 CIMIT Primary Healthcare Prize are:

Peter Backeris, Stevens Institute of Technology
Title: "Digital Triage Assistant"

Jonathan Baran, University of Wisconsin Madison
Title: "EMRViz: A patient-centered, problem-oriented EMR visualization package"

Ryan Chang, Johns Hopkins University
Title: "Invention of non-invasive method and apparatus to deliver diagnostic devices into the gastrointestinal tract."

Nicholas Chen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title: "Improving Everyday Health Through Continuous Personal Instrumentation"

Mark Hartman, Cornell University
Title: "Rapid multiplexed detection of pathogens with DNA nanobarcodes"

Syed Imaad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title: "Health Diagnostic Compact Disc (HDCD)"

George Lewis, Cornell University
Title: "Wearable Low-intensity Ultrasound Therapy for Osteoarthritis: Technology Development and Clinical Evaluation"

Debkishore Mitra, University of California Berkeley
Title: "Sepsis Diagnostics using iMDs"

Muzaffer Yalgin Ozsecen, Northeastern University
Title: "Synchronized Blood Pressure Measurement Device"

Ming-Zher Poh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: "Webcam-based Technology for Non-contact, Multi-Parameter Physiological Measurements"

A national competition open to graduate and undergraduate engineering students from accredited engineering programs, the CIMIT Prize for Primary Healthcare competition seeks ideas for technologic innovations with great potential to support and catalyze improved delivery of healthcare at the frontlines of medicine. 

Areas of particular interest included improving access to medical care, leveraging the skill of caregivers, automating routine tasks, increasing efficiency of workflow, supporting patients dealing with chronic diseases, increasing compliance with care protocols, and developing tools to enhance the physician-patient relationship.

CIMIT’s mission is to improve healthcare by seeking, selecting and supporting teams of clinicians and technologists. A goal in this competition is to encourage undergraduate and graduate engineering students to develop technological innovations that have potential to enhance patient care at that initial point of contact with the healthcare system.

The CIMIT Prize for Primary Healthcare is made possible through a generous gift from the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust.

CIMIT is the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. A non-profit consortium of Boston-area teaching hospitals and engineering schools, CIMIT provides innovators with resources to explore, develop and implement novel technological solutions for today’s most urgent healthcare problems. Participants in the consortium are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Partners HealthCare and VA Boston Healthcare System.


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