AMA awards three teams of health IT developers for innovation

The healthcare innovators were recognized as part of the American Medical Association’s inaugural Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge.
By Bill Siwicki
04:10 PM

Examples of innovation that can help shape 21st century medicine were recognized by the American Medical Association at its annual meeting this week. Three teams of health care entrepreneurs were selected to share $50,000 in prizes awarded by the AMA’s Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge.

In addition to $50,000, winners will gain access to the AMA’s network of partners that specialize in strategy and design support for entrepreneurs and startups, including Business Models Inc., Edge One Medical, Healthbox, Matter, MU/DAI and Techstars.

The three winners in the AMA’s Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge include:

First place winner of $25,000: Twiage: Accelerating life-saving care. This is a secure, interoperable platform that empowers first responders to share real-time patient data with hospitals to accelerate life-saving emergency care, according to the AMA. The team was led by YiDing Yu, MD.

Second place winner of $15,000: Light line catheter. A catheter that employs a visible light phototherapy technology to actively disinfect the device while residing within a patient’s body, according to the AMA. The team was led by Mitchell Barneck.

Third place winner of $10,000: Ceeable: Web-based test technology to detect and diagnose eye disease. A mobile digital health technology to detect and diagnose eye disease including glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, according to the AMA. The team was led by Cynthia Matossian, MD.

The AMA’s Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge kicked off in April and invited all U.S. physicians, residents and medical students “to be a positive force for health care and present their best ideas for shaping 21st century medicine,” the AMA said. The three winning ideas were selected from a total of 116 solutions submitted to compete in the challenge.

“A passion for transforming healthcare is a quality physicians and medical students share with many pioneering entrepreneurs,” said AMA CEO and executive vice president James L. Madara, MD. “To harness this passion for healthcare innovation, the AMA is expanding efforts to inspire and support physician-led medical advances, and is proud to support the best new ideas to create a healthier nation.”

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