On September 20, 2015, a group of students won two prizes at the inaugural Triangle Health Innovation Challenge including the Grand Prize ($4,000) and the Validic mHealth Prize ($500 + $ 5,000 in Validic API credit). In addition to $9,500 in cash and credit, this winning team had a chance to talk about their product and their experience at Health 2.0 NC Triangle’s Meetup Event.
The inaugural Triangle Health Innovation Challenge (THInC), three-day event, was organized by the Duke School of Medicine Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activity Group, and the Carolina Health Entrepreneurship Initiative. THInC brought together not only 127 participants, but engineers, clinicians, designers, business people, students and others who want to build innovative solutions for the biggest challenges in current health and healthcare system.
Formed by 127 participants, there were 15 teams joined this competition. Each team chose one specific “pain point” in health at first. In the next 48 hours, they worked together to build a technological solutions to address the chosen health problem. These 15 teams were judged by evaluating the impact of the solutions on the health issues and the business plan.
The device created by the winning team was a wearable tracker for physical therapists to monitor the performance of their patients. One of the biggest benefits of this device was that it would give real-time feedback to the patient , said Tannya Cai, an undergraduate researcher at Duke. Because most physical therapy is on patients’ own time, if patients don’t do their physical therapy at home regularly and correctly, the risk for re-injury will increase. Therefore, this device could largely help patients to avoid additional injuries, said Pershad, a senior biochemistry major at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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