How can we use sensors to improve wellness for specific conditions?
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As technology evolves, use cases in the healthcare industry multiply in scope and impact. Smart sensors are at the core and will fundamentally transform healthcare as we know it in the coming years.  These technologies harness the power of vital reporting systems in forms as small as a band aid or as large as a smart city. Capable of monitoring and reporting a wide range of clinical data, smart sensors detect changes critical metrics while more and more eliminating the user burden brought on by tangled wires and bulky machines. Whether in a wheel chair recovering from surgery or living the life of a star athlete, the benefits of a less inhibiting sensor are boundless and can be transformative for many types of patients across a wide spectrum of conditions.

We want your help in identifying with the next wave of smart sensors that will increase wellness around specific discrete or chronic conditions– these can be commercial products already in use or those currently in research and development. We understand that Apple Watches and Fitbit’s are today – what is tomorrow? Five years from now?

Your ideas will go straight to one of the largest healthcare influencers in the nation and could very well dramatically improve the health and wellness of millions of people, so think outside the box and give it your best!

Check out this link for inspiration on where we can go with sensors in healthcare.


Tell us how to improve health and wellness with the use of smart sensors. Specifically, answer the following questions in detail:

  1. What technologies can leverage smart sensor capabilities to improve health and wellness around specific conditions? 
    1. Explain the technology in detail. Provide any links and images you feel will help us understand it. Think outside of the box.
  2. Are these commercial products or technologies currently in R&D?
  3. What will they monitor? How will it work?
  4. What health condition(s) will your proposed sensor impact? What will the benefit be? Think prevention, early warning, or long-term monitoring.

BONUS: Want to take your submission to the next level? Tell us what the value proposition based on existing healthcare costs of the condition!

AVOID: We know Apple watches and Fitbits are changing the world today. We're looking at what's going to change the world tomorrow.

P.S. - Interested in making your idea become a reality? Attach your resume and cover letter with your submission.

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    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity