MEDICA 2015 hosted its 4th annual live competition for the best Medical App for use in the daily routine of a doctor or in the hospital – the MEDICA App Competition 2015. On Tuesday, a panel of judges reviewed three minute pitch presentations from the ten finalists that were selected from seventy applications. The competition was part of the MEDICA Connected Healthcare Forum. This reporter was reminded of the pitches on the U.S. Shark Tank television show.
App developers from all over the world were encouraged to submit their medical app. The 10 developers whose apps matched the submission criteria based on the jury’s point of view will qualify for the participation at the live pitch at MEDICA. The voting process by the judges was very close. The presentations were all excellent.
The pitches included why the developer had felt there was a need for this app solution, who would benefit, costs, and ongoing business plan feasibility. The winner received the latest available Apple iPad and additionally one Exhibition Visitor Pass for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2016.
Compliance with ‘Medical Device Directive’ or ‘FDA Approval’ was not necessary, but many of the app developers were moving forward with approval applications.
1st place – Talkitt
Talkitt aims to revolutionize the way people who have speech disabilities due to various motor, speech and language disabilities communicate, enabling them to use the most natural means there is, their own voice. The pitch was presented by Maren Lesche, Advisor at Talkitt. www.voiceitt.com
2nd place – SmokeWatchers
A complete tool to monitor smoking addiction and kick the habit through real-time support and connected devices. The pitch was presented by Benjamin Choukroun, Founder and CEO. www.smoke-watchers.com
3rd place – MobileODT
The CervDx powers MobileODT’s Enhanced Visual Assessment (EVA) System, used by trained healthcare professionals to conduct smarter visual cervical cancer screenings by enabling providers to manage patient information, consult with peers for second opinions, and refer patients for the proper care. The pitch was presented by Donny Rose, Head of Products at MobileODT. www.mobileodt.com
For a list of all the top 10 apps, visit MEDICA.