By Vivian Lam and Yvonne Bokhour

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of HITLAB World Cup 2015SM! An international competition, it offers participants a high-profile stage to showcase their work, with $18,000 in total prize money, as well as networking opportunities with thought leaders.

Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to address major challenges in healthcare. As our readers well know, patients across the globe struggle to obtain quality healthcare, even as providers strive to improve delivery. The HITLAB World Cup enables innovators and entrepreneurs to submit original ideas to improve healthcare access and delivery.

HITLAB® will accept Round One entries through August 31, 2015. Separate, satellite competitions are being planned in Amsterdam and New Delhi. Finalists will receive expense-paid trips to present prototypes at the HITLAB Innovators SummitSM on December 3-4, 2015 in New York City.

The Summit--chaired by Columbia University’s Abdul El-Sayed, MD, PhD, and BTG’s Christine R. Coyne, MBA—will also feature talks and demonstrations.

Last year, 47 business submissions were received from over 10 countries around the world. The top five finalists included:

·         Grand Prize Winner

NVS Technologies, bringing molecular diagnostics to the point-of-care marketplace, greatly expanding its reach and value

·         2nd Place Winner

             Careticker, tracking and incentivizing caregivers for providing quality care at home

·         3rd Place Winner

Owned Outcomes, enabling discharging clinicians to help patients get well quickly and stay well at the lowest possible cost outlay

·         Honorable Mentions

Touch Surgery, allowing surgical students and specialists to practice surgery at their own convenience using a free iOS and Android-based simulation app

Psious, using hyper-realistic virtual environments in a mobile-based technology to treat anxiety disorders through gradual exposure


The judging panel for the 2014 competition included Dr. Peter Fleischut, associate chief innovation officer at NewYork-Presbyterian; James Sweeney, co-founder of Tangramcare; Avani Vaidya, director of innovation at NewYork-Presbyterian; Klaudyne Hong, co-founder of PEACH Intellihealth; and Stan Kachnowski, chair at HITLAB.

We look forward to this year’s submissions, which will no doubt include brilliant innovative solutions to today’s most pressing healthcare issues.  

For details and to enter, visit