NEW YORK – Five finalists have been announced in the Alexa Diabetes Challenge, a multi-stage prize competition sponsored by Merck & Co. for innovators to develop Alexa voice-enabled solutions for diabetes patients.
“We are extremely impressed with the novel thinking brought forth in the finalist submissions,” said Kimberly Park, vice president of customer strategy and innovation, global human health, Merck, in a statement. “These five concepts help us envision how voice technology can help improve health and quality of life for patients with chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.”
The competition received 96 submissions from across the health care landscape, including research institutions, software companies, startups and health care providers for ideas for voice-enabled solutions to improve the lives of those with Type 2 diabetes.
Each finalist received $25,000 and 10,000 Amazon World Services promotional credits to advance to the Virtual Accelerator, where they will receive expert mentorship as they continue to develop their proposals.
The five finalists are:
DiaBetty, University of Illinois: A virtual diabetes educator and at-home coach that is sensitive and responsive to the patient’s mood, enhancing patient skills for self-management.
My GluCoach, HCL America, Inc.: A holistic management solution that blends the roles of voice-based diabetes teacher, lifestyle coach and personal assistant to serve the individual and specific needs of the patient.
PIA: Personal intelligent agents for Type 2 diabetes, Ejenta: A connected care intelligent agent that uses NASA-licensed AI technology integrated with IoT device data to encourage healthy habits, detect at-risk behaviors and abnormalities, and alert care teams.
Sugarpod, Wellpepper: A multimodal solution, including a smart foot scanner, that provides specialized voice, mobile, video and web interactions based on the task and patient preferences to support patient adherence to comprehensive care plans.
T2D2: Taming Type 2 diabetes, together, Elliot Mitchell, Biomedical Informatics PhD Student at Columbia University, and team: A virtual nutrition assistant that uses machine learning to provide in-the-moment personalized education and recommendations, as well as meal planning, and food and glucose logging.
The winner of the Alexa Diabetes Challenge will receive $125,000.