LOS ANGELES – The University of Southern California held its Center for Body Computing conference last week and introduced new awards that recognize a corporate innovator and a digital health trailblazer.
The USC CBC presented its first Connected Product Award to Abbott Laboratories, maker of the Freestyle Libre continuous glucose monitoring system.
“The Freestyle Libre has the potential to bridge the gap between wellness performance and chronic disease and can provide all of us the ability to look under our hoods and get the real-time information we need to optimize performance,” said Dr. Leslie Saxon, executive director and founder of the USC CBC.
Dr. Dave Albert was recognized with the conference’s Digital Health Innovator Award for his work in health technology, including the Kardia Mobile electrocardiogram sensor.
“Dave took a 100-year-old technology, the electrocardiogram, and reinvented it into a life-changing device accessible to the masses,” Saxon said.
The 2017 SLAM winner and recipient of a $10,000 grant was also announced at the conference: a team that developed a way for returning veterans to use a smartphone digital coach for health reminders as they re-enter the work force. Each year, the SLAM competition invites multidisciplinary teams to solve a new problem using digital health tools. The objective this year: transform health behavior for the better.
“It’s inspiring to see these team members come from different disciplines in their education to solve health problems for our society using digital health tools and services,” said Saxon.