(Photo courtesy of Team Aezon)
A group of Johns Hopkins University undergrads is one of 10 finalists in a $10 million competition to reach the final frontier of health IT.
The challenge tasks groups with creating a real-life version of the Star Trek tricorder, a gizmo that could diagnose 15 different conditions and diseases. In March, the group of 30 students cleared the preliminary round.
Aezon’s system includes a vitals monitoring unit (developed by Aegle), a lab box (produced with Philadelphia’s Biomeme), a smartphone app and some cloud storage. It can screen for ailments including strep throat and urinary tract infections then advise patients on how to treat the condition. Test data is securely stored online, where patients and doctors can access it.
Aezon is the only undergraduate team in the competition. The final round of judging starts next March, with winners announced in January 2016.