Mobile application EczemaQ wins the Hakim Family Innovation Prize. Remote Optical and Nura Medical were also winners!
Source: McGill University. Three teams led by researchers and trainees from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have won top awards at the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC).
The team led by Carolyn Jack, MD, PhD, has won the Hakim Family Innovation prize. This award was given for the mobile application EczemaQ. Designed to help patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) and currently in pilot testing, EczemaQ can be downloaded to clinicians’ and patients’ smartphones. EczemaQ has already received an award from the Canadian Dermatology Association and its usability is now being validated in an ethics-approved study.
As part of the same competition, Leonard Levin, MD, PhD, and his team of trainee co-founders were first-place winners of the Marika Zelenka Roy Innovation Prize for their innovative solution, Remote Optical. The team is building a solution to address the lack of high-quality remote examination methods for the front of the eye. Their solution means to revolutionize eye care with remote, asynchronous imaging and examination, improving access to eye care for people in remote communities, senior homes, and even in hospitals. The solution is designed to save money and time, leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI).
A third team, NURA Medical, were winners of the Bereskin & Parr Innovation Prize.
The process of preparing weight-based medication is not only time-consuming, but error-prone, which can ultimately lead to serious or even fatal consequences for pediatric patients. As such, NURA Medical has developed the IV Assistant, a semi-automated medical device to prevent medication errors. The IV Assistant will positively impact children receiving care across various healthcare settings and healthcare professionals lacking pediatric medicine expertise. For more information about all the talented participants in the CLIC competition, visit the Winners and Finalists webpage.
Congratulations to the winning teams, and to all those who participated!