The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE was a $10 million global competition borne out of the desire to reduce the dependence of medical care on seeing a healthcare professional, and to put healthcare in the hands of the consumer.
To gathered data within a paediatric population that can be used to provide evidence for clinical practice. Currently there is little scientific evidence on the benefits of assistive technologies, potentially due to the difficulty in measuring such benefits outside of the clinic.
Our care systems cannot sustain the cost of the rapidly growing elder population. We need to move from a reactive to a pro-active model of care, and reducing loneliness is known to promote better health and faster recovery from illness and treatment.
Self-management and the provision of effective foot care in the clinic and at home, is viewed as instrumental in providing appropriate care for people with diabetes.