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HITLAB Advances Voice Technology in Diabetes Care

HITLAB has awarded $75,000 in grants to help companies developing voice technologies for use by diabetics.
Posted Dec 6, 2017
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HITLAB has awarded Lighthouse a $50,000 prize as the winner of the 2017 HITLAB World Cup of Voice-Activated Technology, presented by Novo Nordisk. Lighthouse, a voice-activated application, helps people living with diabetes take the next step in their diabetes care plan by making their care circle more accessible and engaging.

My Diabetes Coach, created by Macadamian, was named runner-up, securing a prize of $15,000. My Diabetes Coach is a cloud-based application specifically for young people with type 2 diabetes. It provides personalized voice-enabled support to help better manage care and integrates data from wearables and identifies patterns where a patient might need more assistance from their care teams.

Other finalists included T2D2 (third), Palette (fourth), and Proof (fifth). In this year's competition, 146 applications from 15 countries were received. Finalist concepts strove to enhance patient outcomes, lower healthcare costs without compromising quality, and improve health and quality of life for those living with type 2 diabetes.

"We believe that the power of voice wipes away barriers of technology apprehension, literacy, and language and will be a critical influence on the long-term health of everyone," said Dave Vockell, CEO of Lighthouse, in a statement. "HITLAB has a long history of bringing together innovative care providers, and we are eager to touch the lives of our next 100,000 patients."

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