The World Innovation Institute (WII) commits to funding and implementing an incentivized prize to select the best health care software that meets the design criteria of the Digital Doctor challenge. The WII Founder, Naveen Jain, will personally be involved in the leadership and strategic partnerships necessary to implement this commitment. This $1,000,000.00 commitment will leverage strategic partnerships the WII forged as a result of its efforts on the Qualcomm TriCorder $10 Million Mobile Device XPRIZE.
The WII will bring executive leadership, funding, strategic partnerships and technological expertise to implement the challenge and to identify optimum implementation on the ground. Furthermore, the XPRIZE will be a key strategic partner in the development of the criteria and implementation of the challenge. At the same time, the WII will have key health care experts participating in the development of the challenge criteria and use their expertise to judge each of the teams. As leaders in incentivized prizing, the WII is confident in the process, timeline and key partnerships required to innovate around this issue. The WII will also continue to monitor mobile marketplace initiatives to ensure best practices are gleaned from on-the-ground programs.
The Digital Doctor XPRIZE challenge will be implemented through XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prizes. Based on XPRIZE's experience running large global prizes, they possess the knowledge and experience in the entire process and timeline associated with such disruptive innovation. Therefore, the WII will be following XPRIZE's methodology and leveraging their expertise during implementation.
The Digital Doctor challenge will begin at the conclusion of the Qualcomm TriCorder $10 Million XPRIZE. This is necessary since the Digital Doctor health care software will be built on this winning mobile device that will offer optimum service for users in developing nations. At this point, the assumption is that the devices will be used for a nominal fee and that villagers who use Digital Doctor will receive training in order to make money by delivering health care advice to others.
The best estimate for action is as follows, but it is contingent on the TriCorder maintaining its timeline:
First, registration for the prize will take place beginning at the start of 2014 and running through the end of the year. In Phase 2, qualification will be held in the first two months of 2015, and then the final round will be held over the course of the second quarter of 2015.
Millions of people in the developing world die as a result of flu, dehydration, and fever. Building brick and mortar hospitals in rural villages and training the number of healthcare workers necessary to staff a robust physical infrastructure that could combat these trends would be nearly impossible, so an alternative approach is clearly needed. By providing remote areas with a digital device that contains software which will diagnose health issues across Africa, Digital Doctor provides a scalable approach that will enable millions to use technology to disseminate health care information and lower the total number of preventable deaths. The device and search function will be easy enough for a minimally trained person to use and to become a health evangelist. This will not only aid in the establishment of a health ecosystem, but will also allow the person using the device to rent it and to earn money through the dissemination of health care information.
Partners that would like to join the $1 million XPRIZE Challenge are welcome to explore further opportunities, as driving awareness of this incentive prize is essential. The plan will be to announce the XPRIZE Challenge and to drive innovative entries, which are passionate about solving this global health care education issue.