To celebrate March Madness, we're pitting medtech startups head to head to see which one has what it takes to succeed.

To celebrate March Madness medtech-style, MD+DI is holding the first ever Medtech Startup Showdown, a tournament that will pit medical device startups head to head to see which one has what it takes to succeed.

Here’s how it works: We’ll organize startups into a tournament bracket, and each week give our readers the chance to vote for their favorites. The team in each bracket that gets the most votes will move on to the next round.

To be considered for the tournament, startups will need to fill out the form below and include a photo or mockup of their device. All answers and materials provided will be made public, with edits if necessary.

The winner...

March 4th, 2015
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The line between consumer a consumer mHealth app and a regulated medical device comes down to what kind of user data is being collected and how it’s being used.

Reade Harpham

When is an app more than an app? mHealth is one of the fastest-growing segments of the digital marketplace, with more than 100,000 health and fitness apps available in the Apple iTunes store alone and tens of millions of downloads each year. The vast majority are consumer-focused apps that are not subject to FDA regulation. But when developers cross the line and start providing medical information or advice, they enter a whole new world of liability and regulation. How do you know when your app has become a medical device? And what steps do mHealth developers need to take to reduce their risks?

The line between a...

March 4th, 2015
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Two examples provide clues to how technology is paving the way to tackle big healthcare problems globally. 

Arundhati Parmar

 

The challenges of global health are daunting: huge populations in remote locations with little-to-no infrastructure leading to tortured access to care and poor delivery.  

And yet advances in technology are attempting to narrow the chasm between the care that people can get in well-served locations worldwide and those in far-flung locations.

Here are two such examples, I recently came across:

The first comes courtesy of Smithosonian Magazine. The article talks about how researchers at Columbia University have developed a lab on a chip that can analyze a drop of blood from a fingerprick and when plugged into a smartphone test for HIV and syphilis...

March 4th, 2015
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Most everyone seems to understand what FDA does, but only a slight majority approve of its performance.

Marie Thibault

FDA comes out on top as the government agency whose role is best understood in a recent Harris Poll, but when it comes to rating how the agency does, opinions are pretty mixed.

Of the 2,232 U.S. adults surveyed, 92% said they understand what FDA does. This continues a trend of FDA being one of the most recognized government agencies in six prior surveys going back to 2000.

However, of those adults who know what FDA does, just 57% awarded the agency an “excellent / pretty good” rating on job performance. The other 43% said FDA does its job...

March 4th, 2015
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A Wall Street Journal article about Apple Watch and its health features leads to misinformation and misinterpretation about the wearable device. 

Arundhati Parmar

Apple is undoubtedly hoping that with its much-hyped Apple Watch set to launch next month, it will make wearables cooler and sticky - consumers wouldn't abandon them a few months after purchase as they are wont to do.

What they probably didn't expect was how misinformation would spread after a report about how some health features that were considered for the Apple Watch didn't make the final cut.

In mid February, the Wall Street Journal reported a story that explained that...

March 3rd, 2015
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Phyode's W/Me

 

Phyode's W/Me device goes beyond other wearable activity trackers to include capabilities such as sensing breath and providing insight about a user's autonomic nervous system and mental state. The wrist-worn device uses the company's proprietary Life Spectrum Analyzer and a coating designed to improve its accuracy. A companion app can be used for breath training and analytics.    
 

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February 25th, 2015
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Evena Medical Eyes-On Glasses

 

Intravenous access (IV), used to draw blood and for IV therapy, is a common but difficult-to-perform invasive medical procedure. Evena Medical is working to make it easier with its Eyes-On Glasses, which incorporate multispectral 3-D imaging and wireless connectivity to help providers gain a clear, anatomically accurate image of a patient’s vasculature in real time. A telemedicine capability allows images to be shared remotely, and the device is also compatible wiht electronic health records. 
 
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February 25th, 2015
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Moticon's OpenGo

 

Germany-based Moticon’s OpenGo sensor shoe insoles can measure weightbearing, balance, acceleration, and foot temperature. The insoles incorporate pressure sensors, a 3-D accelerometer, and a temperature sensor, as well integrated storage to provide continuous monitoring for up to four weeks. The data collected can be streamed in real time to a computer or mobile device or stored on an accompanying ANT+-enabled flash drive. The device could be useful in clinical research as well as athletics.  
 
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February 25th, 2015
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Force Impact Technologies's Fitguard 

Force Impact Technologies is taking aim at the high-profile problem of concussions sustained while playing sports with its Fitguard, a mouthguard that measures linear and angular acceleration and processes the data through a proprietary algorhithm to assess the risk of head injury. When a hit occurs, LED in the mouthguard light up in different colors to indicate the force of impact. 
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February 25th, 2015
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Pixie Scientific's Smart Diapers

Pixie Scientific's Smart Diapers include an indicator that changes color based on a child's urine. The diapers can give parents information about their kid's kidney function and potential of developing a urinary tract infection, as well as help indicate type 1 diabetes. Parents scan a QR code on the diaper to get data on their smartphones, and they can also send results to a physician. 
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February 25th, 2015
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