A digital solution competition based on medical data, known as the ‘Digital Healthcare Challenge by UNIST X UCLA Center for SMART Health‘, is set to hold its contest beginning May 18, 2023. This prominent event is jointly hosted by the UNIST Smart Healthcare Research Center and the UCLA Center for SMART Health.
The competition invites participants (teams) from various backgrounds who have developed and demonstrated digital solutions based on Korean medical data. Companies, laboratories, and individuals based in Korea are all eligible to participate. Digital solutions refer to innovative tools or models that employ artificial intelligence and data science techniques. These in silico medical devices offer patient-specific predictions of disease diagnosis, prognosis, treatment response, and screening.
The winning teams will receive an opportunity to validate their submitted digital solution using data from UCLA Medical Center, a top-ranked medical institution in the United States (ranked 10th globally by Newsweek and 5th nationally by US News). The aim is to expand the winning team’s digital solutions into U.S. and global medical markets through this competition.
The application process for participation will take place from May 18 to June 30, 2023. Those who are interested may apply online using the predetermined form. The application should detail functional expertise, differentiation, and contributions towards enhancing patient health without disclosing specific algorithms used in developing their solution.
For further details on the event and instructions on applying for participation, please visit the website of Digital Healthcare Challenge by UNIST X UCLA Center for SMART Health at www.unistxucla.com. Alternatively, you may contact us via phone at 052-217-5281 or email us at [email protected].
“The Digital Healthcare Challenge by UNIST X UCLA Center for SMART Health offers a unique chance to showcase Korea’s medical data-based digital solutions on an international platform,” stated Professor Sung Chul Bae, who serves as both the Director of UNIST Smart Healthcare Center and Graduate School of Medicine.
Dr. Arash Naeim, who serves as both head of UCLA Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) and UCLA Center for SMART Health, emphasized that there is an increasing need for innovation in preparing a well-trained health informatics workforce with data science and digital technology skills throughout the world. “This competition presents a valuable opportunity to compare different patient groups in Korea and the United States while validating and verifying innovative medical systems between both countries,” he added.
During the period of July to August 2023, participants in the competition will undergo evaluation based on their submitted applications by experts from UNIST and UCLA Center for SMART Health. The evaluation criteria include improving patient health outcomes, medical market influence, product readiness, as well as the applicability of UCLA medical data within their solution.
The final winning team selected through this process will conduct further tuning and verification of their solution using UCLA medical data application with both UNIST and UCLA Center for SMART Health between September to December 2023.