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Research & development

Canadian team announced for Imagine Cup

Microsoft Canada has announced the winning team that has earned the opportunity to represent Canada at this year’s Imagine Cup Final in India. The final event will take place August 6th-12th, 2006.
The Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s World Wide Competition for Technical Students. This year, the theme is healthcare, and teams are vying to develop the most useful computerized solution to improve the lives of patients.

The Imagine Cup is made up of five competitions, with the flagship competition being the Software Design Invitational, sponsored by Infusion Development Canada, a Toronto-based company that specializes in designing and deploying custom software solutions in a variety of industries.
For Canadian contestants in the Imagine Cup, the final event was held at the MaRs Discovery District in Toronto, the city’s new medical and healthcare technology incubator and think-tank. The MaRs centre is surrounded by several of Canada’s most advanced hospitals.

In 1st place, and winning $8,000 and a trip to India to represent Canada, are three future doctors who make up Team OmniClin.

Canada is perhaps the world’s most multi-cultural country, and to address the issues posed by a multiplicity of languages when patients arrive at hospitals, Team OmniClin developed an extremely useful application.

Their system provides translation technology for over 12 languages (more to come) in an emergency room, clinic or foreign deployment of doctors. Moreover, OmniClin has a huge array of medical knowledge built into the system, so that doctors can dramatically improve and accelerate treatment for a patient of a different cultural background.

Their invention is currently being patented.

Finishing in second place in the competition is Canada’s youngest Imagine Cup “Top 3” winner yet. Hamilton, Ont. high-school student Anthony Chiarelli, age 17, won $4,000 for an application that securely encrypts patient information inside diagnostic imaging files such as X-rays, ultrasounds, etc.

The patient information, which today is insecurely stored and shared, can be transferred between doctors and systems with complete protection of personal information for the patient. Anthony has already been working with hospitals in and around Hamilton .

One of the highlights of his project is that his application runs on a Windows Mobile PocketPC, thus providing doctors the accessibility they need.

In third place, from the University of British Columbia and winning $2,000, is Team Prodigy.
Team Prodigy built a mobile application for the Windows Mobile PocketPC .The application helps parents take care of their babies and toddlers with an application that monitors various information, such as what a baby eats and how much it sleeps. It’s even able to securely remotely monitor your baby wherever you might be.