Rezilient Health’s robotic avatar technology will be one of 38 teams from 16 countries to complete semifinals testing in September 2021 for the prestigious ANA Avatar XPRIZE.
The $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE is a four-year global competition focused on the development of an avatar system that will transport a human’s sense, action and presence to a remote location in real time – that is, a robotic system controlled by a person and interacting with an environment or a person at a distance.
The competition seeks to incentivize innovators around the world to integrate emerging and exponential technologies to enable humankind to take the next step in transcending the limits of physical transportation, leading to a more connected world.
Rezilient’s robotic telehealth technology is a perfect fit for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.
Rezilient’s founders, Danish Nagda, MD and Jeff Gamble, PhD, have experienced first-hand how our current healthcare system can fail to meet the needs of patients and their families. They realised that to deliver the highest quality healthcare close to home, there must be a better way to do it than either the traditional brick-and- mortar model and the telehealth offerings that have proliferated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have developed innovative telerobotic technology that enables doctors to remotely control the positioning of medical devices through Rezilient’s telehealth platform. The telerobots give the doctor unprecedented control to perform physical assessments such as dermatology, cardiology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, obstetrics and vascular exams from anywhere in the world in real-time.
It’s a huge leap beyond the current telehealth platforms which – while they have advantages in a global pandemic – leave doctors with limited tools for diagnoses, which often means the patient needs to schedule a further appointment for an in-person exam for their doctor to perform an objective physical assessment.
Ultimately, Rezilient’s robotic telehealth technology will remove the time, cost and travel barriers to accessing quality healthcare and deliver convenient, timely access specialists to more people, making it more likely that they’ll focus on their physical and mental wellbeing.
After the completion of semifinals testing in Fall 2021, up to 20 teams will equally split a Semifinals prize purse of $2M and move on to finals testing in Summer 2022. There, they will compete to win a share of the $8M finals prize purse.
The grand prize will be awarded in June 2022 after finals testing, which will include performance tests based on specific tasks that showcase the application of avatar technologies across several use case scenarios. The winning team will integrate multiple emerging technologies to develop a physical, nonautonomous avatar system with which an operator can see, hear, and interact within a remote environment in a manner that feels as if they are truly there.
For more information on the ANA Avatar XPRIZE go to https://www.xprize.org/prizes/avatar. Email Lindsay Van Quaethem at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.