2015 EU SME eHealth Competition awards Patients Know Best and SOMA Analytics for their eHealth solutions

The eHealth Competition, that has the endorsement of the European Commission, is an initiative that rewards the best eHealth/mHealth solutions produced by SMEs across Europe.

In this competition, there are two Categories depending on the turnover of the companies: Champions (SMEs with turnover more than 0.5 M€), and Promises (with less turnover). 

The 2015 edition, first prizes have been awarded to

Champion category:

  • Patients Know Best (UK), with a patient-controlled records that makes integrated care a reality; placing the patient at the centre of the network & empowering self-management www.patientsknowbest.com

Promise category:

  • SOMA Analytics (Germany), with a smartphone app that enables employees to measure, analyze, and improve their stress levels on a scientifically-validated basis www.soma-analytics.de

The other prizes went to:

  • Dacadoo (Switzerland), with an app that makes lifestyle navigation easier: measure health & wellbeing with a health score, engage in activities, share progress and win challenges. (2nd Champion) www.dacadoo.com
  • Coimbra Genomics (Portugal) with the solution ELSIE, that allows any physician, anywhere, to access the patient's genome and make personalised clinical decisions during a regular appointment. (2nd Promise) www.coimbra-genomics.com
  • Minddistrict (Netherlands), that deliver a secure communications platform+digital interventions to doctors to help patients anywhere anytime to develop healthy behaviour. (3rd Champion) www.minddistrict.com
  • Taniwa Solutions (Spain), with an app that can detect Parkinsons, Alzheimers or Huntingtons 5 years earlier. We work together with neurologists to design specific tests. (3rd Promise) www.taniwa.es

The objective of the SME eHealth Competition is to support the business success of European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by giving them visibility together with marketing opportunities to attract customers, partners and external capital. Winners receive also cash prizes, mentoring and free tickets to events.

Big White Wall, winner of the 2014 edition, had declared: “Being named the leading eHealth solution created by an SME has made a big difference for our business. It’s opened up opportunities to attend events across Europe, and given us a level of recognition that we’ve found truly valuable. We would recommend entering this competition to any eHealth SME.”

In the 2015 edition, 114 SMEs registered and submitted a two page summary explaining the innovation and potential impact of their solutions. Based on this information provided, 15 companies were selected for the Final.

During the Final, the SMEs had 5 minutes each to explain their solution in front of a Jury of international eHealth stakeholders and sponsors: Bruno de Oliveira (European Commission), Eugene Borukhovich (SoftServe), Ming-Sun Sean Kim (XLHealth), Paul Pelsmaeker (Digitalezorg), Marko Kilk (North Estonia Medical Centre), Luc Maes (COCIR), Jordi Piera (Badalona Serveis Assistencials) and Stephen Lieber (HIMSS).

The Competition has been sponsored by

  • European Commission, who represents the interests of the European Union as a whole http://ec.europa.eu/
  • Softserve, a global company dedicated to empowering businesses worldwide http://www.softserveinc.com/ 
  • XLHealth, a German based investor for Digital Health Startups http://xlhealth.de/en/ 
  • And it has the special support of HIMSS, the global not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).

Besides, 22 associations across Europe have provided support by promoting, contacting and selecting the finalists: Health 2.0 (EU), SPA Health (FI) Digitalezorg (NL), Latvian IT Cluster (LV), HealthStartup (EU), Platinnes (FR), eVIA (ES) Amsterdam Economic Board (NL), BioPmed (IT), UCD Dublin (IE), ClinTrials Skåne (SE), VTT (FI), EyeFOCUS (UK), Tehnopol (EE), CEEIM (ES), ClujIT (RO) ICAR (IT) ISfTeH (EU), LivingLabs Global (DK) VdigG (GE), COCIR (BE) and Consard Ltd (UK).

The Competition Final took place at the Kipsala International Exhibition Center in Riga during the eHealthWeek 2015 - www.worldofhealthit.org

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