More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of approximately $600 billion per year in medical treatments and lost productivity. Biofeedback has been shown to help improve chronic pain, as well as 150 other medical conditions. Currently, biofeedback training must be conducted at medical centers over a number of 30- to 60-minute sessions, a process that requires both time and money. The goal of a prize would be to make biofeedback training accessible to everyone.
Teams will design solutions that deploy the practice of biofeedback and safely monitor the results for 10 illnesses in a test pool of 100 patients (1,000 total patients). Diseases that could be addressed by this application include asthma, insomnia, chronic pain, fatigue, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, and irritable bowel syndrome. The winning team will demonstrate the greatest improvement per patient as measured by patient reporting and doctor evaluation.
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