The Hamburg-based Apoqlar start-up has won the the Digital Health Award 2019 thanks to its mixed-reality headset for use in surgery. The company outperformed 120 contestants to seize first prize presented by Novartis Pharma and Hexal AG. The award honours projects focusing on medicine of the future.
Artificial intelligence and mixed reality in surgical theatres
The prize of EUR 25,000 will benefit Apoqlar GmbH’s Virtual Surgery Intelligence unit in Hamburg. The software, based on artificial intelligence and mixed reality, converts CT and MRI scans into 3D models that can be projected onto the patient using a headset. The intelligent programme is designed to help surgeons during surgery and has been developed by Dr. Hans von Lücken and Sirko Pelzl, a software developer. The second prize of EUR 15,000 went to eyeTrax technology by MindQ GmbH & Co KG in Osnabrück, Germany. The system allows users to examine eye movements and pupil function with high-performance, eye tracking cameras integrated into virtual reality headsets. This enables neurological diagnosis via the eye. The third prize of EUR 10,000 went to Neotiv GmbH based in Magdeburg, which has developed an app to detect dementia early.
From big data to digital supply concepts
Launched in 2018, the Digital Health Award is presented in the categories artificial intelligence, big data, adherence as well as digital care and networking concepts.