NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HITLAB®, a healthcare innovation and teaching lab based in New York City, has selected five finalists for its HITLAB World Cup®, an international competition that promotes original, digital solutions to crucial healthcare challenges. The contenders will present their inventions at the world-renowned HITLAB Innovators Summit®, November 29-December 1, 2016, in Columbia University's Lerner Hall. Determined to transform healthcare access, delivery, and outcomes, 74 teams applied representing 13 countries : Australia, Cameroon, Chile, India, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay. An expert panel scored entries in four areas: potential impact on health, degree of innovation, business sustainability, and market feasibility. With applications ranging from an app to empower cancer patients; to an e-pharmacy benefit management system for low-income, poor-resource areas of the world; to an AI-driven health monitor for chronic care management at scale, this year's competition demonstrated the remarkable breadth of ingenuity and business acumen emerging worldwide. "HITLAB World Cup applicants never fail to inspire. It's energizing to see great minds at work on complex healthcare issues," said Nishita Rai, PhD, HITLAB's Executive Director. "Our 2016 finalists are exceptionally talented, and we're eager to see their valuable inventions at the HITLAB Innovators Summit, where attendees will benefit not only by the competition, but also by an impressive speaker roster of renowned experts and industry leaders." 2016 HITLAB World Cup Finalists EarID, Cambridge, MAEarID screens and diagnoses ear infections with higher sensitivity and specificity than existing clinical methods. Utilizing 3D imaging and data analytics on cloud-based platforms, EarID assists in ear infection monitoring and management, minimizing antibiotic prescriptions and hours lost from work and school. Green Sun Medical, Fort Collins, COGreen Sun Medical is developing a tech-enabled dynamic scoliosis brace to help correct the curves of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The dynamic brace will continually apply the precise pressure needed to correct a curve while allowing physicians to track brace performance in real time. MedLogiq, Hazlet, NJMedLogiq provides medtech with proven On-Board Diagnostics and "black box" solutions originally developed for the auto and aviation industries. The robust testing, measurement, remote monitoring, and reporting capabilities will dramatically improve performance, safety, quality, time-to-market, and profitability for any healthcare stakeholder. Near Infrared Imaging, Wrentham, MANear Infrared Imaging is developing photonics-based, non-invasive, non-contact technologies for the visualization of veins, the detection and monitoring of brain injuries and malignant cancers, and the identification of brain diseases. UE LifeSciences Inc., Philadelphia, PAUE LifeSciences is on a mission to bring innovative yet highly cost and clinically-effective technologies to make cancer detection accessible in the developing world. Their flagship innovation, iBreastExam (iBE), is an ultra-portable, FDA cleared, hand-held, point-of-care device designed to enable community health workers to provide a standardized breast health exam in any setting within minutes and without any pain or radiation. Team representatives will present their innovations at the HITLAB Innovators Summit and compete for prize money and visibility with thought leaders. Since 2013, past winners of the HITLAB World Cup—including AdhereTech, Medisafe, NVS Technologies, and Ceeable—have gone on to raise more than $50 million in investment capital and helped or saved tens of millions of lives globally. The HITLAB World Cup will be the highlight of an exciting, impactful HITLAB Innovators Summit, offering a series of carefully curated talks, panels, and collaboration opportunities to engage the most creative minds in health and technology.