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CHEO doctor wins national award for mobile health innovation
Date:5/21/2014

OTTAWA, Canada May 21, 2014 Local pediatric surgeon and entrepreneur Dr. Matthew Bromwich accepted the "TELUS Award for mHealth Innovation" at the 29th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala tonight. He accepted the award on behalf of a team effort to develop and successfully implement a new approach to test hearing impairment worldwide, called ShoeBOX Audiometry.

mHealth or mobile health, is a term used for the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices. This new award category for the CATAAlliance recognizes: a Canadian organization for its outstanding technology engineering development or solution which has resulted in the production of a world-class mHealth product or family of products. The product or solution must have proven itself in operation, and its design and market success has enhanced Canada's international reputation for health care innovation and excellence.

"ShoeBOX Audiometry was a natural standout in this exciting new category," said John Reid, president of the CATAAlliance. "Dr. Bromwich and his team have used mobile technology and innovation in socially responsible yet highly impactful way on an international scale. CATA is proud to advocate for them and to assist in fostering their growth."

ShoeBOX was originally developed at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, and is currently in the beta testing phase, as a flagship product at the Ottawa start-up company called Clearwater Clinical. The team developed highly interactive, calibrated iPad games that enable the player to accurately test their own hearing, based on rigorous research. Based on how the user plays, precise hearing thresholds across all sound frequencies for each ear are reliably recorded to produce a traditional audiogram. ShoeBOX is a registered medical device with Health Canada and the FDA.

"Our bold idea was to develop a mobile point of care diagnostic tool that's so simple ev
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Contact: Adrienne Vienneau
avienneau@cheo.on.ca
613-737-7600 x4144
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
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