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Deep Space Healthcare Challenge

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Impact Canada are running the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge, a competition to develop new diagnostic and detection technologies for remote communities in Canada and crews on deep-space missions.

About the challenge

Canadians living in remote, medically isolated areas – far from hospitals, clinics, and typical points of medical care – grapple with many of the same healthcare challenges that await crews heading to deep-space destinations. In the face of limited supplies and access to help, both of those populations need innovative and sustainable solutions to medical care that increase autonomy.

In collaboration with Impact Canada, the CSA is running the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge, which seeks to create new detection and diagnostic technologies that will help support front-line workers in remote communities in Canada and crews on deep-space missions.

CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques describes the challenges of remote healthcare delivery, and sheds light on how technologies developed in Canada could help improve healthcare on Earth and during deep-space missions. (Credits: CSA, NASA, Canadian Armed Forces / Department of National Defence)

Who was eligible to participate?

The following groups were eligible to participate in the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge:

Stage 1 winners

The Deep Space Healthcare Challenge called Canadian innovators to submit a design concept for their remote healthcare technology by .

Twenty teams were selected by the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge jury in Stage 1 of the Challenge.

The teams moving on to Stage 2 are:

Stage 1 winners list moving on to Stage 2
Organization Project name
Tidal Medical Remote Detection of Respiratory and Cardiac Pathology using a Non-Invasive Diagnostic Wearable
Pelican MRI Ultralight MRI for Remote and Isolated Communities
Université de Montréal SPRINT – Surface plasmon resonance intelligent nanosensor technology
University of New Brunswick An electrochemical sensor for rapid cancer biomarker detection
Applications MD EZResus, a mobile application for resuscitation that supports people in the field
PLAKK Saving Lives One Scan at a Time: An Artificial Intelligence-Powered Ultrasound Guidance and Analysis Tool to Predict Stroke Risk
Pulsence Pulsence
Sonoscope Inc. Hands-free automated ultrasound diagnosis module AI-powered Solution for Dermatology for Primary Care Practices in Remote Communities
LightX Innovations Inc. LightX Innovations – Vision diagnostics
Swift Medical Pocketable, Skin and Wound Diagnostic and Monitoring Solution
Optican Systems Inc. The OptiScan Near Infrared Probe for real-time Health Monitoring
ADGA Group Consultants Inc. AI-Powered Virtual Medical Assistant
Alentic Lensless Microscopy Diagnostic Platform
Neursantys Inc. NEURVESTA: Remote management of neurovestibular and sensorimotor disruptions
Texavie Autonomous, Comfortable, Health-Sensing and Therapy MarsWear Apparel For Deep Space and Remote Terrestrial Applications
McMaster University Heart-Tracker: A wearable platform for real-time monitoring of cardiac markers in interstitial fluid
Wosler Corp. Autonomous Diagnostic Ultrasound Services in Deep Space and Remote Communities
Luxsonic SieVRt Cardiac
Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii) Development of an Autonomous and Tele-operable Medical Robot for Ultra Rapid Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Cancers and Other Needlescopic Interventions

For more information on the Challenge and its prize structure, visit the Impact Canada webpage.

Participating organizations

The CSA and the Privy Council Office's Impact Canada Initiative are working together on the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge.

Indigenous Services Canada and the Coordinated Accessible National (CAN) Health Network are supporting partners on the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge.

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