Bethany Hedt-Gauthier & Team Win Top Prize in NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge (NTAC) for Maternal Health

Maternal Health

Bethany Hedt-GauthierCongratulations to alumna Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, PhD ’08, and her team who won the first place $500,000 prize in the NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge (NTAC) for Maternal Health!The competition is based on the successful design and development of diagnostic tests and platform technologies to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality and to help improve maternal health around the world.  This tremendous prize recognizes the group’s project, mHealth tools for community health worker-led home-based diagnosis of surgical site infections and anemia post-cesarian delivery. Described as “a stand-alone, integrated mobile health tool for community health workers to monitor postpartum recovery by women following a cesarian delivery. The tool enables home-based diagnosis of surgical-site infections and anemia. The team designed the technology to be used in rural Rwanda; its use could be transferred to low infrastructure and resource settings in other countries.”The prize competition is managed by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and with support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health.  Dr. Hedt-Gauthier is currently Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Official AnnouncementNIH announces prize winners of maternal health diagnostics challengeHMS News FeatureMaking House Calls Guided by AIWorld’s first standalone computer vision and machine learning tool for surgical wound infections debuts in RwandaHeader Image Credit: Matt Hedt, HMS.Webinar Discussing Work2022 NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge for Maternal Health (NTAC: Maternal Health) WebinarDetails of Team, Research & SubmissionInnovation Prize Awarded to mHealth Team

NTAC recipients