Live out in the boondocks? Hate hospitals? Dread the cold, clammy hands of your doctor? If only there was way to be remotely diagnosed by a mobile, medical device (who perhaps lives in your Smartphone) that is just as competent as your physician.

Any innovators staking claim to blueprints for such a device, time to dust them off.

The X Prize Foundation, which bills itself as "the leading nonprofit organization solving the world's Grand Challenges of our time by creating and managing large-scale, global incentivized competitions," recently announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated to design the Tricorder X PRIZE, a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution capable of diagnosing patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.

The X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm hope to achieve this by combining advancements in expert systems and medical point of care data such as wireless sensors, advancements in medical imaging and microfluidics.

The Tricorder X PRIZE aspires to empower health care consumers by extending the reach of health information and services to a broader range of people. The prize seeks to bring easily accessible, understandable health information and metrics to consumers on their mobile devices, directing them to earlier actions for care.

"For years, Qualcomm has been transforming lives by connecting people through incredible technologies," Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis said in a press release. "The X PRIZE Foundation is honored to work with Qualcomm to positively affect health consumers by developing a prize that will revolutionize consumer's access to health data and information."

Collaboration between the X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm expects to bring together experts in technology usability, wireless sensors, cloud computing and mobile health to accelerate the convergence of these fields.

The X PRIZE foundation says the winning tool will enable consumers in any location to quickly and effectively assess their health conditions,determine if they need professional help and answer the question, "What do I do next?"

Heads-up WebMD, your days may be numbered.

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