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Washington University - Skandalaris Venture Competition 2020

Seven finalists have been selected to compete for $22,500 in awards in the Fall 2020 Skandalaris Venture Competition. In anticipation of the SVC finals, on December 8, 2020, we are publishing a Q&A series with the finalists. Today's featured team is Compass.

We learned that triaging - assessing the risk of having a disease based on specific questions - was a very efficient model for directing users to testing centers without overwhelming local healthcare systems. Therefore, we developed Compass, an NLP-driven, HIPAA-compliant, SMS-based COVID-19 triaging platform for lower-income populations. Users can simply text our system and answer a series of physician-curated questions (offered in 11 languages) to assess their potential COVID-19 risk. Via our proprietary algorithm, users are assigned to one of our stratified risk levels and subsequently directed to the nearest affordable testing clinic. All received patient data is anonymized and securely stored in our database to identify geographical, financial, symptomatological factors driving COVID-19 transmission in lower-income areas. Acknowledging that COVID-19 has a timeline, we are expanding our platform to triage cancer and cardiovascular disease as well. Thus, we are partnering with an existing international digital health company to integrate their proprietary cancer prognostic algorithm with our SMS platform to bring affordable and accessible cancer screening to the U.S. market.