Individualized personal health diagnosis and management technologies will enable an entire generation to live better. At SCANurse, we want to be part of that future.


SCANurse is an official entrant to the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition, a global competition to make a portable device that can diagnose just under 20 different medical conditions.

Under the competition rules we are developing a device that can measure:

Vital Signs (continuous measurements over 36 hours)

  • Respiratory rate
  • ECG
  • Temperature
  • Oxygen Saturation
  • Blood Pressure

Core Diseases

  • Anemia 
  • Urinary tract infection, lower 
  • Diabetes, type 2 
  • Atrial fibrillation 
  • Stroke 
  • Sleep apnea, obstructive 
  • Tuberculosis 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Pneumonia 
  • Otitis ("ear infection") 
  • Leukocytosis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Absence of conditions of above medical conditions

Elective Diseases

  • Melanoma 
  • Strep throat 
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough) 
  • Hypertension

Technical Approach

SCANurse utilises novel existing technological solutions to solve multiple sensing challenges, from breath analysis to movement and visual analysis. Our technical approach has avoided the need to take biological samples such as blood, to maintain simplicity for the user. We have also avoided bluesky technological thinking to ensure faster regulatory and market acceptance

Our UX interface is based on an interactive engagement with the user, to encourage long term device user interaction, together with a simple and easy to understand display of results.

A range of patient-empowering, information-leveraging technologies (PI technologies) are blurring the lines between medical devices/diagnostics and health IT.
— E&Y Life Science Report


The SCANurse team is made up of individuals that have the skills, experience and ambition to make the Tricoder a reality. We have engaged experts with a broad range of experience; from high tech engineering organizations such as Triteq, Skin Analytics and Owlstone (a previous X Prize winner) in their contribution to the various technologies that SCANurse is utilising.

User design is support by individuals from Kingston University, UK where they have a significant understanding of how user behavior and engagement with technology impacts on engagement with the technology.

We are also able to draw on the experience of a variety of individuals that have experience in the mobile healthcare market place to algorithm specialists in vision and acoustics.

Anil Vaidya, Founder

Anil Vaidya, a British born Indian, set up SCANurse specifically as an entry to the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition. As the Founder he has a vision of how he sees future medical diagnostics working and bases this on experience gained over 20 years working with pharma, biotech, healthcare and diagnostic companies globally, including starting his own starting companies in the life science sector.

Anil has lived and worked overseas and understands how different healthcare systems operate particularly in the Far East and Asia Pacific and how SCANurse can be positioned to benefit the users in these markets. His network in the life science sector is extensive and is able to call on global partnerships to develop a venture such as SCANurse. 

He is a chartered engineer (C.Eng) with a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering (MS) from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ, USA. He holds an honors undergraduate degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering (B.Eng (Hons)) and an Executive MBA from the UK.

SCANurse Founder Anil Vaidya talks about what it means to be part of the XPrize Competition.