The X Prize Foundation has plunked down another gauntlet, this one to the tune of $2.25 million with the help of Nokia, to drag healthcare kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The objective? A portable, affordable, accurate, and comprehensive sensor suite able to constantly and unobtrusively measure every aspect of health that has thus far been quantized.

The result if successful? Well, in my perfect future, the data is constantly analyzed by another X Prize winner – a digital panel of medical A.I. – and when something comes up, the system sends an email to your human doc recommending an exam for specific unquantifiable symptoms (fatigue, nausea, joint pain, depression – subjective stuff) and possible diagnoses and courses of action. All medicine becomes preventative, preemptive medicine.

Data is for machines, doctors are for people. These prizes might tip the balance back to where it belongs.