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Carroll Biz Challenge top prize goes to KnowMe, service aiming to improve patient-doctor communication

KnowMe, which aims to make health care more efficient and effective for patients and providers, will now have thousands more dollars toward accomplishing that goal after winning the Carroll Biz Challenge.

Developed by Casey Davis of Westminster, KnowMe is a medical record device and service that uses a smart bracelet to hold medical information, which doctors and other health care providers can then use to better serve patients.

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The entrepreneurs behind five different projects took the stage at the Carroll Arts Center on Thursday evening to face four judges and pour out their passions in their business pitches in this year’s Biz Challenge.

KnowMe was up against Codeland, a program/website that will walk students through a coding curriculum; FishED, a device to allow aquatic life to avoid being swept up into water intakes; The Drifting Dreamers, a photobooth in a 1963 Volkswagen bus; and Battleground, a gaming lounge and entertainment center. From a list of about 50 applicants, the five were chosen to pitch their businesses in the grand finale.

This year’s Biz Challenge, powered by the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, offered services valued at over $21,000 in addition to the $5,000 cash prize, along with other prizes from local businesses and sponsors.

The challenge saved the best for last, leaving Davis as the final contestant to present his pitch to the panel of judges.

“Doctors are busy, the average doctor has a patient load about 2,500 patients,” said Davis, a physician assistant with Dr. Wilbur Kuo and Associates in Eldersburg. “Even though studies have shown that the average doctor can provide consistent high quality care for about 983. On top of that, electronic medical records don’t communicate. ... On top of that, medications are really confusing. There are about 7,000 prescription medications, as we know; they have multiple names, and they’re really hard to pronounce.“

According to Davis, he would make money through KnowMe from people subscribing with the service for about $99 a year.

The first thing the judges wanted to know more about was the overall costs for KnowMe.

“So, basically it will pay for itself because we’ll be able to help patients save 80% of the drug costs. We’ve done our research, we looked at our focus group, we looked at competitors,” Davis said. “Our focus groups came up with basically we’re looking at two price points: You have the KnowMe personal, which ends up being about $8 a month, less than Netflix, and so about 99 bucks for the year. The other price point is $16 a month, $199 a year.”

Davis is now looking forward to a future of helping more and more people.

“This is a journey that we’ve prayed for,” Davis said in his acceptance speech. “We’re at a battle right now and this is going to help a lot of people and change a lot of lives. It starts here with you guys, tonight. I just imagine one year from tonight and what you guys have allowed us to do when we start hearing stories that pour in and how KnowMe has changed lives — thank you, thank you judges.”

During his speech, Davis was sure to give his wife Sonia recognition because, he said, he wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.

Davis felt relieved and encouraged by winning the challenge.

“This is the confirmation that I was able to express the problem and the solution to people,” he said.

According to Davis, KnowMe is offering beta testers all through the weekend and people can sign up to be a beta tester at https://getknowme.com/beta/.

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The People’s Choice Award went to The Drifting Dreamers, and they were given an $1,000 cash prize. That prize was presented by last year’s winners, Jesse Johnson and Dave Palmer from Brewery Fire.

Brooke Schnorr of The Drifting Dreamers had hoped to win People’s Choice if not the grand prize.

“We’re happy and it played out exactly how I think it should’ve,” she said. “We know Casey, and we’re so happy for their family. It’s been just an awesome experience to be here, and I think it played out beautifully.”

Her husband Jeff isn’t too wrapped up in the prize money.

“The money will help us, but the motivation now is to even just do more from what we’ve done and see the reaction of people,” he said. “We know we’re capable of doing some good stuff.”

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