Join MIT Hacking Medicine for one of the largest healthcare hackathons in the world! This is the weekend to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with hundreds of like-minded engineers, clinicians, designers, developers and business people. Within our four themes, there is sure to be a healthcare challenge for everyone!
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Optimizing patients for better surgical outcomes
Assistive Technologies & Rehabilitation
Digital Health: Consider all the ways we can improve clinical care in a variety of settings with the use of digital tools and data analytics. In developing and utilizing innovative technologies, how might we provide better, more efficient healthcare at the patient’s bedside and through administrative systems, to improve patient safety, efficiency, access to care and reduce costs.
Whole Health: The human body and mind have tremendous healing abilities. How can we support Veteran patients in this journey? Traditionally, providers have focused on what’s the matter, zeroing in on their diseases and ailments. Let’s turn the conversation to what matters most to Veterans. How might the VA get to know patients better and design care based on what matters most to them?
High Reliability Health Care: Reimagine the ways we offer healthcare to large diverse populations. The VHA is the largest healthcare system in the country. We care for people in almost every community in acute hospital settings, at home, in rural outpatient clinics and in the center of thriving urban cities. How might we improve the ways we offer effective, consistent and reliable care to our patients across the country?
Preventative Medicine: With the increasing knowledge of genetics, nutrition, environmental variables, mental and physical fitness – what tools (physical, digital, incentive-driven) can be provided to individuals to provide personalized prevention plans to improve overall health at a macro scale in order to decrease overall healthcare costs and reduce reliance on pharmaceutical intervention?
Treatment Affordability: With patients now dealing with high cost drugs, payer/PBM formularies, multiple copay options, and HCPs that take patient financial contribution into account – what tools can be created to provide patients with personalized information of pricing and therapeutic options in light of copay assistance, similar pharmaceutical alternatives (not substitutable), and ultimately outlets to lower costs
Personalized Dosages: Presentations and strengths of older drugs were initially determined based on studies on typical subjects, environments and practices that were applicable years ago. These drugs are currently administered in bigger/ smaller dosages. Due to several factors, doctors today are forced to customize drug doses on ad hoc basis to tailor treatments to patients with different BMIs and drug metabolisms.
For over 40 years, InterSystems has been at the heart of the healthcare information
ecosystem. Today, the health data of more than 500 million people worldwide is
managed using InterSystems technology. Health information is who we are.
Healthcare is changing rapidly, driven by new technologies, including artificial
intelligence and consumer devices, and by new models of care and financing. The goal
is the same everywhere: to create a smarter, more sustainable health and care system
for the future. We believe the future depends on the right foundation: connected health
and care organizations, and decisions based on meaningful, comprehensive health
data. At this year’s Hack, we look forward to helping you turn ideas into action as you
create the future of care.
Optimizing patients for better surgical outcomes
Some patient and medical factors are highly correlated with successful outcomes for surgery. When the surgery is elective, patients may have some opportunities to optimize these factors and increase their likelihood of a successful outcome. Tools to drive behavior change have had mixed success. What opportunities are there using data in novel ways to realize the optimization (e.g., weight loss, smoking cessation, increased activity, to name just a few)? What are specific considerations and how might this solution be tailored for different populations, for example if the patient were your (a) grandparent, (b) parent, (c) child?
Suzanne Shirley serves as a national Fellow with the Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem as the Entrepreneur in Residence. She works to expand VHA’s partnerships with academic affiliates to promote design-thinking in solving Veteran challenges through academic design competitions and hackathons. With experience in process improvement and innovation, she works to empower and mentor medical centers in their path to providing innovative clinical care to Veterans. Ms. Shirley received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Montana State University and her Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University
Mukund Paravasthu is the Vice President of Digital Solutions for Johnson & Johnson’s medical device sector. He and his team are focused on developing an integrated approach to digital surgery to improve outcomes and patient experience. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Advanced R&D for Depuy Synthes, focused on cross platform innovation within J&J’s Orthopedics franchise. From 2013-16, he was Head of R&D for the Sports Medicine business at J&J. Mukund started his career in the Image Processing industry and has a bachelor’s and master’s in Electrical Engineering.
May 3rd - 5th, 2019
MIT Media Lab
Schedule subject to change. Check back regularly for more details!
|6:00 PM||Registration opens|
|8:00 PM||Event kickoff – Opening presentations|
|9:00 PM||Breakout participant pitching session|
|10:00 PM||Team formation|
|11:00 PM||Friday events end|
|9:00 AM||Saturday Kick-off|
|12:00 PM||Team Registration|
|7:00 PM||Practice Pitches|
|10:00 PM||Formal event ends|
|9:00 AM||Practice Pitches|
|1:00 PM||Final Presentations (3 min presentations + 2 min Q&A)|
|3:30 PM||Prizes presented|
|5:00 PM||Event ends|