Interested in healthcare innovation?

Then this is the event for you!

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!

Interested in helping out? You can partner with us, become a sponsor, or sign up to be a mentor! Email grandhack@mit.edu for more information.

Twitter Hashtag: #GrandHack2019

Watch and listen to the full video below from our latest MIT Grand Hack in Boston from April 2018!

TRACKS

Grand Hack Track_icon invert - cancer

Cancer


We all know someone who has been touched by cancer – join MIT Hacking Medicine’s cancer track as we stand up to this condition and tackle problems across the patient care spectrum from the social stigma of hair loss to powering genomic driven clinical trial enrollment.  Spend the weekend stopping oncogenic drivers and boosting tumor suppressors with a passionate team of likeminded people seeking to make a dent in cancer.  This track will emphasize pain points within the lifecycle of the cancer patient journey & explore innovative ways to bring novel therapies to patients faster
Grand Hack Track_icon invert - mental

Mental Health


Millions of Americans live with a mental health condition. Many of us have felt the impact–whether directly or indirectly–of depression, anxiety, OCD, substance use, personality disorders, loneliness or burnout. Join others in the mental health track to tackle the broad range of pain points surrounding this complex field. How can we better detect and more accurately diagnose mental health conditions? How can we ensure broader access to care, especially for vulnerable populations, and improve retention in treatment? How can we continue to destigmatize mental health conditions? How can our society better accommodate those who live with chronic mental health conditions?
Grand Hack Track_icon invert - surgical

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?
Grand Hack Track_icon invert - AT

Assistive Technologies  & Rehabilitation

Eliminate pain, rehabilitate injury, and optimize performance—assistive technology allows us to push the boundaries of human ability for people living with disabilities. Rehabilitation offers a path for patients to restore some or all of their physical, sensory, and mental capabilities that were once lost due to injury, illness, or disease. How can we improve upon this process to better patient outcomes? What technologies can we develop to assist them in their journey to recovery? This track will discover innovative approaches aimed at supporting a patient’s ability to maintain a high level of independence by improving function and quality of life. 

STRATEGIC PARTNERS & SPONSOR CHALLENGES

VA_Seal_US_Dept

Digital HealthConsider 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 HealthThe 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 CareReimagine 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?

Hikma Logo_cmyk

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.

InterSystems Logo

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.

jnj_innovation_logo_horizontal_JPG_HI_RES

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?

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

VA_Seal_US_Dept


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

jnj_innovation_logo_horizontal_JPG_HI_RES


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

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

VA_Seal_US_Dept
bcbsma_new_3005_30bk[1]
Koch_Institute_Logo

GOLD SPONSORS

InterSystems Logo
Hikma Logo_cmyk
jnj_innovation_logo_horizontal_JPG_HI_RES

BLUE SPONSORS

bcbsma_new_3005_30bk[1]

SPONSORS

DavidMCJuFoundation_logoCMYK_stacked
athenahealth_logo_purple
Kyruus
Marble_Center_for_Cancer_Nanomedicine

Prizes, In-Kind, and Media Sponsors

Koch_Institute_Logo
Optum Logo
Print
Figure1Logo-1024x484
sandbox-square-socialmedia
MIT-InnovationInitiative-Logo_04-20-16_02
FHlogo-2color_1
cvs-health-logo-stacked
linQ-idea2 black
FeelTheData_AT_Logo_Lockup_v01

Schedule

Schedule subject to change. Check back regularly for more details!

Time Event 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
Time Event Details
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Saturday Kick-off
12:00 PM Team Registration
12:00 PM Lunch
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Practice Pitches
10:00 PM Formal event ends
Time Event Details
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Practice Pitches
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Final Presentations (3 min presentations + 2 min Q&A)
3:30 PM Prizes presented
5:00 PM Event ends