For the second year in a row, MIT Hacking Medicine brought together engineers, designers, developers, and clinicians interested in health care innovation.
One of the largest health care hackathons in the world, this year’s event drew 80 teams and 450 participants from around the globe. For 48 hours, teams developed solutions to health care challenges within four tracks—global health, primary care, telemedicine, and wearables. At the end of the weekend, the winning teams were awarded prize money and mentorship opportunities.
“All of us have a stake in what the future of health care looks like because all of us will interface with the health care system at some point in our lives. Health hackathons like the Grand Hack bring diverse stakeholders under one roof and allow them to create that future together,” Lina Colucci, co-director of MIT Hacking Medicine and a PhD student in the MIT-Harvard Health Sciences and Technology program, told Medtech Boston.
Among this year’s winning ideas:
Global health track
Nyweza, a safety-enhanced device that can easily be installed on motorcycles. The device’s target audience is women in low- and middle-income countries.
Primary care track
My Proxie, an online service that allows users to designate a health care proxy and backup in 30 seconds. The program also provides resources and decision-making tools for advance care planning.
Cancer Companion, a virtual navigator that helps patients coordinate their treatment plan, following them from diagnosis to completion of treatment.
Pillar, a smart bracelet birth control dispenser, helps a patient get back on track via a mobile application when it detects noncompliance.
“The creativity and productivity demonstrated at the MIT Hacking Medicine event was very impressive. We are looking forward to following up with the teams on further interaction,” says Ulrich Betz, head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Incubator, at Merck KGaA, Germany, one of the sponsors of the event.