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All weekend teams of engineers, statisticians, and medical professionals collaborated over large pizzas and big data, and Sunday evening the judges of MIT’s Critical Data Marathon announced the hackathon’s winners. In this 2-day long event, the participants were given an extremely rich data set: almost 10 years of data from the Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel Hospital, a database called “MIMIC II.” With a database like this, the teams attempted to find patterns that will ultimately help physicians make important  decisions in fast-paced medical environments like the ICU.

The Beth Israel ICU data was de-identified, meaning patient names and specifics were obscured. As an added layer of security, everyone participating in the event sign a “data use agreement,” promising not to share the database with anyone. Hackathon judge and MIT professor Roger Mark explains that “the uniqueness about MIMIC is that you have enough cases and enough detail so that it’s possible to pretty good retrospective study on a lot of interesting and important clinical questions.”

In total, 11 teams participated in this event, including one team that video conferenced their presentation from London. All teams had 48 hours to glean as much as possible from this enormous well of patient statistics.

What solutions did they find? As we reported yesterday, Team Oxygenators looked at all the parameters that affect oxygenation of an ICU patient and how this affects outcomes. And Team PreDeRa presented their idea for a mobile app that can help predict death rates and guide clinical decision about end-of-life care.

But after a long drumroll, the grand prize of $500 went to Team MIMIC.

Team members included:

  1. Joseph Paonessa, MD (internal medicine resident at BIDMC)
  2. Aaron Mittel, MD (anesthesia resident at BIDMC)
  3. Thomas Schaus, MD PhD (Research Fellow at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard)
  4. Karl Jablonowski, MS (University of Washington School of Medicine )
  5. Brian Malley BS (Medical student at Oakland University School of Medicine)
  6. Wendy Chen, PharmD (clinical pharamacist at BIDMC)

Here’s the team and their description of their solution.

Second place and $300 went to Team ‘Some Like it Hot,’ who evaluated the relationship between Tylenol and mortality rates. Third place and $100 went to Team ICU Bouncers, who tasked themselves with building a model to keep patients out of the ICU who would not benefit from an ICU stay.

The event organizer and hackathon hero Andrea Ippolito worked the event, making sure all presentations stayed on time and on topic. All teams were encouraged to keep the ball rolling and continue working with the MIMIC data and create applications for clinical use.

“We were all extremely impressed. I was amazed at what you guys were able to do,” said Mark. “Understanding it [the MIMIC database] and getting anything meaningful out of it is not a trivial exercise. I hope this will be the beginning of a lot more work as time  goes on.”

Sony Salzman

Sony Salzman

    At MedTechBoston, we are sharing stories about cutting-edge medical innovation. As Managing Editor, I help coordinate our coverage of hackathons and company profiles. I also create content, update our social media and scout stories. I'm part of an ambitious group of people hoping to inspire a tech revolution in medical care.

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