Healthcare Hackathon Updates

Healthcare hackathon season is upon us!  CAMTech kicked things off this past weekend with their Opioid Hackathon at District Hall, and Medstro’s first wave of online innovation challenges is in full swing.

The deadline for Philips Wearables & Chronic Care Challenge is less than three weeks away, and so far 14 teams are gunning for the $10k prize. Below are the latest batch of ideas on how to improve the management of patients with Chronic Care:

  • Recent studies have suggested that Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) might be an early indicator of cardiovascular events. Team Cre8MDI, led by Roy Wallen and David Cassidy, has proposed a low-cost, noninvasive and accurate method to measure aortic PWV.
  • Teddy Hodges of team BraceUnder has developed compression tights with customizable attachments for musculoskeletal conditions around the knee. The garment is also connected, and communicates data collected (including step/standing activity) via Bluetooth.
  • Only 20% of patients prescribed cardiac rehabilitation actually enroll. Harsh Vathsagam of team Moving Analytics has developed a mobile device based cardiopulmonary care management program that can be used in conjunction with a suite of wireless devices, including Fitbits, Withings scales and Omron Blood Pressure monitors.
  • Prabhat Singh of team Nozpad has proposed a sensor that can be mounted on glasses that measures and tracks breathing rhythm. The initial target of the sensor will be patients suffering from or at risk of sleep apnea.
  • Over 300 million people suffer from Asthma, COPD and rare lung disease. Ryan Roberts, Ryan Reichlyn, Bill Eschenbacher, and Brian Daugherty of team My Spirometer have developed a low cost technology for accurately measuring and routinely monitoring lung function. The connected handheld device can also transmit results to an iOS/Android device, or desktop computer.
  • Tim Valk of team Admetsys has developed a “smart” pancreas that measures and maintains blood sugar levels in hospitalized diabetics. Proper control of glucose levels will decrease complications, speed recovery, and reduce costs.
  • David Mou of Valera Health is addressing the problem of patients that suffer from co-morbid medical and mental health problems. His solution helps to identify patients at risk of depression by collecting data, actively and passively, via smartphone app, and connecting them to the appropriate care.
  • Herb Ryan is working to keep patients suffering from chronic conditions hydrated. His concept, Bitome, is a wearable device that leverages magnetic resonance to non-invasively probe the water concentration inside the user’s body. The data collected from the device is then analyzed, and its software pushes reminders to drink water to the user’s smartphone.
  • Obesity is a growing problem among adolescents in the United States. Shawn Medford has developed Exersaur, a dinosaur avatar smartwatch and smartphone that encourages physical activity through gamification of exercise and play.

Do you have ideas about how to improve the management of patients suffering from chronic conditions? Submit your idea to the Philips Wearables & Chronic Care Challenge today!

Abigail Ballou

Abigail Ballou

    Abby Ballou is the managing editor of MedTech Boston. She has a B.A. and M.Phil in English literature from NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center, respectively. When she isn't writing and editing for MedTech Boston, Abby enjoys reading, rock climbing, watching classic movies and listening to opera.

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