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Achieving the Triple Aim Using Big Data: The Boston Scientific Big Data Challenge

The Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge is well underway, and submissions are beginning to roll in. The focus of this year’s challenge is Big Data, and participants are encouraged to submit ideas on how to improve patient outcomes, increase efficiency in delivering care, and drive down the cost of care using data analytics.

So far, four teams have submitted ideas for their chance to pitch-off at Google’s Cambridge headquarter on March 9, and win up to $50,000 of in-kind prizes.

  • Emily Lindemer of Hey,Charlie came onto MedTech Boston’s radar earlier this year at the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack. Since then, the team has been hard at work developing their mobile behavior modification platform for opioid addiction recovery. The app aims to help users recovering from addiction rebuild social environments and avoid relapse through behavioral nudges and notifications determined by data-driven predictive algorithms.
  • Murali Minnah of Wired Informatics plans to use natural language and processing technology to analyze SMS/text messaging and predict suicidal ideation or heightened psychiatric symptoms. By gleaning knowledge from unstructured data such as SMS/text, this team hopes to prevent suicide and heightened psychological distress in users.
  • Jeffrey Lucia believes that police officers should have access to anyone’s mental health history to help providers prevent mistreatment of medication and cognitive therapy.
  • Eric Luellen of Team Rx&You is developing a platform to assess medication adherence risks. The smart-device patient-engagement and monitoring platform uses AI to monitor behavior in real time, remind patients of their regimen, check for drug-drug interactions and notify treatment teams when necessary.

Submissions are open until January 7th, until which time participants can refine their ideas based on the feedback provided by of a expert judges and the community. Six finalists will then be chosen to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges at a live event at Google’s Cambridge Headquarters on March 9th.

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