For over 36 hours, 180 students, clinicians, researchers, public health workers, software developers, and IT fanatics joined forces at the 3rd annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon hosted at the HIMSS Innovation Center at the downtown Global Center for Health Innovation on October 21-22.
Their goal? To propose tech solutions for the most pressing challenges in healthcare, many in the four tracks: Precision Medicine, Population Health, The Opioid Crisis and Public Health. Teams competed for more than $12,000 in cash prizes – and the opportunity to present to investors, clinicians, entrepreneurs and IT professionals at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit immediately following on Oct. 23-25. There was a huge range of ideas among the 24 presentations at the Medical Hackathon.
And the winners are:
GOLD ($7,000 prize)
CrasBand: CWRU students Josef Scheidt, Rohan Sinha and Nsisong Udosen.
(not present: Francesca McDonald and Rishi Maheshwari)
Imagine remotely monitoring a patient’s cardiac health at home – all from a wrist band capable of sensing stress levels, oxygen in the blood and electrical activity in the heart. That’s the concept developed by Team “CrasBand” (pronounced crossband), made up of three students from Case Western Reserve University. Like a Life Alert for heart patients, it uses biosensors to deliver real-time data to alert family members and then medical professionals
SILVER ($3,500 prize)
Go Go Health: Mikey Jiang, Russell Ratcliffe, Aron Gates
Health portals have become a leading tool in gathering and reporting medical data – but in Cleveland, 32 percent of the population doesn’t have access to the internet or a smart phone.
The “Go Go Health Portal” team aimed to bridge the “digital divide” with an SMS-based portal interface.
BRONZE ($1,750 prize)
Blind Sight: George Albercook, Victor Manske, Paul Haas
Team “Blind Sight” from Michigan developed a lightweight head gear and pendant system to help people who are blind or visually impaired navigate through unfamiliar environments and reduce injuries. The robotic hobbyists created a sensor system using $20 in parts and “open source” technology.