health++: Stanford’s Annual Health Hackathon

This weekend we partnered with health++, Stanford’s annual health hackathon. Organized by SHIFT, a student group that empowers students to move healthcare forward, the weekend brought together countless individuals and departments from within Stanford, as well as many partners from outside. Many of these contributed problem pitches, mentors, data sets, APIs, and/or prizes for the participants.

As an example, Dr. Anoot Rao from Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital pitched no less than seven ideas ripe for hacking that he had pulled from team members inside the hospital. He then stuck around for the entire weekend to mentor each team that took on one of those problems. (And he wasn’t the only Stanford physician to do so!)

Many participants came all the way from Asia to participate in the previous week’s Stanford Medical Innovation Seminar, which culminated in the hackathon on the weekend. The international flair was definitely felt and valued, as many of the projects tackled health problems in China, India, and other foreign countries.

With over 300 registered participants, and almost 50 problems pitched, there was no shortage of great ideas and great talent to carry them forward. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • A mobile EEG that EMT’s can administer on an ambulance, and results an be transmitted to a physician for analysis.
  • An electronic medical record-based software focused on reducing 30-day readmissions of sepsis patients.
  • MediBot (the winner!): A Facebook chatbot to help Medicaid patients determine their eligibility for coverage.

We were incredibly impressed with the technical talent of the participants, the wide variety of partners from within and outside of Stanford that participated in the weekend, and with the dedication of the organizers to put together such a smooth event for everyone involved.

You can check out all the projects and prize winners on DevPost, and photos from the event on Facebook.

We’re already looking forward to 2018!

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