Unpack the Hack: Recapping the 4th Annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon

Unpack the Hack: Recapping the 4th Annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon

The Cleveland Medical Hackathon, now in its fourth year, was hosted at the HiMSS Innovation Center at the Global Center for Health Innovation on October 20-21, 2018. To add an element of surprise this year, the Hackathon challenge was revealed during the event’s opening remarks, giving the teams less than 24 hours to develop solutions and tools that utilize social determinants of health at the neighborhood level to keep people healthy and help to better manage chronic disease.

Teams worked through the night coding and preparing their pitches, while some scattered throughout the HIMSS Innovation Center to catch some shut-eye. Presentations began bright and early the next morning and were judged by our group of dedicated volunteers. Judges included Christel Anderson, HIMSS; David Kaelber, MetroHealth System; John Paganini, Paguar Informatics; Anne Richie, Jumpstart; JD Romero, Cleveland Clinic Innovations; Scott Shane, Comeback Capital Fund;   David Sylvan, UH Ventures; and Nitin Walia, Ashland University.

The Cleveland Medical Hackathon and its’ Steering Committee were honored to be able to offer tremendous resources to participants this year that was achieved only through the support of our sponsors and partners. Teams gained access to Google BigQuery along with a team of Googlers, datasets from HIMSS Analytics, and access to the Epic Sandbox and two Epic developers. These resources allowed participants to bounce their ideas off of experts from the industry, challenge their own ideas, and to visualize and extrapolate data in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

Through the offered resources, winning teams each took a different spin on the challenge and competed for prize packages totaling $5,000.

  • First Place: Case for Happiness, created a solution for postpartum depression
  • Second Place:  HealthCyCLE, created a concept for on-demand home healthcare
  • Third Place: Hypotech, created a wearable to monitor hypoglycemia.

The Hackathon is a joint effort of a Steering Committee consisting of members of the local Innovation ecosystem and our sponsors. Colleagues from BioEnterprise, Case Western Reserve University and CWRU School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Innovations,  HIMSS, Jumpstart, MetroHealth, and UH Ventures come together to develop the programming for the event. The logistical and monetary support from both the committee and sponsoring companies are what make the Cleveland Medical Hackathon possible and scalable for the future.

Sponsors included:

  • Ashland University MBA Programs
  • Covermymeds
  • OnShift
  • Onix
  • Philips
  • Softheon
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • University Hospitals

Be sure to mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon, taking place October 19-20, 2019!

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