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BeHealth hackathon – what did you miss?

7 December 2017 - 11:03

The beHealth Hackathon organized by the cluster, the Mutualités Libres, Partena Ziekenfonds and Partenamut, was the opportunity to develop digital solutions for 9 social problems related to our health. The event has gathered in a weekend a hundred people from both medical and IT world. The solutions imagined in 42h will certainly help to improve the health of patients, young mothers, elderly people, chronically ill, … Tomorrow, they will change their lives.

Classical hackathons were themselves hacked during this week-end

Hackathon is not a new concept but for this edition, we wanted to innovate by not only create solutions using new technologies but by involving healthcare professionals. Indeed solutions developed during hackathons are often really innovative but disconnected from reality. The organizers asked thus their problematics to hospitals, healthcare institutions or homecare to develop user based challenges. Among the 12 challenges proposed by the health professionals, 9 were selected by the participants.

This unique event was made possible thanks to the support of involved sponsors like innoviris, IBM, Pfizer, King Baudouin Foundation and the coaching offered by a large panel of more than 20 experts in various fields, among which for sketching, designing and prototyping their solutions. Technical support were also provided with connected devices but also technologies and services proposed by IBM (Bluemix, Watson, …).

4 teams rewarded

Even if all the solutions developed during the week-end will be coached by the cluster and supported by the partners and sponsors, 4 teams were awarded by a high level jury:

  • Best Patient Centric: Posas or how to improve the treatment of burn scars?

The Posas project makes it possible to monitor burn scars at distance.  Monitoring helps to reduce the negative effects. The combination of UA / Oscare medical experiments, and Awell and Andaman7 techniques, has enabled the development of a digital solution for tracking these scars.

  • Best Business Case: Emergency card (e-Finger) or how to create a medical passport for the elderly to insure a good follow-up at the hospital?

Every day in Brussels hospitals, an unknown patient is treated. Finding who this person is takes a lot of time and has a cost. That’s why the team has developed a fingerprint system to solve this problem.

  • Best Innovative Project: Telemonitoring (HiClaude) or how to improve the health of elderly people by increasing their commitment to post-hospital care?

The team has developed a prototype of a medical device that makes it possible to take the vital parameters of the elderly in a discreet and automatic way.

Among these, a team will receive a prize of 10.000 euros from the King Baudouin Foundation for the creation of its startup. Connected health objects were offered to members of the winning teams, as well as communication and marketing support offered (worth 6.000 euros per team) by the RMN press group.

A fourth team was awarded by the public: MiFlow, for their digital migraine management solution.