On March 18-20, 2016, at the MHEALTH HACKATHON in Brussels, digital innovators came together to create more effective, break-through ideas than they would by working alone. The hackathon was organised by Advance Healthcare and supported by a stellar group of partners from industry, healthcare and government (Pfizer, IBM, BASE, Artilium, Partena, Mutualités Libres/Onafhankelijke Ziekenfondsen as well as Belgian Ministers De Croo and De Block). Their experts were available throughout the hackathon for advice and contacts.
The MHEALTH HACKATHON was built around 18 real-world challenges identified by top minds in the Belgian healthcare and technology space. More specifically, solutions developed at the Brussels hackathon could 1) bring healthcare home to millions of patients, empowering patients and healthcare professionals to manage health problems remotely or from the patient’s home, 2) create new services that absolutely delight patients, making healthcare services more convenient, less complicated, less stressful and generally more delightful to experience, 3) tackle over- and underconsumption of medicine – medication adherence is still one of the biggest problems, that if solved would save billions of euros and radically improve outcomes, 4) introduce performance metrics for mHealth apps, 5) protect and further improve Belgium’s competitive advantage in clinical trials, and 6) develop novel tools for personalised chronic disease prevention, all leading to exciting new healthcare businesses.
During the mHealth Hackathon, participants had access to a range of free resources and expertise provided by more than 30 “superheroes” (experts available for immediate advice and feedback). Superheroes included physicians, nurses, patients, senior managers at hospitals, technology experts and media companies. That’s in addition to the support and expertise provided by our sponsors and partners.
The jury included Ri De Ridder (Director General, Riziv), Xavier Brenez (CEO, MLOZ), Catherine Rutten (CEO, Pharma.be), Frank Ponsaert (kabinet De Block), Shahram Sharif (CEO, Lindacare) and Katrin Geyskens (Partner, Capricorn Venture Partners).
The winners were Momala, a low cost malaria diagnostic solution (1st place), iMoveUp, a knee surgery rehabilitation program (2nd), and Willy, a diagnostic solution for erectile dysfunction (3rd place). All of the 12 projects deserve credit, however, since the all round quality was exceptional.
- Dragonfly: a burnout prediction tool
- Fiore: a menopause support solution
- GMD+ adoption: a patient-doctor communication tool to drive adoption of medical records
- HelpMate: a matchmaking people with chronic illness and volunteer helpers
- iMoveUp: online knee rehabilitation program
- MediMate: medication app that connects patient with GP and pharmacist
- MediZen: mobile patient monitoring for aenesthesist
- Momala: mobile malaria labs
- myHealthBox: the patient as data broker of his/her own data
- PillPlan: medication app that connects patient and pharmacist
- Willy: easy diagnosis of erectile dysfunction
- Yagram Health: patient engagement tool for maternity clinics