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Hacking Health was held for a second time at HIC! This time in Melbourne. Again the excitement and enthusiasm of the event was amazing to see. Facilitated by Luc Sirios and Dr Phillip Olla from the international Hacking Health movement, Hacking Health was held as a separate but integral part of the annual HIC Conference to highlight innovation in healthcare and provide an opportunity for solutions to be developed over three days.

With over 100 participants, 22 pitches and 16 teams presenting solutions the event was always busy, collaborative and competitive. We were well supported by our sponsors CSC and Amazon Web Services, many supporting organisations, and a great range of mentors providing their expertise and time to the project teams. Indeed, the Canadian facilitators commented on the quality of the expertise and ideas that were brought to the event.

Project team ideas and innovative solutions covered a broad range of areas and new technologies including digital tools for improved patient experience, tools for carers records, ibots for mental health and dietary advice, medical devices for hospital hygiene, interventions for malaria, knowledge based apps for consumer health awareness etc. We thank all teams for their participation and putting their energy and time into the event. Thank you!

We recognise and congratulate our winning teams

winner11st Place – Amelie.ai
Development of a guided conversation through artificial Intelligence powered by chatbot.
To support mental health providers with a new channel to connect with people in need.

winner22nd Place – DSLX- Web Reader for Dyslexics
Development of an app that converts web pages into dyslexic friendly format to increase web accessibility.

winner33rd Place – Renal Mobile App
An information resource presented in an interactive and ‘rich’ multimedia streams (picture-flipcharts, songs/music, videos, gamification and stories) and also translated into different aboriginal languages appropriate to the community using Global Positioning System technology (GPS) which will make the information easy to understand in their own language.

People’s Choice – Patient Experience – CHIMP
Child Health Integrated Mobile Passport – The intended scope of the proposed prototype is to provide authorised care providers, care givers and patients mobile/online access to a range of services and information.

Honourable Mentions:
•    Ai for Meal Planning and Mindful Eating
•    Patient Experience – Acute and Chronic Care
•    Safe Sink

We will keep track of their progress and report later in the year.

winnerteamFinally, HISA would like to thank the judges for their time and support and everyone else involved with organising and supporting Hacking Health, in particular our Hacking Health Ambassador for 2016 Dr Grace Lai and on the ground support from Shmuley Goldberg.


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