This past weekend the Team Health 2.0 was in Cambridge, MA for the “Hacking Medicine” Code-a-Thon at MIT.  Health 2.0 partnered with the Hacking Medicine team (Zen Chu – EIR at the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, Elliot Cohen – MBA candidate at MIT Sloan, and Allen Cheng – MD/PhD candidate at Harvard and MIT) to produce the two-day event which took place at the legendary MIT Media Lab and attracted over 100 participants representing a range of disciplines including computer science, business, and medicine.

The morning of Day 1 focused on presentations from leading digital health thought leaders including:

  • Jaime Heywood (PatientsLikeMe)
  • Sutha Kamal (Massive Health)
  • Sridhar Iyengar (AgaMatrix)
  • Bob Nix (athenahealth)
  • Zen Chu (MIT Entrepreneurship Center)
  • Joe Smith (West Wireless Health)
  • Craig Lipset (Pfizer)
  • William Shih (Harvard Medical School)
  • Joshua Rosenthal (Eliza)

In the afternoon participants pitched their best ideas with teams forming around the most compelling concepts.  The teams worked together throughout the rest of the day (and into the night) to develop their concepts.  On Day 2 there were more than a dozen team pitches with six $1,000 prizes awarded to the best presentations.

The winning teams were Podimetrics, UpDoc, Home Team Therapy, Inc., Open Image, CUE and Group Diagnostics.  Each team received $1,000.

  • Podimetrics presented an idea for a shoe insole that has a foot sensor to measure changes in pressure for diabetics
  • UpDoc presented on project management for patient-provider interaction
  • Home Team Therapy presented a Kinect-based home rehab
  • Open Image created a social networking platform to evaluate medical images
  • Cue presented an idea on a patient inventory and relationship management system using RFID
  • Group Diagnosis presented an idea that providers to contribute/communicate to evaluate patients and game dynamics to rank providers

It was a pleasure to work with the Hacking Medicine team on their first event and we share their belief that there are many hackable areas in medicine that hold the promise for the birth of disruptive healthcare companies.