CLEVELAND – A wearable form factor that would help cancer patients with Peripheral Neuropathy was the big winner in the recent Cleveland Medical Hackathon presented by Nesco Reso.
More than 200 entrants competed for more than $40,000 in prizes at the second annual event that seeks to transform healthcare through innovation.
The overall winner and recipient of Intel’s Creativity Award for Best Use of Technology was the “H.A.N.D.” (Human Accessibility NeoSense Device). The device provides continuous simulated hand data outputs to cancer patients who may have lost the sense of touch due to chemotherapy or other treatments.
The group gathered at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Innovation Center to pitch ideas, form teams and create functioning projects over a 24-hour period.
Teams addressed four tracks central to healthcare: access redesign, care redesign, payment redesign and population health improvement. Area entrepreneurs, lawyers, public health experts, community members, technology specialists and patient advocates served as mentors and advisors to the teams.
A total of 29 teams made it to the final round of pitches and had five minutes to present in front of a panel of judges representing clinicians, healthcare providers, startup companies, funders and entrepreneurs.
Other winners included the FLARE app; a concussion screening technology; a heroin tracking and treatment dashboard; procedure cost estimate tool; an appointment booking app; a medical history tracking tool; a human health education tool; a “Distress Call” app and wearable; and an appointment platform.