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MIT H@cking Medicine to Host Digital Redesign Hackathon at 2014 BIO International Convention
[June 23, 2014]

MIT H@cking Medicine to Host Digital Redesign Hackathon at 2014 BIO International Convention

WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--

MIT H@cking Medicine is pleased to announce a four hour Digital Design Idea Hackathon, on Thursday morning, June 26 in conjunction with the 2014 BIO International Convention®┬áin San Diego, California.

"MIT (News - Alert) originated the Hacking spirit - creating clever solutions from existing technologies - and healthcare desperately needs more hacking. Digital solutions are rapidly improving healthcare while scaling access globally. It is an amazing time for new healthcare ventures, as healthcare spending in emerging countries is multiplying and digital healthcare serves as the foundation to drive growth and quality," said Zen Chu, faculty director for MIT's Hacking Medicine Initiative. "This hackathon will focus on giving BIO attendees a fun, interactive event to experience design thinking applied to healthcare, while crowd-sourcing high impact problems that can transform the patient experience."

"BIO is thrilled to partner with MIT H@cking Medicine to host this unique event designed to generate and encourage open innovation focused on healthcare's most pressing issues," said Scott Whitaker, President, BIO International Convention. "We look forward to engaging the industry and Convention attendees by sharing insights and perspectives on how to transform the global industry and continue to deliver on the promise of biotechnology to heal, fuel and feed the world."

The best solutions fundamentally change the quality and experience of care, but often require patients, caregivers, health professionals and product companies to change behaviors or collaborate for maximum impact. This event will gather this audience for aninteractive session to identify large opportunities and new business models where existing digital technologies - mobile, imaging, sensors, communication, telemedicine, software, etc. - can improve the patient experience and outcomes. MIT and BIO leaders will curate rapid-fire problem pitches, assembly of diverse teams, and application of the H@ckMed process and digital technologies to problem themes:

  • Terrible health experiences by patients & health professionals
  • Patient-doctor-caregiver communication breakdown
  • Largest gaps in diagnosis, care & engagement for particular disease journeys
  • Diagnosis & treatment ambiguity with actionable data from new tech
  • Testable ideas to pilot rapidly with Harvard Teaching Hospitals.

The event is open to all registered Convention attendees. Outsiders and attendees can contribute ideas to the event before, during and after the event at

About the BIO International Convention

The BIO International Convention regularly draws over 15,000 attendees, offers key networking and partnering opportunities and provides insights and inspiration on major trends affecting the industry.

Advance media registration is available for qualified reporters working full time for print, broadcast and web publications with valid press credentials. For registration, schedule at a glance and exhibitor information, visit 2014 BIO International Convention®. Once registered, search all attendees, sessions, events, exhibitors, partnering companies and more with myBIO.

To RSVP and learn more about the event, visit here.

About MIT H@cking Medicine

MIT's H@cking Medicine Initiative has infected thousands of engineers, health professionals and entrepreneurs on four continents with a passion to improve healthcare through entrepreneurship. Events bring together fresh and diverse perspectives of patients, students, engineers and entrepreneurs actively working alongside health professionals to identify big problems and sustainable business models. Hundreds of teams have formed around complex problems and tested thousands of solutions, resulting in many startup ventures and scientific collaborations with multinational companies.

MIT's healthcare hackathon process and content are openly shared and were developed in MIT's Healthcare Ventures course in collaboration with the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology Program. HackingMedicine has co-hosted events across the world by the Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals, the Department of Veterans Affairs, White House Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Ministry of Health for China, the Disruptive Innovations to Advance Clinical Trials Conference and a few multinational companies.

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