The 4th annual Digital Health Hackathon took place on 5-6 December. In total, 6 teams were formed on day 1 who were challenged to work on various digital health solutions, ranging from voice recognition apps to new methods for distributing pharmaceuticals.
The winning team KidSmile was chosen by an expert jury who
liked the idea of an app that can guide parents in monitoring
their child’s early development. One of the founding members of
KidSmile and a physiotherapist at the North Estonia
Rehabilitation Center Anneli Lebert described
her experience: “The hackathon was a brilliant challenge. We
had only 48 hours to use all our prior knowledge and experience
to come up with a digital solution to an existing health care
problem.” Lebert mentioned that having inspirational speakers
and professional coaching gave the event additional value. The
teams received plenty of constructive feedback and were
encouraged to think outside the box.
According to the Estonian Connected Health Cluster manager
Piret Hirv, the hackathon proved that the
future of healthcare is bright. The Connected Health Cluster is
the largest health tech community in Estonia and is happy to
provide support for various digital health start-ups in
Estonia, including ideas coming out of the hackathon. “The
winners KidSmile received the prize of becoming the official
member of the Connected Health cluster. They will now continue
with their idea and get thorough coaching from various digital
health experts. KidSmile will also get the opportunity to
present their idea at an international conference”, said Hirv.
Other collaboration partners like NOVE law firm gave out
special prizes, such as free medical law counselling to Brimedy
whose idea is to sell essential pharmaceuticals in vending
machines. Another special prize went to voice recognition
app HealthVoice who received 500€ and the opportunity to pilot
their idea at the Ülemiste City.
All hackathon participants received various guidance from
healthcare and technology experts, among whom were specialists
from TalTech Health Care Technology program as well as mentors
from organisations such as the Estonian Health Insurance Fund,
the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Estonian Connected Health
Cluster, Ülemiste City, NOVE law firm, Helmes, the Estonian
Health Economy Association, Viveo Health and Fundwise.
Digital Health Hackathon teams:
KidSmile is a mobile app that aims to help parents monitor
their child’s motor and verbal skill development. All
information and guidelines provided within the app is based on
scientific evidence, making it a trustworthy support tool in
raising your child.
The goal of VocDec is to diagnose autism based on baby’s crying
patterns. Prior studies have shown that there is difference in
the cry of autistic babies when compared to others. Hence, this
technology could help early diagnosis and treatment for
autistic children and thus improve health outcomes.
HealthVoice is a software that offers an automatic voice
recognition tool for dentists. This way, healthcare
professionals can avoid entering data manually and can increase
their work efficiency through automatization.
Brimedy is a solution that guarantees 24/7 access to essential
pharmaceuticals, combined with the possibility to consult with
a pharmacist. Through combining the idea behind vending
machines and online stores, Brimedy offers an innovative
alternative to conventional pharmacies.
E-pregnancy card improves the lives of both patients and
healthcare workers through facilitating the ease of monitoring
and recording pregnancies. The solution is aimed at fast data
exchange between various healthcare institution in order to
provide the best possible care to pregnant women.
According to the United States Loneliness Index 2018,
approximately half of all Americans feel lonely. HiSun creates
a gamified user experience that will help you feel less lonely
and more aware on how to shift your moods and emotions
throughout the day.
Source: Estonian HealthTech Cluster