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MedTech Boston: 2015 Brigham Hackathon Attracts Most Partners, Prizes, Participation to Date

Read MedTech’s coverage of the 2015 Brigham and Women’s (BWH) Hospital Hackathon.

The 3rd annual Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)-MIT Hacking Medicine Hackathon, which took place this past weekend, was the largest one to date by all metrics: number of corporate sponsors, awards, teams and mentors.

The hackathon began Saturday morning with a series of one minute pitches by attendees looking to form a team around a specific idea. Although most pitches were given by physicians, a large cohort of students from nearby medical schools also took the stage. Dayton McMillan, a first year med student at Harvard, proposed building a tool to display accurate radiation doses for patients prior to a CT scan in their medical record, in hopes that the metric would encourage providers to cut down on unnecessary scans. One Sloan MBA student and one MIT undergrad also came to the stage with plans to improve patient satisfaction and reduce errors in care transitions, respectively.

On the coding end, Boston-based health tech firm Kyruus had a strong showing of engineers and developers looking to form teams with the presenters. Developers from October’s BWH Shark Tank winners Memora Health and WatchRx also attended to hear pitches and help clinicians prototype interesting ideas. All in all, about 20 teams formed Saturday morning.

Read the full article here.

Images provided by the Brigham Innovation Hub.






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