Creating A Healthier Tomorrow With MedHack

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When you think of a hackathon, the first thing that comes into your mind is a bunch of people coding the night away, fueled by copious amounts of coffee and RedBull. While most hackathons are about finding solutions to current prevailing problems or new and innovative technologies, medical solutions are quite rare. Well, that’s about to change.

Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel held a launch event yesterday for MedHack 2017. MedHack 2017 would be the first medical hackathon to be held in Sri Lanka. Held in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, the launch of MedHack 2017 took place at the Mobitel Innovation Center at Trace Expert City, Maradana.

What is the purpose of MedHack 2017?

Well, MedHack aims to create a new generation of health solutions by harnessing the power of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and even advanced sensor technology. All this would possibly result in a healthier tomorrow for both us and the generations to come. Spearheaded by Mobitel, MedHack is also powered by eChanneling, Sri Lanka’s largest doctor channeling network.

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P.G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena, Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom addressing the gathering at the launch event of MedHack

How does one apply for MedHack 2017?

Well, during the preliminary stages of MedHack 2017, all you had to do is to click this link and submit a problem that you have faced in the health sector. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a problem, but it could even be a suggestion on how to improve a certain process regarding health. For example, if you feel that the time taken to prescribe and distribute medication to patients can be improved, that itself is a possible idea that you can submit. All submissions will then be reviewed by a panel of experts in the health industry to see which ones are feasible and those submissions will be the basis for competitive challenges that participating teams will have to address.

Dates to remember

Submissions for problems began on the 14th of July 2017 and ended on the 16th of August 2017.From there, a set of challenges was created based on the problems, and published on the 21st of August 2017. From there, registrations for MedHack 2017 opened on the 21st of August and will end on the 14th of September 2017.

When registering, teams (comprising of 5 members per team) can either pick a challenge from the given list or submit their own challenge and proposed solution. Once registrations are complete, teams will be shortlisted based on the applications and the selected teams will be announced on the 18th of September 2017. Following that, MedHack 2017 will take place from 9AM on the 23rd of September to 12 Noon on the 24th of September 2017 at Trace Expert City.

The winners of MedHack 2017 would receive a cash prize of LKR 200,000. Second place and third place teams would receive cash prizes of LKR 100,000 and LKR 50,000 respectively. If you and your team have any ideas or solutions to problems related to healthcare and health service, you can go ahead and sign up here.

1 COMMENT

  1. Before trying to digitize the country’s health sector, Mobitel should try to make their own echanneling website & mobile app more user friendly. At least, look at the doc.lk website & try to learn from that. Your mobile app ask the user to enter his whole birth certificate even before searching for a doctor. If I don’t want to do a booking & just check a doc’s availability, why should I give you my NIC, email, area, nationality, etc? Both your website & app are still from 80’s. Even a school leaver will do a better job… Same comment goes for your self care portal… another example for a stone age product. Please fix your own home before trying fix the neighborhood. Innovate yourself before anything else

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