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MIT HackMed Grand Hack – CAMTech Global Health Technology Track

By Amy Wachler | 10 Apr, 2015

The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) is excited to once again join MIT Hacking Medicine for the HackMed Grand Hack 2015 from April 24-26 in Boston/Cambridge. Are you Interested in innovating for healthcare’s toughest pain points? This is the weekend to meet, ideate, and hack with hundreds of like-minded entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, and healthcare professionals.

The CAMTech Global Health Track is focused on developing innovative medical technologies for pressing health challenges faced in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with a special focus on global trauma care and pedestrian safety. Major disparities exist in the access, quality and cost of healthcare provided in developed versus developing countries, leading to a disproportionately larger burden of preventable diseases and conditions in poor-resource settings. In 48 hours, teams will move from globally relevant ideas to prototypes that have the potential to transform healthcare around the world. Winning innovations from the hack-a-thon will be awarded funds, ongoing mentorship and access to LMICs networks by CAMTech.

We’re calling on clinicians, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and end-users to co-create and catalyze innovation on this pressing challenge, and invite discussion about the development of new health technologies, processes and business models to address trauma and pedestrian safety on a global scale.

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Smitha Gudapakkam Replied at 3:30 PM, 16 Apr 2015

CAMTech is been working with several of its partners in low- and middle-income countries to identify challenges around trauma and pedestrian safety. We want to open the discussion and invite experts in the field to share challenges in trauma and pedestrian safety that see on a day to day basis. Your insights will be extremely valuable to innovators who are passionate about tackling these challenges to improve health outcomes in LMICs.

Smitha Gudapakkam Replied at 3:53 PM, 16 Apr 2015

This comprehensive report from WHO on Road Safety provides an eye-opening insight into the global burden of road traffic injuries. Road traffic injuries are estimated to be an eight leading cause of death globally in 2012. Over a third of road traffic deaths in low- and middle-income countries are among pedestrians and cyclists. Less than 35% of low-and middle-income countries have policies in place to protect these road users. CAMTech is looking to drive attention and innovation towards this public health crisis.

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Leonard Davolio Replied at 6:20 PM, 16 Apr 2015

Hi Amy, Love the event and thanks for the heads up. It would appear as
though the date to "apply" was April 13. Is that extended?

Paul Gonza Replied at 12:13 AM, 17 Apr 2015

Hello Smitha,

Thank you for the attached WHO document. I am currently working on a project entitled "Occupational health hazards among Boda bodas (commercial motorcyclists) in Kira Town Council, Wakiso district, Uganda." This report will be very helpful as I embark on writing my literature review. The rise of motorcycles as a means of private, public and commercial urban transport is evident in Uganda. This has come to bridge the huge transportation gap in most towns here. Unfortunately, the rise of commercial motorcycles has been accompanied with increased levels of injuries. Injuries and death due to road traffic crashes are a growing epidemic although public health policy responses to tackle this problem remain silent.

Amy Wachler Replied at 11:29 AM, 17 Apr 2015

Hi Leonard and Paul,

Thank you for your interest in the Grand Hack and the report. Leonard, although applications have closed, we would welcome your input and discussion during the event during our online clinical challenge discussions that we'll be updating regularly throughout the hack-a-thon. We would love to have you both weigh on and offer insight, expertise and mentorship to our track participants as they pose problem pitches and look for feedback on their ideas and prototypes that address pedestrian safety and trauma care in low-and middle-income countries. Please check back regularly to our community discussions, follow along on Facebook and Twitter (CAMTech and @CAMtechmgh and @mithackmed) and we hope to see you at the event virtually!

Amy Wachler Replied at 4:13 PM, 23 Apr 2015

CAMTech has identified several clinical challenges related to Pedestrian and Road Safety. Global Health Track participants are encouraged to work on these during the Grand Hack, and we welcome feedback in this discussion forum from experts who might want to weigh in and share their knowledge and perspective on these issues.

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