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The Cleveland Medical Hackathon Announces 2016 Winners

October 26, 2016 Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Medical Hackathon presented by Nesco Resource is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s competition and the winners of over $40,000 in prizes.  Now in its second year, the event brought together over 200 students, developers, designers, investors, engineers, programmers, clinicians, researchers, community members, patient advocates, and public health professionals from across the region and the around the country to transform healthcare through innovation.



Awesome Projects

The group gathered at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Innovation Center (located on the 4th Floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland) to pitch ideas, form teams, and over a 24 hour period create functioning projects.  Teams addressed four tracks central to healthcare: access redesign, care redesign, payment redesign, and population health improvement.  Area entrepreneurs, lawyers, public health experts, community members, technology specialists and patient advocates served as mentors and advisors to the teams.

A total of 29 teams made it to the final round of pitches and had 5 minutes to present in front of a panel of judges representing clinicians, healthcare providers, startup companies, funders and entrepreneurs.

The winners collectively will receive over $40,000 in cash, products and services provided by event sponsors.  The winners of the 2016 Cleveland Medical Hackathon are:

Overall First Place Hackathon Winner and
Winner of Intel’s Creativity Award for Best Use of Technology: H.A.N.D.

H.A.N.D. (Human Accessibility NeoSense Device) is a project seeking to improve the quality of life among people living with sensory disabilities.  The team came together to solve this problem with Sensors in a wearable form factor that would enable cancer patients suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy (a reduced ability to feel pressure or changes in temperature in fingers and feet) to regain their quality of life by continuously providing simulated hand data outputs..  This condition can be caused by many reasons including chemotherapy treatments.

Overall Second Place Hackathon Winner: FLARE

A team of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine students, public health experts and developers.  This team created the FLARE app, which uses crowdsourcing to bring potentially lifesaving help to people experiencing an opioid overdose.  Their solution allows bystanders witnessing an overdose to call to 9-1-1 and then alert and locate individuals nearby who possess Narcan or naloxone, lifesaving treatments for overdoses, and who could quickly lend assistance.

Winner of the Care Redesign Award and
Overall Third Place Hackathon Winner: Reflexion Interactive Technologies

Reflexion Interactive Technologies, developed by three Case Western Reserve University students, is a low cost method for conducting weekly concussion screenings among non-professional athletes.  During the Hackathon, these young entrepreneurs created a smaller, more portable version of their device to make it easier to deploy across athletic programs.

Winner of the Population Health Track Award: MagentaCare

MagentaCare, a dashboard for tracking & treating the heroin epidemic, was created by three Case Western Reserve University Medical Students with advanced training in engineering, business and public health. The tool combines various datasets to identify the best opportunities for intervention, such as identifying doctors prescribing the most opiates.  MagentaCare provides powerful visualizations that show how opiate abuse affects our communities, allowing public health agencies to select appropriate interventions and monitor their impact over time.  The solution combines information such as calls to the United Way 211 Help line, 9-1-1 calls, drug crime rates, hospital admissions, and overdose deaths.

Winners of the Payment Redesign Award & ELIGIBLE API Award: Clarity

Clarity is a patient-centered web app (for use on desktop & mobile) for fair out of pocket cost estimates for procedures.   Clarity provides easily accessible and understandable information about health care costs and resources to mitigate them. The tool enables patients to compare cost estimates with benchmark prices to compare providers and empowers patients with tips and tricks on how to negotiate healthcare bills and resources to minimize or negate healthcare costs

Winner of the Access Redesign AwardCUnow

CUnow is a patient-centric appointment booking application.  The tool allows for management of diagnostic appointments anywhere, anytime by turning the process from being requisition-centric to being patient-centric.  This creates a more human way of booking appointments similar to services such as Open Table and many airline booking sites.

Cyber Security Award:  MedLedger

MedLedger offers a way for an individual to track which providers have accessed their medical information and determine which provider has the most recent up-to-date version of their medical history.  This is a Secure Authentication Service that utilizes blockchain technology to allow medical organizations on different systems to communicate with a patient and one another easily and effectively with regards to requesting and tracking requests of private medical documents.  The authentication factors required to access the information in a blockchain ledger are constantly changing, rendering typical hacking techniques useless.

Winner of LiveStories Award for Best Data Visualization: StreetHealth

StreetHealth uses 3D virtual reality to teach health profession students about the connections between health and the social and environmental determinants of health. A team comprised of a public health graduate student and computer coders created an immersive VR experience which allows clinical students to visualize first-hand, the ways that stress, lead paint, violence and impoverished neighborhoods affect human health.  Their application used community health data from the Health Data Matters/LiveStories data repository and display it through 3-D models, interactive text, 360 degree photography, and animations.

Winner of Intel’s Creativity Award for Best Use of Technology: Distress Call

Distress Call is a crowdsourcing for first responder help.  A multipurpose app & wearable technology that uses Bluetooth to connect those in need of immediate emergency medical care for cardiac, respiratory, first aid, and allergic reactions to a network of qualified first responders while providing them your exact location even in a complex environment and locating needed resources nearby like AEDs.

Young Inventors Award: Gather

Gather is a platform that streamlines the appointment process by predicting the patient’s disease based on reported symptoms.  Students from St. Edward’s High School, a college-preparatory school in Lakewood, Ohio, created, within 24 hours, a working prototype based on machine-learning to address the Hackathon’s challenges in care and access redesign.

In addition to the winners of this year’s event, the Cleveland Medical Hackathon’s organizers and sponsors recognize the hard work, innovation, and creativity of all of the teams that presented projects including:

  • Bodies Done Right – exploring optimal use of virtual physical trainers.
  • Golden Ratio – partnering buddy activity with better eating.
  • HomeNotAlone – integrating patient generated health data in the mental health field aimed at reducing resubmission for mental health patients.
  • Kanja – a patient advocate mobile application that allows for patient control over vital medical information.
  • Beatin Betes – utilizing patient wait time in the ER for patient education on chronic conditions, such as diabetes.
  • Metamorform – analyzing e-facsimiles using artificial intelligence and the Metamorform algorithm to incorporate data into the EHR.
  • SUHP – Seek. Understand. Heal. People – human-centered precision public health data and social justice.
  • HeartBeat – wearable heart rate and sodium meter
  • Cure Quest – game app to improve juvenile cancer patient experience in treatment clinical trials.
  • PlainDoc – uses natural language processing to analyze health keywords using iOS + APIMedic + Watson, so that a Doctor’s transcript is translated to plain language.
  • Meds2Me – Improves patient access to medications utilizing new interfaces integrating existing EHR data, payer data and pharmacy inventory.
  • Neonatal Device Project – a device for earlier intervention with pediatric patients suffering birth asphyxia. Includes a custom bed design, user-interface electronics, and adaptable use for ambulances and hospitals to deliver therapeutic hypothermia.
  • Prescience Prescription – Physician Decision Support System that mines the EMR to predict patients genetics and how medical drugs will be metabolized by a patient
  • ALLI – crowdsourcing for help with an app focused on usability principles.
  • e-Corelab – a disease management program that helps patients stay compliant with treatment
  • I-HOPE – (Improving Health Outcomes Through Patient Empowerment) an educational web application to help people with limited digital skills be able to utilize information technology to manage their health.
  • Blacksands – aimed at improving security, scalability, and connectivity of medical applications and devices.
  • Aurora: Auspicious Autism: helps individuals with autism find employment that support and match their special skills and interests to create a meaningful alternative to traditional employment
  • Pain Sucks – a simple tool that can help translate pain into interpretive inputs for doctors, friends and family members to discuss with the patient.


The 2016 Cleveland Medical Hackathon was held in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit.  The top three winners from the event presented at the Summit during “The Challenge” session following Vice President Biden’s keynote speech for the event.

The Cleveland Medical Hackathon is presented by Nesco Resource, a national staffing and recruiting firm with a focus on IT and Engineering disciplines.  Major funding is provided by The Cleveland Clinic, Intel Corporation, and Eligible.  Sponsors for the event include covermymeds, OnBase by Hyland, HIMSS, Cuyahoga County, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Pfizer Oncology, Cleveland & Cuyahoga County Health Data Matters, SmartShape Design, and LiveStories.

Organizing partners include Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland & Cuyahoga County Health Data Matters, MetroHealth, The Global Center for Health Innovation, BioEnterprise, and Flashstarts.