2016 Cleveland Medical Hackathon Tracks

Fostering a community of innovation around healthcare is the main goal of this hackathon.  However, we also recognize that providing a frame of reference around a broad topic helps achieve that goal.

The 2016 Cleveland Medical Hackathon centers on the transformation of healthcare and its related systems.  What role can technology play in not only improving our care, but alter fundamentally how we access it and make it affordable?

Using this basic framework, participants in the Hackathon can come to the event with a basic kernel of an idea, pose a challenge, or present a technology.  Teams can form at the event around these ideas and move ahead with creating solutions.


Access Redesign.

We experience how technology can redefine our interactions with systems every day. From shopping to hailing a cab, technology changed the access game. The theme of this tract is how can we move beyond a waiting room, to a model where the “patient will see you now”.

Challenge:  How can we leverage technology to increase access levels among individuals or populations? How can these new tools provide access to care in non-traditional venues including community-based care, wellness, and environmental factors?

Payment Redesign.

The United States GDP healthcare spend continues to grow at an unsustainable rate. Technology, cost transparency, analytics and big data address how we can align the right treatment, to the right person at the right time for the right cost.


Challenge:  How can we incentivize better patient outcomes while simultaneously saving money?  How can technology manage the cost of care? How can we aligned and incentivize the establishment and maintenance of wellness and health? How can cost and value, change behaviors and health outcomes for individuals and populations?

Transforming Population Health

Across the Cleveland area’s municipalities, residents have a 17-year difference in life expectancy.  Health care only explains about 20% of that difference.  Hyperlocal data reveals enormous disparities in health, health care and the social determinants of health.


Challenge: How can we use data available at the census tract, municipality or zip code level to develop or evaluate interventions designed to improve health at the population level or to reduce health disparities?  Can we use real time data to predict needs or to enable people to live long, healthy lives?

Care Redesign:

Individuals are increasingly using technology to manage their health conditions, to track their exercise and food intake, and to engage social support networks. This technology generates data that could be aggregated to understand population-level trends and needs in health and wellness.  We are generating reams of data through the use of location-aware mobile devices, social media, and internet-connected appliances or technologies.


Challenge:  How do we develop technology solutions that understand the critical challenges of care?  How can we use data from public and non-public sources to reveal trends in population health, to identify the best opportunities for promoting health and wellness, and to enable people to live long, healthy lives?   How do we leverage technology to track behavior and enhance communication between healthcare providers and patients?  How do we balance privacy concerns with technology enabled tracking?