Is hackathon in oncology a plausible way to foster innovation? An experiential narrative account of conducting Hacking Cancer

Lewis, Shirley and Rao, Chythra R and Shenoy, Padmaja Ananth and Salins, Naveen and Viveganandan, Rangan and Mukhopadhyay, Chiranjay and Prabhu, Krishnananda and Rao, Sharath K (2021) Is hackathon in oncology a plausible way to foster innovation? An experiential narrative account of conducting Hacking Cancer. BMJ Innovations, 7. pp. 164-174. ISSN 2055-8074

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Abstract

Background Hackathons are a popular trend in the technology domain and is considered a powerful tool to spur creativity and innovation.In a health hackathon, an interdisciplinary team of health, technology and management experts work collaboratively to solve a common problem.Health hackathon can be one of the quickest means to derive technology or process-based solutions to the challenges faced by clinicians.Methods A 2-day hackathon: Hacking Cancer was conducted at a tertiary cancer centre in India to develop quick, cost-effective solutions in cancer care. Twelve oncology-related problem statements were explored. Undergraduate and postgraduate students of health and dental sciences, pharmacy, nursing, engineering and business management were the participants.Outcomes One hundred and fifty-seven participants expressed interest, and 90 participated in the event. The participants did a time-bound exploration of 12 challenges in oncology elucidated problem statements. The oncology specialists mentored the participants during the hackathon. Seventeen teams presented their solutions. Judges reviewed the solutions and scored the teams based on feasibility, relevance and applicability. The top-scoring three projects were acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) better-improving adherence to treatment in ALL patients, Donate Life— application for voluntary blood donation and Lumiflex—a novel illuminated flexible abdominal retractor. They received seed funding to develop prototypes and implement their ideas. Conclusion Hacking Cancer was an effective way of developing quick, cost-effective solutions to the common problems faced in cancer care. The pool of local participants developed solutions that were relevant and applicable to the practice setting. This one was the first oncology themed hackathon in the country

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Biochemistry
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Cardiology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Microbiology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Orthopaedics
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Radiotherapy and Oncology
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 10:30
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 10:30
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/157324

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