The sixth annual HealthHacks was a hybrid event held in person at the VCU College of Engineering’s East Hall, the Engineering Research Building and online on November 6-7. Hosted by VCU Engineering, in collaboration with the VCU Health Innovation Consortium and a number of schools across the VCU medical campus, this year’s theme was Reimagining Medical Education: Physical Technologies, Software Design and Products.
Participants had 24 hours to innovate and create solutions to medical education conundrums. Students were encouraged to work in teams and use innovative tools and resources, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
The event concluded Sunday afternoon with the awards and closing ceremony. Four teams prevailed: Team Wayfinder, the Active Learning League, Team Achieve and Team Regen.
First place went to Team Wayfinder for a mobile phone-based app for patient use following a visit to a physician. The app gives patients simplified versions of their medical documents and highlights important instructions, prescriptions and appointments.
Second place went to the Active Learning League for their medical curriculum that aims to train health care professionals to understand Social Determinants of Health and limit patient cost. The robust curriculum will equip medical students to serve a diverse group of clients.
Team Achieve took home third place for a platform to help make healthful choices after doctor visits. The app provides simple, safe and efficient support for healthy lifestyles such as keeping track of prescribed medication and self-care tasks recommended during a doctor’s appointment.
Team Regen received a special award from Capital One for creating an app for medical professionals to share instructions with patients. The app allows physicians to share helpful links to patients about their health history and keep efficient track of their medication.