Amazon hack generates the future of healthcare technology

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Posted on the 31st July 2017

IT experts and clinicians recently combined their brain power to create three exciting new digital healthcare solutions in the final session of a series of linked hack events.

Medical staff from all over the North West Coast joined forces with Amazon Web Services tech and IT specialists for the Think Digital Hackathons at Lancaster University.

Organised in partnership with Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria STP, Lancaster University, The Innovation Agency, Connected Health Cities and Amazon, the new digital innovations will improve the way health and social care services are delivered for the benefit of patients.

At previous sessions, health professionals were invited to pitch their ideas of how to improve healthcare using Amazon’s latest technology – from artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IOT). Read our earlier report here

The 46 participants were invited to vote for the top three ideas which were taken forward and developed at the final event Think Digital: The Hack on 25 July at Lancaster University’s InfoLab21.

During the hack, the participants divided into three teams each with an Amazon architects, developers and medical staff, all working together to design their innovations from scratch.

After just a few hours, the first group had created a Fluid Monitoring System using an IOT sensor which will measure the fluid input and output for patients with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and notify the ward monitoring system of deteriorating renal function.

The second group developed a Voice Medication Management system using Alexa to support older people living independently in their own homes and remind them to take their medication.

Meanwhile, the third group set up a Primary Care Virtual GP using Amazon Connect and Lex.

Dr Bapi Biswas, Dr Bapi Biswas, a partner at Beacon Primary Care based in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale, explained: “It’s truly incredible – we’ve set up a call centre in just three minutes which can direct patients to the pharmacy for their prescriptions and provide reliable directory of services, relieving the pressure on front-line receptionists in GPs’ surgeries.”

Declan Hadley, digital lead for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria STP, said: “The hack has been a tremendous success uniting technical and medical staff with a diverse range of skills. Their ideas have been inspiring and with support from Amazon Web Services we can turn them into reality.”

Nick King, Business Development Manager at InfoLab21 and Connected Health Cities lead added: “It’s been an amazing day. The teams came up with some fantastic concepts and did a great job to progress so far with them in just one day. They brought such energy and commitment – it was a great example of people working together and is very exciting for the future of healthcare.”

As well as clinicians and IT staff, members of the Senate patient and public engagement group attended the Hack which they found to be a real eye opener.

Sam Omar commented: “I’m impressed with what I’ve seen today – the quicker we start to embrace new technology the better.”

  • No patient data is, was or will be used as part of this event series.

Click to watch a short overview video of the Hackathon.

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