Hacking Health KL

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Yup, we have announced our hackathon event to be held in January 2018. We will have exciting partners! Watch this space for more announcements!

We will be having several events leading up to the Health Hackathon.

The theme will be “Connecting the elderly : Changing healthcare for older folks”. If you have a project or an idea in mind, we would soon love to hear all about it!

Winning this hackathon can potentially open up many opportunities and catapult your project to success.

Collaboration is always exciting to hear but an extremely difficult task to execute. Finding the right partners strategically and socially can be as random as throwing a dice.

Healthcare has always been about collaborative teamwork. No one can function in isolation. Developing innovative solutions for healthcare is similar and requires full understanding of the complexities of delivering healthcare, from knowledge of the profoundly rapid change in medical knowledge to the intricate know how of the healthcare machinery.

At Hacking Health, we have always been passionate about creating an atmosphere that is not contentious but conducive in fostering positive constructive dialogue between the vastly different fields that need to amalgamate, if ideas are to become a reality. Fostering a win-win solution with our sponsors and partners remain one of our philosophies and cementing our moto “We are here to help with no strings attached!”

Reimagining Healthcare

Imagining the future of healthcare is not easy. Hollywood has often shaped the visions of the future through the powerful silver screen. The imaginations are brought to life showcasing futuristic technologies. From the teleportation in Star Trek to the brain-computer interface powering another alien life in Avatar, it all just seems possible today.

One thing is true, the human imagination today drives the technologies of tomorrow. At Hacking Health, we believe that there is no idea too wild or too​inconceivable.

Reimagining healthcare starts with ideas. Fresh ideas from the generation that has gone through the trials and tribulations, to the young ones eager to share their ideas, with naivety as their strength. Spawning this transgenerational discussion is key to understanding the complexities of healthcare, the realities and difficulties of change and the necessity to embrace new ideas.

Stay tuned to this space.

There are many individuals wondering what on earth does Hacking Health do. Hackers have never come with positive impressions, so why would one want to be part of this?

At Hacking Health, we endeavor to build a community where conversations and ideas are free flowing. This culture must be cultivated if we are to succeed in improving the healthcare IT landscape.

Do we need to be IT savvy to be part of this revolution? Do we need to be cash rich to be part of this phenom?

The technology surrounding artificial intelligence is growing at an exponential rate. Its uses is growing rapidly and will soon be intertwined into the fabric of healthcare. It is undeniable now that this is the future of healthcare. The capabilities of machines are outpacing the evolution of Man. The expansion of knowledge is so enormous that soon Man can no longer master the breath and also the rapid evolution of knowledge. The monstrosity of genomic data is an example of how ill equipped the human brain is in processing this vast amount of data.

This exciting field will revolutionise healthcare. Watch this space for more information as we plan an exciting programme.

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Mental health to the fore

Mental health is often a taboo subject. Many people suffer in silence, only to surface as a subject of a gruesome news clip.

Indeed there are many avenues in this digital era where help can be accorded to these desperate souls, too paralyzed in their mental world to seek help.

Facebook, for example, is injecting some suicide prevention tools in their streaming service, Facebook Live, following a spate of “live” suicide transmissions.

Often, the early signs would surface in social media accounts. However, the clutter often drowns out these potential desperate cries for help.

Mental illness is on the rise and should no longer be the pariah specialty of medicine.

If there is a single point in healthcare that matter most, it is likely the quality of the patient-doctor relationship. Ultimately it all boils down to this one aspect that will set the tone for entire healthcare infrastructure.

Technology has to help and aid this very moment in healthcare. Making it efficient and pleasant for both the patient and caregiver. Ensuring that information is passed in the most efficient of manner to the patient and to provide doctors with enough information to assess the patient.

Dr Benjamin Cheah, Hacking Health KL co-Leader

Malaysia has a rising aging population. Caring for the elderly is becoming difficult as the social fabric and family structures change. Soon, they will be the forgotten segment of society, being expected to fend for themselves, being in unforgiving and punishing environments. Elderly friendly areas are few and far in between.

Medical Education

Digital Tech: Starting early

Technology is advancing at such a rapid stage that keeping up with the latest may not be possible. However, there are certain fundamental issues that can be tackled early during medical education to prepare future doctors in facing the inevitable era of digitalisation in healthcare.

Medical schools are often slow to change. The delivery of information is still in the didactic format and much of the process of learning appear unchanged from decades ago. These future graduates are then expected to navigate through a rapidly changing healthcare landscape where information is free flowing.

Many medical students are still clerking their patients the conventional way as often times the EMR is not accessible to them. Navigating the digital environment in the modern consultation room is a skill that often times is neglected in medical schools. Hence, the inability to prioritise and manage the myriad of digital tools and deluge of information at the point of care.

Indeed, medical education MUST change to reflect the changes that are occurring in the real world. I believe that change starts from this stage of medical education. Championing digital healthcare at a later stage may be more futile and only invite resistance due to the unfamiliar expectations.