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Tieto and OuluHealth hackathon winners: use of social media in first-hand diagnosis and predicting healthcare resource needs with machine learning

Julkaistu 26.04.2016

On April 22-23, Tieto and OuluHealth network hosted a joint hackathon in Oulu, Finland, with 40 participants inspired to generate new innovative healthcare solutions based on data and openness, both in architecture and mindset. Team HyvTek came through as the winner of the Integrations stream, with their Snapchat-based solution that makes it easy for patients to get in touch with the healthcare professionals. Team Zohan was selected as the winner of the Analytics stream. Zohan presented a concept by which machine learning is used to predict healthcare resource needs.

OuluHealth network operates as a healthcare innovation engine in the Oulu region. City of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital, that are part of the network, joined forces with Tieto to arrange the hackathon. Oulu University Hospital’s TestLab (OYS TestLab) also served as the event arena. The competition challenges were planned to respond to real healthcare needs. Participants used open data from City of Oulu’s #6Aika project and open interfaces from Tieto’s Lifecare patient data system as their primary tools during the 24-hour event.

Jury found the winning ideas responding well to the key criteria of the competition: having patient in the centre, demonstrating innovativeness as well as interesting use of data and Lifecare system’s certified open interfaces. In team HyvTek’s solution the person seeking for treatment takes a photo of his injury with mobile phone and uses Snapchat to share it swiftly with respective healthcare where professionals can use the photo to conclude the nature of the injury and provide the customer with homecare advice, prescription of basic medication or a doctor’s appointment, for example. Team Zohan used its 24 hours to tackle a clear challenge that is core to healthcare: predicting resource needs. In their concept, Zohan managed to demonstrate smart use of machine learning algorithms as response to the challenge.

Both teams received a monetary reward of 1,500 euros. In addition, team HyvTek’s Snapchat idea was given special recognition by Oulu University Hospital and team Zohan was awarded a special prize by City of Oulu.

“Our aim was to find innovative and practical ideas by which we could develop services to customers as well as the use of data in healthcare management. Equally importantly, we wanted to motivate and support young developers and professionals to continue in the interesting field of healthcare. We were positively surprised of how much was achieved in only 24 hours: a good number of ideas whose innovativeness I as a healthcare professional found truly inspiring. Some of them may be developed further and end up being used in real-life”, explains Sirkku Pikkujämsä, head of healthcare services, City of Oulu.

”We want to develop healthcare and welfare solutions with increasing openness and actively in ecosystems. Hackathons offer one way of achieving this: they are practical, solution-oriented and efficient in bringing together different capabilities and perspectives over a given topic. Our event in Oulu turned out a success, and I want to thank our partners and all participants for making OuluHealth TietoHack happen. At Tieto, we are planning to arrange similar events during the year”, states Johan Höglund, head of Healthcare & Welfare, Tieto.

Winning teams:

Integrations: team HyvTek
Use of Social Media/SnapChat in Healthcare
Team members: Antti Jaara, Lauri Aitta, Tuomas Leiviskä, Mika Schroderus

Analytics: team Zohan
Use of machine learning in predicting healthcare resource needs
Team members: Aleksei Tiulpin, Zalan Rajna, Iman Alikhani, Pekka Nyrönen

Event on Twitter: #OuluHealth #TietoHack

More information:
Sami Heikkinen, OuluHealth Tietohack event head, Lead Software Architect, Tieto Healthcare & Welfare,
sami.j.heikkinen[a], tel. +358 40 595 0430


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