MedTech Boston: Top 10 Healthcare Innovation Events of 2014
Originally posted on MedTechBoston.com by Jenni Whalen
It’s been a wild year at MedTech Boston. We’ve grown our staff, covered dozens of events, interviewed hundreds of fascinating medical professionals and innovators, and published pieces on everything from hackathons, to insurance policy, to mHealth, to reforming the cost of care. We appreciate you taking the journey with us, and we can’t wait to keep expanding next year.
In case you missed out, here’s a little snap shot of the past year – 10 of our favorite innovation events, from the Boston area and beyond:
1. Boston's Blue Bottle Innovation Challenge
Hosted by Tufts and organized by MedStart and MIT’s Hacking Medicine, this hackathon started 2014 off on a great (and realistic) note. “We’ve had a lack of ambition in health care innovation because we’re too focused on money and getting acquired,” keynote speaker Dr. Sachin Jain, of Merck and Co., said. “It’s not because we don’t start out ambitious. It’s that we become isolated and we feel like we’re the only one facing these obstacles. That’s when we start to lose the ambition.” Many solutions presented in the final pitch-off turned out to be concussion-related.
2. The 2014 Google Glass Challenge
After months of pitching and voting, 13 finalists presented ideas for using Google Glass in the medical setting. Among the winning pitches was one from Todd A. Theman, a surgical resident who presented the idea of using Glass as a tool for physicians in under-resourced areas to connect with specialists. Lilit Sargsyan was also acknowledged for her pitch, called RemoteGuide, which allows ultrasound specialists to provide remote expertise to an area without experts. Don’t worry – the event will be back this spring with a vengeance. Submit your ideas now!
This year’s 2-day design and technology conference was co-hosted by Mad*Pow and Health 2.0 (it was also the brainchild of one of our featured women in medtech, Amy Cueva). The event provided conversations about healthcare.gov, patient activism and design in healthcare settings.
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