June 30, 2020

Hack Weekend – just two weeks away

Update 2 July 2020: Due to the current COVID-19 developments, Northern Health’s Hack Weekend has been postponed.

What the Hack? – Northern Health’s inaugural hack weekend 11-12 July is just two weeks away, with over 80 people already signed up for the event.

Over the last couple of weeks, our staff has been sending numerous ideas and problems they would like to see solved during the weekend.

Ed Savill, Operations Director, says the Hack Weekend will present four problems that our patients and clinicians face, that virtual healthcare may be part of the answer. The theme of the weekend is ‘Supporting Northern Health to re-imagine and transform healthcare, using digital solutions, in the new world’.

The Hack Weekend team has selected four ideas to be “hacked” over the weekend.

“The first problem we would be looking at in the maternity area, as the team would like to provide mums different information at appropriate stages of their pregnancy or even after giving birth. The second one is orthopaedics – musculoskeletal wellness platform, third one is Intensive Care Unit (ICU) – ‘Communication with families’ platform and the forth one is in the allied health space and working on how to better prepare patients for discharge,” explained Ariana Carrodus, Project Manager.

Nicole Carlon, Director of Operations Women’s and Children’s is coming to the hack weekend to support the team working on the maternity task and feels that hack weekend is a great opportunity to demonstrate your coding skills for a great cause.

“We are hoping to develop a Maternity smartphone application that has the potential to completely transform the way we deliver care. Not only will your skills help us to improve the way we deliver care to women and their babies, but the development of digital solutions that improve health outcomes is a great thing to have on your CV,” she said.

The maternity team is looking for innovative digital solutions that will enable pregnant women and new mothers to have access to information and assistance when they need it.

“Come and join us at Northern Health’s hack weekend and be part of the solution. It’s time to move from reactive care of the sick to proactive healthcare that promotes wellness. This is particularly important in Maternity care. Innovative digital solutions can help us do just that,” she said.

Northern Health staff is invited to come to the weekend – you can be a facilitator and help run the event, or help with the tech/digital/design solution if that is your thing or be there to provide feedback on how the proposed tech solutions will work on the ground.

Please click here to find out more on how you can participate and register.

To find out more information about ideas to be hacked over the hack weekend, please click here.

Please spread the word to your colleagues and tech-friends and see you at the hack weekend.

Number of people on-site at NCHER is limited and all physical distancing measures will be implemented to ensure the event is Covid-safe.