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J Med Eng Technol. 2016 Oct - Nov;40(7-8):392-399. Epub 2016 Aug 10.

The hackathon model to spur innovation around global mHealth.

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a University of Western Macedonia , Kozani , Greece.
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b United Nations Population Fund , New York , NY , USA.
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c Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey , Monterrey , Mexico.
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d Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Cambridge , MA , USA.
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e Athens University School of Medicine , Trikala , Greece.
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f Department of Emergency Medicine , Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center , Boston , MA , USA.
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g Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia , Envigado , Colombia.
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h University of Regensburg Medical Center , Regensberg , Germany.
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i Universidad del Cauca , Popayan , Colombia.
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j Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki , Greece.

Abstract

The challenge of providing quality healthcare to underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has attracted increasing attention from information and communication technology (ICT) professionals interested in providing societal impact through their work. Sana is an organisation hosted at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that was established out of this interest. Over the past several years, Sana has developed a model of organising mobile health bootcamp and hackathon events in LMICs with the goal of encouraging increased collaboration between ICT and medical professionals and leveraging the growing prevalence of cellphones to provide health solutions in resource limited settings. Most recently, these events have been based in Colombia, Uganda, Greece and Mexico. The lessons learned from these events can provide a framework for others working to create sustainable health solutions in the developing world.

KEYWORDS:

Sana; global health; hackathon; health informatics; mHealth

PMID:
27538360
PMCID:
PMC5681847
DOI:
10.1080/03091902.2016.1213903
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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