Johnson & Johnson Romania continues its collaboration with Smart Everything Everywhere and launches Hacking Health 3.0 for the third year in a row; this is the most important health hackathon in the Central and Eastern Europe. During the two days of work, participants from all over the country will have the opportunity to implement their knowledge and experience in order to develop digital and educative platforms that facilitate an improved access to medical services, treatments and innovative solutions in the health field. As in the previous editions, the strategic partners of the event are the U.S. Embassy in Romania and the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham Romania).
This year, the event takes place in the context of and during Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, before the start of the eHealth Week. The following themes are suggested to the participants by the organizers:
- Technical solutions that can contribute in preventing and treating patients in the following specializations: oncology, hematology and immunology;
- Applications for mental health and for improving the quality of life from this perspective;
- Medical devices of the future.
People and teams who are interested in participating are urged to enroll by using the form that is available on the official website of the project, http://health-hackathon.ro, until June 2, 2019.
“Through its three divisions – pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products, Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest company in the health field. We are determined to transform this field through the adoption of the digital revolution and facilitating the use of data in a smart, efficient and safe way, to the benefit of the patients, science and research. Hacking Health Hackathon aims at concentrating the community around a common working platform, so that the IT&C professionals, the students, the entrepreneurs, the doctors and the patients will receive the opportunity to suggest digital solutions for health, which meet local needs in the health system which are still served from this point of view”, stated Christian Rodseth, Managing Director of Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson in Romania.
While part of the projects of the winning teams of the previous editions are already in advanced development stages, other have been already launched and are used by the general public. Also this year, renowned professionals who work in software companies in the medical field or in the health field, as well as entrepreneurs, will jury and will provide mentoring during the hackathon.
Being launched in 2017, the “Hacking Health” initiative comes in the context in which Romania is one of the most important IT hubs in the region, and using mobile devices is growing. At national level, 87% of the Romanians have a smartphone and admit that the main benefits provided are mobility and the accessibility of the information. Yet, Romania is ranked the last in Europe in terms of digital performance and competitiveness, in opposition to the recommendations of the international accredited institutions in both the medical and economic fields.