The 2021 Yale CBIT Healthcare Hackathon

Hello everyone, I hope you're all doing well! I've just moved into my dorm room at TCNJ, so it's been an exciting but also stressful past few days. Regardless, let's get right into this month's post.

 

Yale's Healthcare Hackathon


Earlier this month, I participated in Yale's Healthcare Hackathon! For some context, a a healthcare hackathon is an event in which people with diverse perspectives such as clinicians, engineers, designers, software developers, business people, and patients come together in an intense, fun-filled, three-day weekend to develop and build solutions that could address challenges facing healthcare today. We formed teams, collaborate within a limited time frame, and focus on a specific problem or idea in healthcare to come up with innovative ideas and solutions.



My team's project was titled Foresight (which can be viewed here). We came up with this idea after looking at rising healthcare costs throughout the United States, which are often caused by chronic conditions. Since the best method to stop chronic healthcare conditions is through prevention, a system that estimates the future cost of healthcare based on your current healthcare data would be invaluable. This is exactly what Foresight is. By educating people on the future cost of their current decisions, they will lead healthier lives while reducing the pressure caused by chronic conditions on the U.S. healthcare system.


It was a really fun weekend, and I made some great friends and connections throughout the process. I would definitely love to do something similar in the future!


 

Anyways, that's it for this month's blog post! Thank you all for reading. It's been tough to be involved with organ donation advocacy and the NJ Sharing Network amidst COVID-19, but I eagerly await the day when I do so by volunteering in my community (whether that be in MI or NJ). See you next month!

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