First MPID health hackathon hatches marketable digital solutions

1 March 2017

• More than 80 people took part in the first MPID Healthcare Hackathon to develop digital solutions to problems in the healthcare space
• Winning teams developed an integrated medical billing and payment service, a chat bot to track and manage healthcare needs, and a data visulation service for healthcare companies and practitioners using virtual reality

An integrated medical billing and payment service that makes it easy for consumers to track, query and pay bills is just one of creative ideas to come out of this weekend’s Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID) Healthcare Hackathon, where more than 80 people from 40 organisations came together to uncover digital solutions to health problems.

Exclusive access to NAB’s healthcare data sets and APIs enabled participants, including entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, students and all-round hack enthusiasts, to develop digital solutions to support, empower and provide insights to health industry customers.

“The MPID Healthcare Hackathon shows what you can do when you bring people, knowledge and skills together,” said John Shi-Nash, MPID Director.

“Events like these really help the next generation of people looking to use technology to make our lives simpler and better – thinking differently, taking new approaches, and most importantly keeping the end user in mind.

“We’ve seen some of our brightest minds come together and collaborate to create innovative solutions to some of our greatest challenges in the healthcare space. These are ideas that have the potential to revolutionise how people track, book, and pay for services – and much more.”

Teams were tasked with tackling a problem relevant to Australians in a new way or solving a problem that’s been overlooked in the past.

Using NAB’s unique data-sets and APIs, teams were challenged to develop a digital based solution to support, empower and provide insights to health industry customers, and had to produce a working demo with potential for implementation and long term sustainability.

The winning teams, selected by a panel including a health economist and a representative from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, were:

• First Place: Hello World – An integrated medical billing and payment service, consolidating a patient’s broad range of invoices into one streamlined system making it easy for consumers to track, query and make payment in the one place at the one time.
• Second Place: Hello Mary – A Chat Bot application utilising a unique algorithm that gains insights from a person’s online presence to track and manage individuals’ healthcare needs and access, including locating specialists and booking appointments.
• Third Place: Spirit Fingers – A web-service drawing on 3D augmented reality technology to visualize complex data sets and provide real-world context to healthcare companies and practitioners looking to make better informed market-place decisions.

NAB, as a key MPID partner, was excited by the ideas tabled at the MPID Hackathon.

“The MPID Hackathon demonstrates NAB’s commitment to improving the customer experience,” said Paul Littleton, General Manager NAB Health.

“Strategic partnerships are helping NAB adapt faster for the changing needs of our customers. We are building a culture of innovation that puts the customer at the centre of what we do”. – Danny Fischer – General Manager, Client Solutions and Advisory, National Australia Bank

The winning teams will now work with the Macquarie University Incubator to commercialise their ideas.

“The MPID and NAB Hackathon gave me the opportunity to gain real insights into the health care industry and enabled us to develop a solution to create efficiency & solve some challenging problems through the use of technology and unique access to NAB’s API technology,” said Neil Anderson from winning team Hello World.

“My plans for the future would be to co-found a start-up and continue with this full-time!”

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