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HACK HealthCare 2022

Hack Healthcare is an annual open innovation event aimed at creating ingenious, unorthodox solutions for the Healthcare industry. Its purpose is to help participants come up with new ideas, explore new business models and new technologies, and to immediately test these ideas with each other.


Organisations across the Healthcare industry feel the need to deliver better healthcare outcomes and to relieve pressure on limited resources. In the context of static business models and substantial regulatory burden, a new level of creativity and collaboration is necessary to successfully innovate, and to unlock the promise of (digital) technologies. At Hack Healthcare, companies forge new collaborations to start implementing your ideas immediately after the event. 


Over 120 people of all ages – 46% of whom were women – joined the second edition of the Hack Healthcare.

The areas of the ecosystem represented by the participants in this edition range from different healthcare sectors (hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, insurances, mutualities, etc.) as well as technology companiesgovernmentspatients and their representativesentrepreneurs, and other professionals.

During two intense days, the participants worked together to design innovative and concrete solutions for healthcare challenges. They also counted with the support of experts and pitch coaches to come up with bulletproof projects.


Hack Healthcare 2022 was centred around 4 themes and 11 challenges.



Develop new services, new networks, and new business models for more effective collaborations between players from the different sides of the healthcare ecosystem to improve early diagnosis success rate.



  • ALERTNESS FOR EARLY ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE SYMPTOMS: How might we help family members of potential AD patients identify early symptoms of dementia (unusual changes in behaviours, for example), and empower them to have an informed, documented conversations with GPs (e.g. backed up by scientifically validated home-based memory tests) that would trigger referrals to neurologists more consistently and confirm or exclude the diagnosis?
  • ACCELERATING DISEASE CONTROL FOR PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS PATIENTS: How might we design a solution to reduce the time needed to achieve disease control? How could we for identify relevant data points to build predictive models that would assign a treatment response prediction score for various treatment options, enabling shared decision making for specialists and patients, and resulting in patients achieving disease stability and a better quality of life sooner?
  • PERSONALISED HEALTH DASHBOARD: How might we create a personalised dashboard that would combine different types of health data (fitness device data, blood tests, food and vitamin intake, nutritionist advice, etc.) to produce an overview which allows to set realistic goals without the risk of micromanaging health, and – in the longer term – enable use of data for disease prevention and wellness improvement?


Turn data into value by integrating it from different sources, interpreting it, sharing it, and building services on it for better patient journeys, RWE, and other immediate applications.



  • TRACTION FOR OPEN DATA: How might we leverage market mechanisms to consistently and easily identify data needs (in the first step) of pharma companies (both for research and market access purposes), with high ROI and urgency, so that resources (with support from the HDA) could be directed at finding and delivering the most widely useful, most relevant data sources, from annotating current data to generating new patient data?
  • ACCURATE PICTURE OF PATIENT JOURNEY: How might we collect, verify, augment, and analyse these data to build an accurate picture of the patient journey, taking into account the patient experience and clinical data?
  • DIGITAL “CARNET DE SANTE”/GEZONDHEIDSBOEK: How might we provide a digital tool for healthy citizens, including parents handling their children’s care, to collect, review and easily share the health data they need on a regular basis from a broad range of providers of healthcare services (from paediatrician or dentist to prescription history), and automate proactive collection of future data? In other words, how might we create an evolving digital version of the “carnet de sante”, enhanced with “carnet de vaccine”, insurance and mutuality information?


Empower patients to reach greater autonomy in making healthcare choices through better knowledge, simpler access to data, tools designed with their needs in mind, and enhanced computer literacy.



  • CANCER TEST OVERVIEW: How might we show the patients the progress towards test results in a single, easy-to-use interface, while providing them with necessary background information on each test type, as well as keeping them on the tests to come, helping them navigate towards their diagnosis?
  • TREATMENT CONTEXT FOR PATIENTS How might we leverage existing tools and platforms to enable patients and to involve them more actively and effectively in their care path regardless of their location (consultation, hospital, home), and to increase their knowledge and sense of ownership in digital and medical literacy?
  • EMPOWERING MS PATIENTS THROUGH COMMUNICATION: How might we empower the patients and broaden the communication directly to them about MS disease and what they are entitled to expect in terms of disease management, so they can better understand the disease and play a more active role in the disease management?


Improve quality of care and save time for hospital staff by creatively rethinking patient journeys through hospitals and outside them, developing new tools and sharing best practices.



  • STREAMLINING NURSES’ SHIFT HANDOVER: At the beginning and at the end of every shift, nurses spend a substantial amount of time handing over information about the patients, changes in their condition, actions to be performed, etc.: a very time-consuming task. How might we streamline this process?
  • DIGITAL FRONT DOOR: How might we create a “digital front door” that would replace non-value-adding paper-based interactions, send the data towards applications that need it, while increasing security and reducing effort for the patients?


During Hack Healthcare 2022, 16 teams were formed. In addition to the immediate results, the event saw a seamless, successful, collaboration between companies and people from all across the healthcare ecosystem – including between companies that usually are in direct competition with each other.


Following the success of the first and second edition of Hack Healthcare, we’re currently working on the third edition, tackling a new set of challenges and bringing together even more participants.

Interested? Talk to Leo, our Chief Energiser, and explore the options of your participation at Hack Healthcare



The humans behind Hack Healthcare.

Mark Bollen


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