neurosurgeon, engineer and statistician are the winners of the first Hartree
Hack with an app designed to monitor the health of patients with chronic
conditions in the community.
The two and a half day hackathon event gave seven teams of developers,
designers and “ideas people” the opportunity to gain knowledge and new skills
in IBM Watson APIs and apply them to create a web or mobile-based app to
address a challenge of their choice, before delivering a five minute pitch to a
panel of judges.
Nick de Pennington from Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust, and James
Wright and Chinmaya Mishra, who are both PhD students from the University of
Liverpool, met at the event and devised C.H.A.T.S (the Chronic Health Automated
Telephone System) to help address the increasing demand on health services due
to higher levels of patients being diagnosed with chronic diseases and an
ageing population. They hope that their app could potentially improve disease
monitoring, prevent patients’ conditions deteriorating before additional
medical intervention is needed, and empower patients to be better able to
manage their own wellness.
app concept uses Watson API tools, including text to speech, speech to text and
Alchemy, to understand and classify people’s emotional wellbeing to
assist healthcare providers and empower patients in managing their conditions.
The team will now benefit from £25,000 worth of support from the Hartree Centre
to further develop their app and take it forward.
Nick de Pennington said: “It was
a fantastic experience. We’re still trying to get to grips with the fact that
we won. What we’ve got now is a great starting point to build from and we’re
looking forward to working with the Hartree Centre to implement the feedback we
got from the judges and develop the project further.”
This was the first Hartree Hack event, but future events centred on
themes are being planned. If you would like to know more about how you can get
involved, please contact Karen Lee, Head of Impact and Engagement.
These courses are suitable for PhD level (aspiring
for, achieved or equivalent) researchers in academia or industry in any STEM
subject who encounters complex application problems that require significant
resources in one of the subject areas.
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