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This was the DayOne Health Hack 2020

9 patient champions together with 11 Ecosystem Partners identified 14 healthcare challenges which were worked on by 75 developers and experts resulting in 15 hands-on projects, ready to be taken to a next level. This was the DayOne Health Hack 2020. Its first edition exemplified that patient-centric innovation can be more than just lip service, it’s about time to walk the talk — DayOne will continue to do so in 2021!

Mostly a nice-sounding word or a mere concept, the initiators of the DayOne Health Hack together with the commitment of 11 ecosystem partners were poised to continue delivering patient-centricity by making it happen. Early 2020 the DayOne Health Hack started with quite a bold ambition. The aim was to build a world-wide reference platform for exploring the design of patient-driven healthcare solutions. Of course, a long shot would be needed to achieve this goal. Still, in its first edition, the DayOne health hack was able to deliver on its promise: The unique process produced tangible outcomes: 15 hands-on projects of remarkable potential.

The DayOne Health Hack process

The ideation and curation of patient challenges:

12 persons who are patients responded to a first reach out. Of these, 11 accepted an in-depth interview about their patient experience. The synopsis of these interviews led to the identification of four common thematic areas:

  • Awareness and literacy
  • Data interoperability
  • Sharing with the patient community
  • Measuring causal factors.

During the patient-centric workshop, over 35 healthcare experts, recruited by the 11 consortium partners, worked on these thematic areas together with the patients. After 8 hours and a total of 13 different co-creation sessions, 98 idea cards were formulated. This input was then distilled and curated to 14 patient challenges, each one of them related to one or more patient champions.

Participation and Hackathon:

A first kick-off event engaging with Tech Companies and Talents as well as healthcare experts took place in late April. It attracted over 200 registrants. 140 participants engaged in various deep-dive sessions on patient centricity.

This engagement would then be taken to next level in the Fall with the invitation to a two-week online hackathon format working on the 14 challenges that were identified by the patients in collaboration with the consortium partners.

Over 250 people registered for the online hackathon, counting an average of 150 active members per week and 90 a day contributing to the challenges. Finally, 75 people distributed themselves in 15 different teams engaging with the 9 patients to ideate solutions related to their challenges. All 15 projects crossed the finish line, showcasing first prototypes.

The projects:

6 of the 15 projects were rewarded in three categories (participants, patient champions, ecosystem partner) and received the opportunity to participate at the open innovation session of the DayOne Conference. This allowed them to further shape their solutions, get in touch with potential supporters from the industry and finally turn their projects into possible healthcare ventures. In addition, all 15 projects were invited to apply for the DayOne Accelerator. 6 out of 15 did so and one project was selected to participate. As of early 2021, all projects are still active and some have been invited to pitch their solutions to one or several consortium partners. Take a look at the great projects that were developed during the health hack here.

Thank you to the Health Hack partners. Looking forward to the Health Hack 2021!