In early 2019, the Hacking Dermatology community contributed challenge statements to an online platform. These statements were reflective of the largest problems facing dermatology clinicians, researchers, & patients. After two rounds of open contribution and voting, ten top statements emerged and were able to be grouped under a unifying theme of precision medicine.
2019 Challenge Statements
How can we better track response to treatments?
How can we harness phenotype, genotype, molecular signatures, and clinical data to identify disease endotypes and patient cohorts to guide current or novel treatment strategies?
What technologies or delivery systems can be designed to improve treatment adherence and patient acceptance?
What tools or technologies could be developed to better understand the relationship between external factors (e.g. behavioral or environmental) and skin disease?
How can we use technology to decrease the inefficiencies of prior authorization?
How can AI be utilized within a health economics framework to demonstrate cost-benefit and drive value-based reimbursement?
Using large data sets, what tools can be invented to help clinicians + researchers better understand the pathophysiology of chronic skin conditions and detect or predict flares?
How can continuous care for patients be better coordinated?
How can precision medicine help our understanding of molecular pathways and causation?
How can we create ontologies and structure clinical visits and medical record taking to support machine learning and big data analysis while optimizing efficiency in the clinic?