Hacking Dermatology 2019: Precision Medicine Hacking Dermatology aims to shine a spotlight on precision medicine + dermatology. This initiative provides innovators with a framework + challenge areas to enable them to actualize ideas and projects.
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
Diagnostics + Disease Signatures
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 tools or technologies could be developed to better understand the relationship between external factors (e.g. behavioral or environmental) and skin disease?
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 precision medicine help our understanding of molecular pathways and causation?
Treatments + Access
How can we better track response to treatments?
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?
Outcomes + Adherence
What technologies or delivery systems can be designed to improve treatment adherence and patient acceptance?
How can continuous care for patients be better coordinated?
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?
Hacking Dermatology Process
Step 1: Frame When/Where: early 2019, virtual Public Challenge Statement Development
Step 2: Hack When/Where: September 13-15, 2019/District Hall, Boston, MA How: The experts are invited to be mentors and the top challenge areas are presented to hackathon participants. Teams of hackers, coming from diverse scientific, business, and other backgrounds, formulate solution driven projects in response to the challenge areas. At the end of this 3-day event, teams present proposals to a panel of judges. The top 5 teams are awarded seed funding to continue working on their ideas.
Step 3: Incubate When/Where: September 2019 – January 2020 at Virtual + Cambridge, MA How: The top 5 teams will have three months to polish their ideas and develop serious proposals.During this period they will be supported by mentorship and resources as needed. They will also have access to HMi’s network of professional services and innovation experts. After this incubation period, the teams will present their flushed out proposals to a panel of judges in early 2020.
Step 4: Extend When: February 2020 – July 2020 How: The top 3 teams will be entered into HMi’s extended incubation program, in which they will receive additional mentorship and access to scientific and startup resources. As part of this program, HMi requires teams to submit frequent reports on progress. This creates an environment of support and proactiveness and ensures that teams maintain momentum and achieve goals.
Step 5: To Market When: July 2020 and beyond How: As ideas and projects mature, HMi will guide teams from research to commercialization. This departure point may lead teams to enter external accelerators. Other teams may be connected to investors and other resources for early stage companies.