{Life Science} meets IT Hackathon

Together with Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V., MAFINEX Mannheim and Heidelberg University our team organizes the {Life Science} meets IT Hackathon in Heidelberg.

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The {Life Science] meets IT Hackathon 2019 will be on 10-12 May in Mannheim.

This unique event brings together enthusiastic young professionals and students to develop innovative solutions for current and future healthcare challenges with the help of IT. Young entrepreneurs, engineers, IT specialists, designers and many more are invited to join this inspiring event.

In 2018, the event was already sold out in advance, as more than 70 participants from different fields (technical & IT, medical, design, business) and from different countries (Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, US) registered. In nine teams they developed concepts and prototypes in a relatively short time. Albrecht Schütte (MdL) praised the event and innovative capacity of the region.

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Success story iSurgeon

Being awarded with the “Best Business Case” prize and the “Audience Award” of the {Life Science} meets IT Hackathon 2016, the team of iSurgeon was able to continue their project transforming the idea into a start-up improving patient safety in surgical training.

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    Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) provides great benefits to patients by reducing tissue trauma, wound complications and scarring as compared to open surgery. However, MIS challenges surgeons as they must cope with an indirect camera view of the operating field on an external monitor and the difficult handling of long instruments inside the abdomen. Since instructing surgeons are unable to physically or visually guide learning surgeons, they must verbally communicate their interpretations of the patient’s anatomy. Thus, communication errors arise, compromising patient safety.

    iSurgeon’s goal is to enable surgeons to visually communicate ideas in a clear and intuitive way. The augmented reality system displays the hands of the instructing surgeon on the external monitor to guide instrument movements, help identify the anatomy, avoid risk structures, and even lay out complex maneuvers during a difficult surgery. Hence, iSurgeon provides a virtual interaction with the operating field. Using augmented reality, the solution opens new opportunities solving concrete shortcomings of current clinical training.

    iSurgeon also successfully participated in the Business Plan Aggregator 2016 of EIT Health. After winning the German pre-finals in the category “digital health”, they were awarded with the 2nd prize at the European finals in Barcelona on 24 November 2016.

Impressions from 2016 and 2017

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