Smart solutions for the future of acute healthcare

Wanted: smart solutions for the future of acute healthcare in Groningen

Wanted: smart solutions for the future of acute healthcare in Groningen

Wanted: smart solutions for the future of acute healthcare in Groningen

Tue, 14 January 2020

The acute healthcare in the Netherlands is under pressure. The demand increases while the capacity is limited. The more reason to make the best and efficient use of the healthcare capacity that is available, but how do you do that? To answer this question, a number of healthcare partners at and around Campus Groningen have formulated a challenge in the Odyssey Hackathon 2020. The annual Odyssey Hackathon brings scientists, politicians, technicians, creatives and entrepreneurs together to work on digital solutions to social issues from the 21st century. What does the Groningen challenge, called "the Future of Acute Healthcare" entail? Build a digital solution that displays the live capacity which is available in the acute healthcare. The aim is to ensure that all partners in acute healthcare, such as the ambulances and the hospital, can coordinate healthcare better, so that all patients receive the right care, at the right place, at the right time and from the right care provider.

Registration for the Odyssey Hackathon 2020 will open within a week and teams can then sign up for the challenge. The hackathon itself will take place from 3 to 5 April 2020 in Groningen.

Search for solution

This challenge arises from a current search for a solution from the partners from the healthcare ecosystem in the Northern Netherlands. That is why these partners, the UMCG, Acute Zorgnetwerk Noord Nederland (AZNN), Ambulance care Groningen, Medical Aid Organization in the Region, University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, province of Groningen, municipality of Groningen and Campus Groningen, set up the challenge together. “Teams that get started with the challenge are committed to a fundamental change in the Dutch healthcare landscape. From regional cooperation, we want to jointly develop a new model for emergency care, ”says Eva Houtsma, ROAZ & Acute Care Adviser at Acute Zorgnetwerk Noord Nederland.

Supporting and predictive

The partners are looking for a digital solution that supports decision making on acute healthcare. The model must show "live" which healthcare capacity of which type (home care, ambulance, medical specialist, etc.) is available at which place to help the patient. Preferably with predictive properties: which care demand can we expect when and where?

Sign up

Does your team have the skills to improve information sharing in acute healthcare in an innovative way? Then sign up for the acute healthcare challenge: The Future of Acute Healthcare via Odyssey Hackathon 2020. You can register for the Odyssey Hackathon from January 20 to February 24. In addition, Odyssey Connect will take place on 4 and 5 February, a two-day event dedicated to discovering the 21 challenges, state-of-the-art technologies and knowledge exchange.

About Odyssey Hackathon

Since 2017, more than three thousand people from all over the world have already travelled to Groningen for what became known as the Odyssey. The 2020 edition of this event (April 3-5) will bring to Groningen 105 international teams and a total of over 2000 participants. In just 48 hours, they will co-create new solutions to complex challenges contributed by governments, corporations and NGOs. Besides the opportunity to launch real pilots after the hackathon, a total of €200,000 in cash rewards is also available for the best-performing teams.