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[2018/11/30] Students from NYMU Secure First and Second Places at the "Hack x Heart Hackathon"

"The 2018 Hack x Heart Hackathon" champion and runner-up team members mainly came from National Yang Ming University

 

The "We Lose Our Hearts" and the "Watching Stars from the Balcony" teams, both consisting of students mainly from National Yang Ming University, won first and second places at the "2018 Hack x Heart Biotech Medical Hackathon" competition. They won the competition by creatively combining medicine and AI (artificial intelligence); their excellent performances will help patients with heart disease establish better behavior regarding the use of medication.

 

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2017, heart diseases are the second leading cause of death in Taiwan. Among identified heart diseases, most heart deaths are caused by acute coronary heart diseases. Although there are already treatments that are able to control such diseases, many patients do not take their medicine on time or even stop taking them all together because they think their heart problem has been repaired by surgery. This can lead to a high chance of recurrence. In order to establish better behavior when taking medication after surgery, Taiwan Society of Cardiovascular Interventions, Taiwan Heart Foundation and Taiwan AstraZeneca held the "2018 Hack x Heart Biomedical Hackathon" on September 30th. Using the Hackathon, they were able to call on all students and graduates from information engineering and medicine related departments to develop solutions together in order to help solve the above problem. They hope that through brainstorming, the most advanced technologies and concepts can be brought into the medical field and this will help to solve this patient-related problem.

 

The Champion team, "We Lose Our Hearts," consisted of 7th year students from NYMU Faculty of Medicine, alumni of the NYMU Biomedical Engineering Department and alumni of National Chengchi University

 

The Champion team, "We Lose Our Hearts," consists of three 7th year students of from NYMU Faculty of Medicine, alumni of the NYMU Biomedical Engineering Department and alumni of National Chengchi University Computer Science Department. Their Captain, Zheng, said that their intention was to solve life problems in a way that has the least impact on life. The two common reasons for disobeying a drug prescription for medication are forgetting to take the medicine and quitting because of side effects. They designed a sensory medicine bag that automatically records whether the patient has taken their medicine and this unit does not require any human record taking. The bag also has other functions, such as reminding patients about drugs that have not yet taken, avoiding multiple medication events and preventing repeat medication events. In addition, the software has an App that is designed to work from the patient's point of view. The App answers questions when patients encounter side effects or related problems, which means they are less likely to quit their medicine without taking advice..

 

The runner-up team, "Watching Stars from the Balcony," consisted of 7th year students from NYMU Faculty of Medicine and students from National Taiwan University

 

The runner-up team, "Watching Stars from the Balcony," consisted of three 7th year students from NYMU Faculty of Medicine and two students from National Taiwan University Graduate School of Electrical Engineering. They designed a "chat bot" program that is compatible with Line and is able to help care for patients by responding actively to patients’ questions. It can also grade side effects and remind patients to go to the hospital when any side effects become more serious. In addition, the design also includes a drug list QR Code scan, an inspection report and feedback in order to improve compliance when patients are being treated with acute coronary heart disease medication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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