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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 239-241

Medical hackathon – The beginning of smart innovation

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Sadhu Kamal Eye Hospital, Mumbai, India
2 Department of Glaucoma, Little Flower Hospital and Research Center, Angamaly, Kochi, Kerala, India
3 Department of Cornea, Agarwal Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Department of Ophthalmology, Sentra Clinic and Hospital, Mumbai, India
5 Department of Ophthalmology, Khatib Eye Clinic, Mumbai, India
6 Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Design Way, Mumbai, India

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Dr. Ashish Ahuja
Department of Ophthalmology, Sadhu Kamal Eye Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_79_19

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The last decade has seen an innovation boom across the nation and what is special is that these hack inventions are not just creative, they are tailor made to suit our Indian scenario. Doctors are the most trained health care providers of any nation and it is time that we realize that the responsibility of innovation heavily lies on our shoulders too. MedHacks is the start, with a focus on Smart Innovations that are efficient, cost effective, user friendly and 'take to field' portable, this initiative is one of its kind. These frugal innovations pave the path to healthcare access for all. A Medical hackathon is an event in which people from various backgrounds such as clinicians, engineers, designers and software developers come together in an intense three-day workshop to develop solutions that address challenges facing healthcare today. Participants form teams, collaborate within a limited time frame, and focus on a specific health care problem to come up with ideas or solutions. In this manuscript we will be discussing 2 such hackathon events that were conducted in the past during the conferences and the device prototypes developed during these events.

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