PRLog - Feb. 21, 2014 - CHICAGO -- Diagnosis is one of the most challenging problems faced by rare disease patients and caregivers. The Shire Rare Disease Impact Report (http://shire-
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Author and geneticist Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD will be part of an unprecedented collaboration to create an open source solution that will help doctors save lives at Healthcare’s Grand HackFest with H@cking Medicine (http://hackingmedicine.mit.edu/
“Right now the tool does only relative facial comparisons,”
The hackathon is scheduled for March 14-16 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Staged by MIT and the Kauffman Foundation, the event brings together teams of engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, patients, and healthcare professionals to develop creative solutions and innovative breakthroughs in various tracks over the course of one weekend.
“The goal is to create an environment with enough support where these teams (usually pitched by clinicians) can really dive deep into the problems in healthcare, be matched with the right innovative people who provide solutions, and then work on the solution enough to have a product to demo at the end,” explains Andrea Ippolito, co-leader of MIT H@cking Medicine.
The rare disease track of the hackathon emerged from a collaboration between Dr. Moalem and Wendy White, a rare disease caregiver and founder of Siren Interactive (http://www.sireninteractive.com/
According to White, “It’s not realistic to expect physicians to be highly educated about 7000 different diseases–most of which they will never see in their practice. I can tell you as a rare disease caregiver that leveraging technology in this way will be a huge leap forward in getting a timely and accurate diagnosis and, for some patients, more effective treatment.”
Cross-functional teams will compete over the course of 3 days to refine Moalem’s rare disease diagnosis software and the winning team will receive funding for their approach. Moalem is donating his Recognyz patents to Global Genes so the tool can be offered free of charge to physicians.
“We are honored to be a strategic partner in this opportunity to offer a potentially game changing new tool to physicians,”
For information about the rare disease hackathon, contact: Ayesha N. Khalid, MD, 1-503-789-2203.
For more facts on rare disease diagnosis, view and share Siren’s infographic, Journey into the Unknown, The Search for a Rare Diagnosis (http://bit.ly/
About Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD
Sharon Moalem MD, PhD, is a physician, scientist, and inventor. He has been researching rare disorders for the last 15 years working to find novel treatments for orphan diseases. Dr. Moalem is also a NYTbestselling author and his highly anticipated third book, Inheritance:
He is also the founder of two biotechnology companies and is the recipient of 20 patents for his inventions in biotechnology and human health. Dr. Moalem’s scientific work, based upon using rare conditions as a template to understand more common conditions led to the discovery of Siderocillin, a new antibiotic that specifically targets so called ‘superbugs’
His current invention, a mobile application called Recogynz, was developed to provide an accessible tool to assist healthcare practitioners in the identification of facial features that are associated with rare disorders. The desire to create a mobile medical application, that could help in the detection of rare disorders, was rooted in the desire to reduce the time to diagnosis and in so doing improve health outcomes.
About Global Genes
Global Genes is a leading rare and genetic disease patient advocacy organization.The organization's mission is to ‘Eliminate the Challenges of Rare Disease’ by equipping patients to become successful advocates, and through education and empowerment, become ‘activists’
Twitter: @GlobalGenes - https://twitter.com/
About MIT H@cking Medicine
Mentored by Entrepreneur in Residence and Senior Faculty member Zen Chu, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) H@cking Medicine's mission is to create an ecosystem at MIT, hosting the Boston medical community and beyond to teach engineers, entrepreneurs, clinicians, and designers the skills necessary to launch disruptive healthcare businesses. Healthcare needs Hackers—clever innovators to re-architect healthcare systems and create new products and services to impact cost and quality. Some areas of healthcare are not hackable and must prove efficacy down a traditional plodding path. However, health professionals and engineers can accelerate medical innovation across many diseases and institutions by applying techniques from high technology to healthcare.