Despite front-line healthcare being so critical, it seems we go on with our daily lives until we're the ones in need of it. And that's when we complain. Hard. In these tech-savvy days, why is it so hard to find an appropriate doctor or support system? Why such long wait times? And what's with all this paperwork, anyway?
Luckily, before my heart descended into the hopeless health care canyon, my faith was bolstered by this weekend's instalment of Hacking Health, an annual gathering that brings these issues to the forefront. Here, teams of energized health experts, developers, and designers pitch ideas inspired by technology, aiming to jolt the industry and instil hope for more efficient, tailored health care. Ideas this year included a system to speed up wait times in clinics, sharable data applications for personal health and fitness profiles, and a wristband to monitor cigarette drags for wannabe quitters.
If you have an idea that will shake up the system and need help on how to bring your vision to fruition, contact the supportive folks at Hacking Health for some guidance. Perhaps we'll be seeing your face up on that stage next year, too?