MedHacks 2017

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Project Challenges

Access to Care With

Winner of Access to Care

Your team will have the opportunity to spend half a day with the Managing Director of BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, John Banta, or a similar level partner. The purpose of this opportunity is to learn how to take your winning hackathon idea to the market.

Track Description

Blue Cross Blue Shield believes that very often, your zip code is a greater determinant of your health than your genetic code. If you live in an area where accessing necessary care is hard or even impossible, your health will reflect that. In an attempt to eliminate the social and regional determinants from one’s health, Blue Cross Blue Shield has made many strategic moves including a partnership with Lyft to help patients get to their necessary appointments.

And now, Blue Cross Blue Shield challenges you - the hackers of MedHacks 2017 - to come up with your own solutions the problem of accessing care. Several Blue Cross Blue Shield members, including Teresa Clark, featured in the video above, will be present at MedHacks to help you along the way.

Medication Adherence With

Winner of Medication Adherence

Your team will have amazing career prep from CVS. This will include mentoring from a Manager (matched to the students interest) and a resume review session with as Sr. Consultant or higher within CVS Health. Additionally, winners will each receive a FitBit Alta.

Track Description

1 in 2 Americans has a chronic condition such as Diabetes or Asthma and will face 5x the healthcare costs of someone who doesn’t. One of the best ways to help patients manage their health and keep costs in line is to effectively treat and manage their chronic conditions including managing their prescribed medication regimen. Yes 25% of patients who are a prescribed a medication never pick up the first fill and among those who do, 50% will stop taking the medication within the first year. This leads to more hospital admissions, poor health, and adverse events like heart attacks. CVS is committed to helping patients solve this challenge.

The causes of non-adherence are varied and specific to patients’ circumstances. Some patients may be forgetful and skip doses or neglect to order/pick up refills; others may not realize what health benefit their medications will drive; some may struggle with cost concerns or have so many medications that they find it difficult to keep track of them all.

In each of these areas CVS Health has existing programs that make tremendous progress towards improving medication adherence, but the issue of poor medication adherence persists. CVS Health wants your help in ideating and developing new programs and services to solve the adherence challenge and keep patients on their path to better health.

Patient Safety and Quality With

Winner of Patient Safety and Quality

Your team will have an amazing chance to work with the Armstrong Institute to develop the project after the completion of MedHacks. Members will also have formal specialized advisory meetings with several JHU departments including: the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Carey Business School, and Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare.

Track Description

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality is proud to sponsor a special Safety and Quality track within MedHacks this year.

The Armstrong Institute's goal is to eliminate preventable harm to patients and to achieve the best patient outcomes at the lowest cost possible, and then to share knowledge of how to achieve this goal with the world.

Help us reach this goal by participating in this special track within MedHacks. The three focus areas that are being highlighted in this track this year include:

Below are some quick videos to understand more about the Armstrong Institute:

Featured Speakers

Benjamin Todd Jealous is a community organizer, a graduate of Columbia University and a Rhodes Scholar. Ben served as the youngest President and CEO of the NAACP. Ben is currently a partner at Kapor Capital, an investment firm that invests in progressive social change. He is a Visiting Professor at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, and a candidate for Governor of Maryland.

Dr. Peter Pronovost is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. He is a world leader in the field of medicine, as a practicing critical care physician and a prolific researcher, with over 800 publications and numerous scientific accolades. His work in leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections has improved patient safety throughout the world, saving thousands of lives and earning him a spot in TIME's 100 most influential people in the world and a coveted MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2008.

Final Judges

Lance Black, M.D.
Medical Device Innovation Lead at Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute

Patricia Davidson
Dean, JH School of Nursing

Anthony D. So, MD, MPA
Professor of the Practice Director, IDEA Initiative

Jeff Keating
SVP Technology at Elsevier

Landon King PhD
Exec Vice Dean, JH School of Medicine


Friday, September 8th
Sponsor Fair
Opening Ceremony
Problem/ Solution Pitching Session
Team Formation/ Solution Discussion
Team Registration Begins
Hacking Begins!
Saturday, September 9th
Midnight Snack
Morning Snack
Afternoon Snack
Team Registration Due!
Sunday, September 10th
Midnight Snack
Submissions due on Devpost
Preliminary Judging Round
Networking with Judges/Mentors
Finalist Presentations
Awards + Closing Remarks

*Schedule for workshops can be found in the Information Packet!


MedHacks is located at the Turner Auditorium and Miller Research Building at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. The official address is 720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21205. You will enter through security entrance first and need to provide a valid picture ID.

For those traveling via flight or bus:
The BWI airport is approximately a 20-30 minute ride from MedHacks. Your best bet would be to split an Uber/Lyft/Taxi. This applies to those traveling via BoltBus, MegaBus, etc., which will be dropped off at Station North and is a 15-20 minute ride from MedHacks.

For Hopkins Students at Homewood Campus:
We will have special buses going to and from MedHacks for Hopkins students!!!! For those traveling at other times, the JHMI bus runs at these times: JHMI Schedule.

For UMD College Park students:
There is a FREE bus for transportation to and from UMD College Park to MedHacks! There is ONLY space for 56 PEOPLE, so it is first come, first serve! At UMD, the bus will pick up hackers at parking lot XX2, next to the Energy Research Building. The official address is 8279 Paint Branch Dr, College Park, MD 20740.

Parking Instructions:
There is free parking available at the Washington Street Parking Garage, 701 N Washington St, Baltimore, MD 21205. Below is a map of how to get from parking to 720 Rutland Avenue, where MedHacks is held.

The parking garage closes at MIDNIGHT on Friday and is open FREE of charge on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am - 7pm, both Saturday and Sunday. We repeat, parking is FREE, you just HAVE to pull a ticket on entry Friday and drive out on Saturday or Sunday before 7pm. The gates will be raised

Also marked on the map is the walkway from JHMI bus stop (for Hopkins students) to MedHacks.

MedHacks Map