The Health Leadership Academy in partnership with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) hosted the inaugural McMaster Interdisciplinary Health Idea Competition (MIHIC) in 2017. Looking forward to 2018, with a kick-off event set to launch in November 2017, The Michael G. DeGroote Innovation Initiative (MGDII) will take a leading role in organizing MIHIC.
We are enthusiastic about identifying the next big idea in healthcare and are looking for students from a variety of programs who have compelling ideas. Students will have to come together in interdisciplinary teams to pitch the ideas they think will drive the future of health and healthcare in Canada.
The competition is a collaborative effort to create dialogue, stimulate ideas and ultimately identify opportunities that will better the health industry. As a MIHIC competitor, you will:
- Work in interdisciplinary teams
- Hear from and network with industry leaders
- Gather valuable feedback on how to develop your ideas
- Have a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes
2017 Health Idea Competition Winner
Akiv Jhirad & Mandakini Jain: $5,000 Cash Prize Winners
Near-Infrared Cerebral Scanner (NICS) is designed to be a handheld wand or probe that can be placed on the scalp of a patient to noninvasively determine the presence of a hematoma. A pushbutton on the side of the device can be held to turn the device on, while releasing the button will turn the device off, ensuring minimal energy consumption and maximal safety. NICS will be the only point-of-care solution in the Canadian market that can be integrated into existing healthcare assessments (Canadian CT head rules, etc.) to increase physician confidence in the decision to administer a head CT on a patient. The use of NICS can improve hospital workflow and resource utilization by preventing use of head CT scans for patients that would have had negative CT results.
OUR 2017 FINALISTS
Post-secondary students are experiencing unprecedented rates of stress, anxiety, and depression. Recognizing the link between lifestyle factors (sleep, nutrition, exercise, etc.) and student mental health, we have developed L i F E S C A P E. This app allows for tracking of customizable lifestyle factors, so that users can track the aspects of their lives that are meaningful to them.
As part of the McMaster Interdisciplinary Health Idea Competition, Delta Novus presents a method for transporting diagnostic samples effectively to and from rural communities to improve accessibility. Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) powered by Watson, we envision diagnostic samples being collected and transported from rural areas to the nearest healthcare laboratory. UAV medical transportation will overcome healthcare barriers regarding accessibility and availability by providing an efficient and timely manner of diagnosis.
With less than 1% of upcoming graduate students predicted to secure full-time, tenured faculty positions in academia (The Royal Society, 2010), it is essential to provide more effective first-hand opportunities to gain exposure, experience, and connections in industry. To achieve this, we created Industry Link Consulting — a graduate-student-led scientific consulting service.
To learn more, visit their website at: http://www.macindustrylink.com
Current students in graduate and undergraduate programs are eligible to compete. Teams must have representatives from at least two distinct academic programs, where specializations and streams within a program do not count as distinct programs. Teams are not limited in size however as teams grow, new members must be identified to MIHIC administrators prior to Stage 2 deadlines.
Stage #1: Written Application
Stage #2: Video Submission
Stage #3: Pitch Presentation
Applications for next years competition will become available here on the HLA website.
2017 KICK-OFF EVENT
The 2017 MIHIC held its kick-off event on January 30th, 2017. Our panelists shared their views on the potential gaps in healthcare. View pieces of the panelist discussion by clicking the images below:
Dr. Del Harnish
3M National Fellow; Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Health Sciences Education,
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Mrs. Dilys Haughton
Vice President, Patient Care & Chief Professional Practice, Patient Services,
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC
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Find Team Members & Share Ideas
McMaster students are invited to join our Facebook page where you can connect with other students, share ideas and form your teams.