Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    WA Health Hackathon to help drive innovation in healthcare sector

    18/07/2022 2:25 PM
    • State Government encourages participation in WA Health Hackathon to generate innovative ideas to support the health sector
    • The event to explore a wide range of different areas including automation, treating blood poisoning and hearing disorders and better use of data to address mental health initiatives

    Digitisation and the adoption of data-driven technologies in healthcare can play a key role in helping to improve processes and systems within the sector.


    The WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH) is hosting the WA Health Hackathon (August 8 to 18, 2022) for its second consecutive year with the aim of developing innovative, digital healthcare solutions.


    Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson said the WA Health Hackathon brings together data professionals, digital specialists, innovators and students to work together to discuss and develop ideas to enhance healthcare outcomes.


    This year the cohort will be tackling five key areas:

    • automating hospital capacity management to explore whether we can combine existing data sets to predict demand for hospital services with a focus on surgical demand;
    • exploring options to detect sepsis earlier or flag patients that are at risk of developing sepsis;
    • interrogating data to explore how we can facilitate an increase in the number of people who would benefit from hearing implants progressing through to cochlear implantation;
    • automating and optimising community healthcare appointments to save time, resources and ensure as many patients can be treated as possible; and
    • interrogating data to gain insights on how delivery of mental health initiatives can be improved.

    In addition to addressing healthcare challenges, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a series of upskilling workshops to support professionals and students in the innovation space.


    For more information about the WA Health Hackathon program and how to register visit: https://wadsih.org.au/wa-health-hackathon


    Comments attributed to Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "It's through collaboration, cooperation and consideration with forums such as the WA Health Hackathon that we can initiate change, develop and implement innovative ideas in health care.


    "The McGowan Government is committed to laying the groundwork to establish the State as a global hub for medical research and the development of digital health. Earlier this year we announced an $8.65 million package to progress this vision.


    "The WA Health Hackathon plays an integral role in this process and this year's event will build on the great success of last year.


    "I encourage those interested to register and participate in this engaging forum and help make a big difference on how we revolutionise health care in the future."


    Comments attributed to the WA Data Science Innovation Hub Director Alex Jenkins:


    "We've got a fantastic group of organisations supporting this year's event which gives participants a range of exciting training opportunities throughout the week, and of course some amazing prizes for the winning teams.


    "The best solutions will be selected by a panel of industry judges who will make their decision based on design principles, innovation, viability, scalability and social impact.


    "There is still time to register and I encourage those working in the digital or data space to play a role and have a say in how we shape the future."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800