Mount Sinai Healthackathon

Mount Sinai Healthackathon (formerly the SINAIMedMaker Challenge) is an exciting 3-day health hackathon focused on creating novel technology solutions for problems in healthcare. This year’s Healthackathon theme is cancer.

 2016 Event Winners

There were three prizes for the winners decided by a panel of judges who were watching the presentations from all groups on the last day of the event.

  • 1st Place - $3500 - PT Partner
  • 2nd Place - $2500 - Sickle Me Not
  • 3rd Place - $1500 - bioLumen

Adherence to high quality physical therapy greatly improves functional recovery and reduces chronic pain after knee surgery, such as total knee arthroplasty. PT Partner created a wearable device that surrounds the knee and ankle joint which can track the patient’s physical therapy course via a phone application, provide real-time feedback to the patient while they complete their therapy, and report important metrics to their care provider such as completion of scheduled exercise, range of motion and daily activity.

SickleMeNot is a multi-platform application for managing and engaging pediatric sickle cell patients.

bioLumen is a noninvasive biofeedback therapy that treats lumbar muscle tension, a component of chronic low back pain. The system analyzes electromyography of the back muscles in relatime to control room lighting color, music, and more in a patient's home environment. Session data can also be uploaded to EMRs for clinical review.


Problem Description

Pain and fatigue are two of the most prevalent and impactful symptoms experienced by patients afflicted with a wide range of common diseases and rare disorders. It is estimated that 10% of the world’s population is affected by chronic pain, disproportionally adversely affecting disadvantaged individuals, resulting in an enormous cost to society. Fatigue is a regular complaint, with a reported prevalence in the general population ranging from around 6 to 38 percent. One study estimated that the annual cost to employers in lost productivity due to fatigue exceeds $136 billion. 21 to 33 percent of patients report significant fatigue when visiting a primary care physician, resulting in approximately 7 million office visits per year in the United States. Moreover, the recognition of fatigue in healthcare providers and adequately addressing this issue is critically important to the assurance of optimal patient care.

Furthermore, there is growing concern about the overuse and abuse of prescription pain medications. Rates of opioid addiction are staggering. In one estimate, 1.7 million Americans age 12 and older abused pain medications in 2007. In a 2014 address to the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Nora D. Volkow, MD stated “It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin”. A recent article in the New York Times put it in perspective; "the addiction epidemic linked to [narcotic painkillers] has become the leading cause of injury death, surpassing motor vehicle fatalities in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." Cost effective and feasible alternatives to pharmaceutical interventions for the treatment and management of pain are critically needed.

For more information on the clinical perspective, refer to the problem description.

Participant Roles

Designated Participant Roles wil help facilitate multidisciplinary team creation. Color-coded name tags identify participants' experience and interest. 

 Clinical Specialist  
Clinical healthcare professionals and trainees focused on patient-centered requirements, outcomes and feasibility

 Bioinformatics/Biomedical Specialist 
Biomedical scientists with analytical and biological expertise

 Software Developer 
Computer programmers with software design and development experience

 Hardware Developer 
Engineers and individuals focused on hardware design and development

 Product/UI/UX Designer 
Human factor engineers creating user interface and experience designs of the solution

Design Evaluation

Concept EvaluationExecution Evaluation
Clinical relevance & validity Overall software/hardware demo progress
Potential clinical impact Functionality
Commercial potential User Experience - usability and interface aesthetics
Novelty Integration of technology
Design concept Technical sophistication

Each design criteria will be scored on a scale of 1 (Poor) to 5 (Excellent) and will be used to evaluate all project submissions. For more information on the design criteria, refer to the scoring guidelines

Terms and Conditions

All participants must accept and adhere to the participation agreement. This agreement highlights and details many important characteristics of the event such as participant eligibility, juding criteria, and intellectual property.

Friday October 21, 2016

3:30 PM

Registration Check-In & Networking

5:00 PM

Welcome Remarks

5:15 PM

SINAIMedMaker Challenge 101

5:30 PM

Panel: Clinical Landscape of Pain and Fatigue

  • Mark Green, MD, Director, Mount Sinai Center for Headache and Pain Medicine
  • Michael Leitman, MD, Senior Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
  • Junqian (Gordon) Xu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Radiology and Neuroscience
  • Melissa Shuman-Paretsky, PhD, Fellow, Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Yuri Khelemsky, MD, Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
  • David Simpson, MD, Director, Neuromuscular Disease Division
  • Houman Danesh, MD, Director, Division of Integrative Medicine

Moderator: Janice L. Gabrilove, MD

6:00 PM

Speaker Presentations

  • Jon Parks, Founder, CEO & Co-Chairman, CELF Technologies
  • Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Director, Sinai AppLab

6:15 PM

Salesforce + Persistent Systems Presentation

7:00 PM

Preliminary Problem Pitches

7:00 PM

Catered Dinner

8:00 PM

Salesforce Health Cloud Learning Lab

8:30 PM

Preliminary Solution Pitches

9:00 PM

Team Formation & Brainstorming

11:00 PM

Team Registration Deadline

Saturday October 22, 2016

***Team Project Activities all-day Saturday through Sunday at 4 PM.

7:00 AM

Cafeteria Open For Breakfast

11:00 AM

Cafeteria Lunch Available

6:30 PM

Cafeteria Close

Sunday October 23, 2016

***Team Project Activities all-day until 4 PM.

7:00 AM

Cafeteria Open For Breakfast

11:00 AM

Cafeteria Lunch Available

1:00 PM

Start of Practice Presentations

3:00 PM

End of Practice Presentations

3:30 PM

Cafeteria Close

4:00 PM

Submit Demos and Presentations

5:00 PM

Pitch Presentations

Event Judges

  • Houman Danesh, MD, Director, Division of Integrative Medicine
  • Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Director, Sinai AppLab
  • William Redd, PhD, Professor, Oncological Sciences
  • Rich DeNagel, Member, Translational Science Board and the NYC Clinical Data Research Network
  • Samuel Sia, Founder, Harlem Biospace

7:00 PM

Catered Dinner

8:30 PM

Awards Announcement

SINAIMedMaker Challenge is is seeking Sinai-affiliated clinicians and researchers to participate by acting as advisors and presenting a current problem related to pain and fatigue.

Clinical/research advisors in this event will be assigned from among the following responsibilities:

  • Present SINAIMedMaker Challenge organizers with a description of a pain or fatigue-related problem of clinical and/or scientific relevance
  • Work with SINAIMedMaker Challenge organizers to frame the problem as a technical challenge, to be posted on the website prior to the event
  • Interact with interested SINAIMedMaker Challenge participants prior to and during the event to answer questions and guide teams working on your challenge
  • Serve as a judge/panelist for evaluating the proposed solutions on the final day of SINAIMedMaker Challenge (Sunday, October 23)

An opportunity will also be given to pitch selected problems in person at the start of the event (Friday, October 21) in order to recruit teams to each challenge. By the end of SINAIMedMaker Challenge, you may have the beginnings of a viable solution.

If you are a Mount Sinai Researcher or Clinician and would like to become an advisor and request more information about the event, you can view the advisor prospectus and contact us at

SINAIMedMaker Challenge has developed the following sponsorship opportunities:

Event Sponsor
Sponsors at this level will provide financial support for SINAIMedMaker Challenge to offset the costs of running the event.

Technology Sponsor
Sponsors at this level will provide equipment, software and technical advice during SINAIMedMaker Challenge. Each Technology Sponsor will provide mentors for a Technology Station at SINAIMedMaker Challenge and be given an opportunity to give a brief presentation about their technology.

Problem Track Sponsor
Sponsors at this level will define and fund a specific track within SINAIMedMaker Challenge that can be addressed with their technology platform. Track Sponsors will frame their track on the SINAIMedMaker Challenge website prior to the event and will be given an opportunity to pitch their technology platform in person at the start of the event (Friday, October 21) in order to recruit teams to the track.

By sponsoring SINAIMedMaker Challenge, corporate sponsors will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to tech-savvy, healthcare minded talent to recruit to their company
  • Exposure to innovative problem-solving methods and ideas
  • Advertising in event programming and other marketing opportunities during the event

If you would like to become a sponsor and request more information about the event, you can view the sponsor prospectus and contact us at


Partnership with Hacking Health New York City


We are excited to be working with Hacking Health New York City to reach out to the growing healthcare and technology communities in our area to foster greater collaboration and a faster pace of innovation. Hacking Health is a global movement with over 40 chapters around the world. Their aim is to transform healthcare by connecting healthcare professionals with designers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs to build realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line healthcare problems.


Our 2016 Sponsors


Premier Sponsors


Salesforce enables companies to connect to their customers in a whole new way, leveraging the combined power of cloud, social, mobile, data science, and IoT technologies. With Salesforce Health Cloud, healthcare organizations can leverage the complete view of the patient to deliver insightful care and connect with patients anywhere, anytime. For more information about Health Cloud visit:


Persistent Systems

Persistent Systems builds software that drives our customers' business, for enterprises and software product companies with software at the core of their digital transformation. For more information, please visit:

Other Sponsors

CONDUITS - The Institutes for Translational Sciences

The Mount Sinai Conduits – Institutes for Translational Sciences will enable the translation of basic scientific discoveries into clinical practice by creating an effective, efficient, and centralized administrative structure.


The Tisch Cancer Institute

At The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI), a National Cancer Institute-designated center, a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatments and clinical breakthroughs may one day put an end to cancer.


Sinai AppLab

Founded in 2012, Sinai Applab (  is one of the first on-site specialized digital health lab in US.  AppLab’s goal is to enable digital medicine innovation, evaluation and transformation by leveraging patient centered apps and analytics supported through collaborations with academia, industry and foundations.


The Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare

The Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare is a new model of research, innovation and market delivery to realize exponential improvements in patient outcomes and to improve the care experience for both providers and patients through human-centered application of advanced technologies.

Program Organizers: Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH; Peter Backeris; Kevin D. Costa, PhD; Janice L. Gabrilove, MD

Event Hosts: Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP), the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare, CONDUITS - The Institutes for Translational Sciences, Sinai AppLab, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Acknowledgements: CELF Technologies, MIT Hacking Medicine (Health Hackathon Handbook)

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