Hacking Health

Printing body parts at Hacking Health this Thursday


When: Thursday January 18th 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: Innovation Factory at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/244739671


We have two awesome presentations this meetup:

1 Managing Diabetes–Prof. Joanna Wilson

Joanna Wilson is an Associate Professor of Biology at McMaster University and the mother of a Type 1 diabetic child. Her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) over a year ago and currently manages her insulin therapy with multiple daily injections and monitors her blood sugar with a continuous glucose monitoring device. Joanna will discuss the basics of care for a person with T1D and the major challenges that families face in delivering that care inside and outside of the home, including school. She will describe the options for insulin delivery and blood sugar monitoring essential for T1D and where technology has helped her family cope with the high demands of this disease. Lastly, she will discuss some of the needs of the T1D community such as a glucagon delivery device that can be adopted by schools.

2 Printing Body Parts–Mohawk 3D Printing Group

The Mohawk 3D Printing Group is a student group focused on applied research in the area of additive manufacturing. Jeffrey McIsaac, general manager of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre, suggested its formation in early 2017 to provide research opportunities for Mohawk students through access to AMIC resources and expertise.

Medical Phantom Project: Our student-led project aims to design a new type of 3D printer capable of producing viable medical phantoms, artificial body parts that can be used for medical purposes such as rehearsing surgeries or calibrating imaging instruments. AMIC lab technician Allan Michaud recommended the idea to the 3D Printing Group as a project that would be challenging but possible. Our aim is to produce a multi-extrusion printer that can print three distinct materials: synthetic bone, flesh, and organ material.

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Hacking Health Hackathon returns in February


When: Friday February 9th to Sunday February 11th

Where: McMaster Innovation Park at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@HHHamOnt)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hacking-health-hamilton-hackathon-2018-tickets-41130549581


Pitch ideas, form teams, get advice from experts, and build a health app in one weekend. Present your finished product in front of a panel of judges for a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

Healthcare faces many critical problems. Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems. Our weekend hackathons are fun, intense, hands-on events where small teams tackle tough problems in a supportive community of peers and mentors.

REGISTER TODAY and join us February 9-11 for our Hacking Health Hamilton Hackathon.
Be part of a global movement bringing innovation to healthcare…right here in Hamilton!


Big Data and ML at next Hacking Health meetup

When: Thursday November 16th 2017 at 6:30pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, 3rd Floor, Hamilton

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@hhhamont)

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/244473024/


This month, we are hosting a fantastic MeetUp at¬†CoMotion On King¬†in Hamilton.¬†CoMotion On King is a new coworking initiative and Hamilton’s largest coworking space in the heart of downtown. Now we have a chance to get inside and enjoy their hospitality.

We have three awesome groups presenting this meetup:

Professor H.R.Tizhoosh is the director of KIMIA Lab. He has been researching in the fields of machine intelligence, medical imaging and computer vision since 1995.

Prof. Tizhoosh will present “Big Image Data:¬†Tagging¬†for¬†Recognition‚ÄĚ.¬†It deals with how to identify histopathology images when we are searching in large archives of gigapixel scan.¬†More information about Prof.¬†Tizhoosh, please check¬†Tizhoosh’s¬†LinkedIn¬†or¬†Lab web.

Eric is the Director of Software Development at DF/Net Software. In addition to clinical trials data management, Eric’s primary interests are in application programming and human/computer interaction.

Yiguo is a student of McMaster’s eHealth MSc program in Computer Science stream. Currently, Joshua (another eHealth student) and Yiguo are developing a mobile solution for clinical trials data management in DF/Net Software.

Through our lens of DF/Net Software, we have the first-hand experience with clinical trials data collection for over 25 years. This presentation will reflect upon the key challenges of clinical trials data management and the intersection of software solutions.

Arinai Inc. Team:

Mohamed Ibrahim is a software architect and a full-stack developer with 10 years of experience designing and building enterprise level software in eHealth. He has comprehensive experience with startups, small-to-medium enterprise, and governments of different countries.

Nadia Ashoori is a Master of Science eHealth candidate at McMaster University. Nadia is a business development professional and marketing wiz with several years of experience in a variety of sectors, especially in the health sector.

Robert Zeni is a full-stack Software Developer with 5 years of experience in designing and building scalable enterprise level solutions in the mHealth and eHealth space. These experiences also encompass working on projects with organizations such as eHealth Ontario, MOHLTC and McMaster University.

They will present Restoring independence to patients and improving quality of care with Arinai.


Hacking Health Meetup tomorrow


When: Thursday October 19th 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: McMaster Centre for Continuing Education at 1 James St. North, Hamilton

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/243534073


Nik is a Mathematics student at McMaster University with a background in data-science and machine learning. Over the past three years, he has worked in health analytics and software development in the GTA. Winner of the MedHacks – Adherence Track at Johns Hopkins University, Nik created a iOS application using a neural net model.

Yasir is working at Trillium Health Partners as a Quality and Patient Safety Consultant. Yasir’s focus is on quality improvement by incorporating human factors approach and identifying system and process opportunities during patient safety incidents. Yasir competitively play basketball in house leagues and have deep affection for Nutella.

Yasir will present: A paperless solution to communicate patient’s infection status upon admission from the emergency department.


Hamilton Health Innovation Week


Hamilton, ON ‚Äď April 13, 2017 ‚Äď Hamilton Health Innovation Week (HHIW) 2017 (April 24-30, 2017) is being launched in Hamilton.¬† The event serves as a showcase for world-class health innovation happening in Hamilton and from across the country. It brings together hundreds of public and private sector practitioners around a common vision: to turn inspiration into innovation that can be used by our healthcare sector to improve patient outcomes.

HHIW 2017 will bring together startups, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics, private and public partners to create new networks, explore new ideas, and raise the profile of cutting-edge innovation. Throughout the week, practitioners will be challenged to confront real-world problems facing the healthcare industry, and work collaboratively to explore and develop real-world solutions using technology, research and innovative insights from a cross-section of disciplines.

WHAT:     Hamilton Health Innovation Week 

WHEN:    April 24-30, 2017
WHERE:  Across Hamilton
WHO:       McMaster University, Mohawk College, IBM, Hamilton Health Sciences, City of Hamilton, Hacking Health Hamilton and MIIRC@M

WHY:       Hamilton is home to a thriving and dynamic life sciences ecosystem. from world class research hospitals to cutting edge digital health IT firms. Together, the Hamilton life sciences cluster employs over 35,000 people, more than 5,000 scientists and researchers, and is investing $450 million in innovative research each year.  In 2016, Hamilton welcomed a major downtown investment from IBM Canada Рthe Innovation Exchange Рand work has begun on the new 40,000 square footFranhofer Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.


Key Events Include:

  • Apps For Health (Thursday, April 27th)–¬† Featuring Jane Philpott, Federal Minister of Health and Nathalie Le Prohon, VP, Healthcare Industry, for IBM Canada, Apps for Health is one of Ontario‚Äôs premier information-sharing, networking and recruiting events for the digital health industries. This interactive, one-day event provides a valuable opportunity for professionals from healthcare, technology, education to come together to discuss current and emerging trends in health, technology, medical education, and entrepreneurship.
  • Hacking Health Hamilton Hackathon (Friday, April 28th– Sunday, April 30th)– Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.
  • FHIR North (Wednesday, April 26th)– FHIR implementers will once again come together this April at Mohawk College to develop and test innovative applications using the HL7¬ģ FHIR standards framework.
  • #MIIT17 (Friday, April 28th)– Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology (MIIT) focuses on emerging technologies and practices for acquiring, processing, managing, accessing, and sharing medical images, along with topics driving changes in relevant policies within Canada.
  • CCHL Study Tour – Digital Transformation in Health Care (Thursday, April 27th) ‚Äď The Canadian College of Health Leaders is offering a full-day tour aligned with the Apps for Health conference; gain insights about working on the frontlines of digital transformation in healthcare, including case studies on how Ontario’s second largest hospital network is executing its digital strategy.

For more information, including the schedule of events, visit: http://hamiltonhealthinnovationweek.ca/


Artificial intelligence and hacking healthcare next week

When: Thursday March 16th 2017 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, 3rd Floor, Hamilton

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@HHHamOnt)

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/237601788


This month, We are hosting another fantastic MeetUp at¬†CoMotion On King in Hamilton.¬†CoMotion On King is a new coworking initiative and Hamilton’s largest coworking space in the heart of downtown. Now we have a chance to get inside and enjoy their hospitality.

We have two awesome groups presenting this meetup:

Dr. Richard Sztramko practices both Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine at St. Peter’s, Hamilton General, and Juravinski Hospitals.  He received his Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University and Medical Degree from the University of Toronto.  He completed his Internal Medicine and Geriatrics residencies at the University of British Columbia.  For additional training, Dr. Sztramko worked at the Memory and Aging Centre, University of California San Francisco, focusing on Behavioural Neurology.  He has been an Associate Program Director in the Core Medicine training program at UBC with an interest in Resident Wellness.  In his personal life, he enjoys playing and composing music (singer/songwriter genre), running, and dining out.  Dr. Sztramko has founded a startup involving inpatient physician communication and handover called the Virtual Ward, and provided advice on the implementation of telehealth.  He is pursuing a Masters of eHealth at McMaster with a focus on clinician user interface design and analytics.

Dr. Sztrmko will present Virtual Ward РHacking Physician Handoffs

Omar Boursalie is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student at McMaster University aiming to overcome challenges in healthcare through big data and A.I. technology. His interest in healthcare began the day he was born at McMaster Hospital and with Hamilton being on the cutting edge of engineering and healthcare, there couldn’t have been a more fitting city to be raised in! When he’s not teaching, you can often find Omar biking and sailing!

Omar will present Monitoring Heart Disease with Wearable Sensors and Health Records.

Veronika Litinski is a company builder, health technology innovator, and growth junkie. At present, Veronika is establishing Konona Health, a management company and digital health accelerator focused on Consumer Health. Recently, she joined its first graduate, GeneYouIn, as COO. GeneYouIn is a Personalized Medicine company: www.pillcheck.ca.

Veronika piloted the launch of Cogniciti (www.cogniciti.com), a for-profit arm of Baycrest Hospital, the world’s leading centre for the study of memory and aging. Cogniciti‚Äôs mission is to help the millions of adults with significant memory concerns get earlier assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Before taking on her leadership role with Cogniciti, Veronika led the Health Care and Life Sciences practice at MaRS Discovery District. She joined MaRS as Director of the Venture Group when their doors opened in July 2005. She continues contributing to MaRS as a Volunteer Advisor.

When not pitching Health Tech innovations to insurance companies, or taking long hikes with her dog, son and husband, Veronika can be found on the Lakeshore West GO train, somewhere between Toronto and Hamilton.

Veronika will present on Digital and Health Investment.

Join Us!


Hacking Health meetup this Thursday

When: Thursday February 16th 2017 at 6:30pm

Where: IBM Collaborative Innovation Centre ‚Äď Healthcare, 1 King Street West (Suite 1400), Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@HHHamOnt)

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/237052772


This month, IBM’s Collaborative Innovation Centre ‚Äď Healthcare, Hamilton is hosting us at their temporary space on the 14th floor of Commerce Place right at the centre of the city. Last year, IBM Canada and Hamilton Health Sciences announced plans to establish a new centre focused on healthcare innovation. The centre will give area healthcare providers, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs advanced technology tools and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes and put Hamilton on the map as a hub for healthcare innovation in Canada.

In short: IBM has come to town. Now we can get an early look at what they are up to!

We have some great speakers to talk about what’s happening:

IBM Collaborative Innovation Centre: Gordon Alexander from IBM will introduce the Collaborative Innovation Centre and explain what they are working to accomplish with healthcare innovation in Hamilton. He will also cover IBM’s current capabilities and directions in healthcare including cognitive systems such as IBM Watson and the formation of a new business division IBM Watson Health. Finally Gordon will also discuss how the are looking to engage Hamilton innovators & entrepreneurs through leveraging the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the IBM Innovation Incubator Project.

Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS): Jackie Crews from HHS will review a recent project with IBM to dramatically reduce the number of Code Blue events in the hospital. This is what has been achieved with the electronic Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS). HHS has implemented the digital HEWS on its inpatient wards and Emergency Departments and seen significant improvement in critical care response and outcomes. Come and hear how Hamilton Health Sciences and IBM are advancing patient care by turning data into actionable insights, dramatically improving care delivery.

More about our speakers:

Gordon Alexander is the Healthcare Industry Technical Leader for the IBM Collaborative Innovation Centre – Healthcare in Hamilton. He is a Senior IT Architect with 28 years of experience in the IT industry. Gordon has been with IBM Canada for over 18 years, and prior to that, for 10 years with the IT departments of The Co-operators Insurance and Canada Trust Financial Services. As an enterprise architect with a focus on the discipline of integration, Gordon is focused on the end-to-end design of solutions which enable applications, data, networks, and systems to work together. Gordon helps clients understand, assess, and transform their IT environment to leverage new and emerging technologies such as Cloud, Cognitive, Big Data, Analytics, and Mobile to name a few.


Jackie Crews is the Manager, Applications in Health Information Technology Services (HITS). Jackie has worked at Hamilton Health Sciences for more than 20 years. She began her career as an Applications Specialist at the Hamilton General Hospital, then worked in outpatient clinics for a number of years, then moved back to an Applications Specialist role at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener. Today Jackie is Manager of Applications and eHealth Solutions for HITS and is responsible for leading a team of application support analysts, clinical informatics specialists, and web application developers to meet the information systems needs of the organization from a support, integration, and development perspective.


eHealth is a team sport meetup


When: Thursday January 19th 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: McMaster Centre for Continuing Education at 1 James St. North, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton (@HHHamOnt)

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/236643144



This month, McMaster’s Master of Science in eHealth program is hosting us at the new McMaster Centre for Continuing Education, right at the corner of King and James. You may have noticed this ultra-modern upgrade to the existing building as you passed by. Now we have a chance to get inside and enjoy their hospitality.

What are they up to at Mac eHealth?¬†You may also have heard about the Mac eHealth program. It’s a unique three-way joint venture of the business school and the faculties of health science and engineering, aiming to bring Master students up to speed on health, information and management sciences. The interdisciplinary program brings together programmers, front-line staff, admin, and¬†clinicians.

We have two awesome groups presenting this month!

MyHealth PHRI: Dr. Cynthia Lokker from eHealth and Dr. Itzhak Gabizon from PHRI are developing a research app to evaluate the effectiveness of mobile health apps. They are drawing on rigorous research methods to evaluate which health apps actually work ‚ÄĒ¬†something that is desperately needed in a field with hundreds of thousands of poorly vetted apps out there.

Virtual Ward: Dr. Richard Sztramko will present the virtual ward he’s developed to facilitate communication among clinicians during patient handovers within a hospital ward.


Interested in collaborating with Mac researchers and students? Learn how you can take advantage of opportunities to work with the Mac eHealth program and others!


Hacking Health Hamilton meetup at MEDIC



When: Wednesday October 26th 2016 at 6:30pm

Where: Mohawk College at 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hacking Health Hamilton

Register: meetup.com/Hacking-Health-Hamilton/events/234807072


Our first meetup of the fall season will be Wednesday, Oct 26, hosted by the new Technology Access Centre in Digital Health at MEDIC, Mohawk College!

Mohawk just received a $1.75 million investment from the Government of Canada to create a Technology Access Centre.

Set to open in January 2017, Mohawk’s Technology Access Centre in Digital Health will draw on the expertise of more than 30 faculty, staff and students working in the college’s award-winning mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC). The team will work with small and medium-size companies to design, build, test and implement digital health technologies and also deliver customized training.

Want to know what Mohawk has done and will do to earn this incredible grant? Come to the meetup!

More details TBA.