MIT Hacking Medicine

Welcome to the MIT Hacking Medicine Collaboration Site on the AMA Physician Innovation Network, a community dedicated to connecting physicians and health tech entrepreneurs to develop products and solutions that improve health care.

The group is a private, invite-only group for participants in MIT Hacking Medicine hackathons.

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About MIT Hacking Medicine

MIT Hacking Medicine is a group founded at MIT in 2011, comprising of MIT students and community members, aimed at energizing the healthcare community and accelerating medical innovation. We accomplish this by carrying out health hackathons, design thinking workshops, and networking gatherings to teach healthcare entrepreneurship. The group has organized to date more than 150 events across 15 countries and 5 continents. Over 45 companies have been created, raising over $175M in venture funding.

Our Mission

To infect, energize, and teach healthcare entrepreneurship and digital strategies to scale medicine to attack and solve health problems globally.

What is a Healthcare Hackathon?

“Hackathon” is a portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon.” A “hack” is a solution to an existing problem that is developed by intense innovative teamwork in a short amount of time, also known as “hacking.” A hackathon is therefore a race to solve challenges against time.

Hackathons are commonly associated with programming and computer science but, in healthcare hackathons, not all participants are coders. They come from diverse backgrounds, address pain points in healthcare delivery, and assess business viability as an integral component of their hacks. Our hackathons bring together people members spanning the whole healthcare ecosystem. Our teams consist of patients, nurses, doctors, engineers, developers, designers, business people, insurance, and policy experts. Together they attack healthcare challenges using a diverse and interdisciplinary approach.