The ‘Cutting-edge FHIR Interoperability Challenge for the NHS’ brought together 150 computer science students, along with industry experts, to support open source initiatives for the NHS and explore how new technology can be used in healthcare.
Our very own Agash Navaranjan, Dovetail Lab's CTO, attended the event as one of the industry experts.
The hack began with the students exploring 15 case studies of clinical challenges. The students then worked in teams with the aim of finding solutions through the use of open healthcare standards.
To increase the usefulness to practising clinicians, Agash and the other experts supported the teams of students, providing feedback on their work and suggesting improvements to their projects.
The event ended with a Dragons' Den style pitch where the students presented their solutions and the experts gave feedback and advice to improve the projects further.
Speaking after the event Agash said, “It was great to see so much energy in the room and to help the students work through each of the challenges. There were some great achievements from an intense couple of days focus and I look forward to see how the projects develop”.
All packages and APIs developed will be open sourced for the NHS, and the winning solutions will be awarded at a prize-giving later this month.