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The challenge

In partnership with CCG-NHS Clinical Commisioners, STEAMlabs invite you to tackle the challenge around access to healthcare. We will be addressing the difficulties encountered by people in accessing and actively continuing with rehabilitation services relating to respiratory conditions.

The issues

At the STEAMlabs Healthcare Hack, we’ll be discussing the issue of patients’ not accessing and continuing rehabilitation services and programmes for respiratory conditions as much as they should. This often leads to the patient’s condition worsening leading to a greater likelihood of admission to hospital, with a typical stay in hospital of 5-7 days if (re)admitted. This often leads to further complications alongside a worsened health and wellbeing prognosis after leaving hospital.

There are a variety of perceived causes for this, but they fall into two key categories:

COMMUNICATION: People do not fully understand the rehabilitation service they are prescribed

ACCESS: People do not find it easy to access the services they are prescribed

Both of these problems present barriers to patients accessing the services as they should.

This challenge has parallels with access to other health rehabilitation services - whilst the specific task for this challenge is to tackle this area of respiratory condition rehabilitation, there may be scale-out options: solutions that work for this area may well have applications in other areas of health.

This hack-style event will focus on increasing efficiency for the health sector and breaking down barriers for healthcare – with a focus on respiratory (breathing) issues.

Event partners who are setting the challenge for the hack:

CCG- NHS Clinical Commissioners (West Midlands)

West Midlands Medical Centre

Substrakt Health

What you could get by attending:

- STEAM grants, funding opportunities.

- Business support (from the STEAMhouse team)

- Investment (e.g. CCG could sponsor the idea you develop for them to make a prototype)

- NHS collaboration on the developed idea

- New Knowledge, learn new ways of working and new ways to create

- Build networks in new spaces

- Experience an interdisciplinary environment & interdisciplinary thinking & ways of working

- If the next big idea is created there is the opportunity to get funding through CCG or Birmingham City University.

Who is this event for?

Whether you’re an artist, creative professional, engineer, business thinker, coder, scientist or just interested in collaborating and working in new ways, this is the event for you! We encourage you to sign up and submit your ideas for the hack.

Event times:

STEAMLabs Day One (Evening) - 19th April 2018, 4-7pm:

This is where the hack will be launched; your teams will be formed, you will get to know the challenges with your new teammates and ideas will be sparked ready for day 2...

STEAMLabs Day Two (Full Day) - 20th April 2018, 9am-5pm:

Bring your ideas along, today is hack day where you will be working together in your teams of indiviuals with different skillsets to collaborate and come up with creative solutions to the challenge.

We look forward to meeting you, get involved!

If you would like more information on STEAMlab Healthcare Hack, please contact:

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