Merck Social Health Hack

Submission Deadline

February 16, 2014

Dates

February 15 - 16, 2014

Contact

Hemali Thakkar

Prizes

  • First Place $5,000 + one pass to HxRefactored and one pass to Health Datapalooza + advisory meeting with Merck Venture group
  • Second Place $3,000 + advisory meeting with Merck Venture group
  • Third Place $2,000 + advisory meeting with Merck Venture group
First Place

Healthperience

Team Members

Chris Kissel, Paul Caceres, Ten Loh

For many patients their healthcare experience is a negative one. We deliver a better health experience by rebranding health conditions. Through our simple HIPAA compliant solution, how people perceive and engage with their healthcare is revolutionized. Using validated marketing principles, patients become motivated, and ultimately health outcomes improve

Second Place

Measurease

Team Members

Chris Millet

Measurease aims to simplify quality measure calculation and submission. Using validic, we hope to also integrate patient captured data into quality reporting providing a more complete picture of a patient's care.

By including patient captured data, we are measuring healthcare not just by what doctors capture but also by what patients capture, thus giving patients a strong voice in measuring quality and driving improvement.

Third Place

HepFree WG

Team Members

Caitlin McQuilling, Justin DiSanto, Yan Wang

HepFree is a HepC disease management tool that simplifies a complicated and burdensome treatment pathway. HepC currently rivals HIV in terms of mortality despite available curative treatments. Few seek or complete treatment due to complicated treatment regimens that include daily pill burdens of 12-18 pills. This tool will provide patients with information, counseling, reminders, self-monitoring, reinforcement and supervision. Providers will also gain information on patient treatment progress and rich data will improve future disease management.

Honorable Mention

1-Health

Team Members

Lulu Bai, Colette Ellis, Melissa Foo, Wendy Sanchez-Vaynshteyn

1-Health platform uses mobile technology to enhance communication between medical providers, allied health professionals and caregivers to promote holistic health and improved adherence to medical treatment plans. The Patient/Caregiver interface shows contact information for all providers and allied health professionals along with documentation of their patient observations, goals and recommended interventions.

Honorable Mention

Grey Slush

Team Members

Femi Kin

Slush is a platform for tracking and improving health literacy.

Its in the form of a suite of games which ask questions targeted at your particular health status, and monitors your answers and which areas you most need to improve. The decision on which questions are most likely to be asked is based on data retrieved throught he validic platform. In addition it is possible to track the comparitive health literacy over various popularions, aka men vs women, ny vs nj young versus old by aggregating demographic data using the validic platform.

Background

Chronic and acute illnesses present a significant challenge to New York City’s healthcare system, which faces growing costs and poor outcomes. The city is grappling with high rates of preventable and chronic illnesses, including asthma, diabetes, obesity and hypertension that are faced by families or all sizes and income levels. In addition, Hepatitis C and other infections also pose a significant risk to the community.

The Merck Social Health Hack is a two day hackathon that seeks to bring together a community of developers, designers, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, and community members to improve the health and wellness of the community. Through the event, scheduled to take place around Social Media Week in NYC, Merck aims to support the formation of new ideas and prototypes that improve health literacy for vulnerable populations, promote wellness, help people track and manage their health information and medication regiments, and enable self-driven community health improvement based on internally identified needs.

Teams will be tasked to flesh out concepts, develop wireframes and basic prototypes that illustrate their innovative solution. Teams are encouraged to use one or more APIs provided. In the spirit of Social Media Week, we encourage all applications and concepts to incorporate ‘social’ features.

Data/API Providers:
• MedHelp API
• HealthData.gov Data
• Validic API

Description

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Registration is free but seating is limited. Be sure to reserve your seat today by registering here. We welcome developers, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, clinicians, patient advocates, informaticians, designers, consumers, community partners, public health prevention experts, data experts, public health providers, and anyone interested in creating a level of excitement that will drive continued community engagement far into the future.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATIONS:
We will provide you with fuel all day. Just bring yourself, your laptops, and your brainpower.

PRIZES:
First place prize is $5,000 and one free pass to the HxRefactored Conference (estimated at $799). The second place prize is $3,000. Third place prize is $2,000.

Agenda

Day 1: Saturday, February 15, 2014
• 9:30 – Doors Open/Breakfast
• 10:00 – Welcome & Introduction by Merck
• 11:00 – Idea pitch session and team formation
• 12:00 Teams are formed
• 1:00 – Lunch
• 1:00 - Short presentations by experts
• 4:00 – Idea check-in -- bounce your ideas off an expert
• 7:00 – Dinner is served
• 9:00 – End of first day

Day 2: Sunday, February 16, 2014
• 9:30 – Doors Open / Breakfast
• 10:00 – Continue working
• 1:00 – Lunch
• 3:00 – Doors open to the public for presentations
• 3:00 – Deadline to submit projects
• 4:00 – Team presentations and judging
• 6:00 – Winners announced

Review Panel

    • Nima Behkami, PhD
    • National Library of Medicine Fellow - Harvard Medical School
    • Chris Benko
    • Vice President of Strategic Planning - Merck
    • Michael Chary, PhD
    • Data Mining Expert
    • Meaghan Early
    • Director of Accounts - Validic
    • Jonathan Gordon, MBA
    • Director, Strategy; Director, Health Policy Center - New York Presbyterian Hospital
    • Maria Gotsch, MBA
    • President and CEO - Partnership Fund for New York City
    • Anna Kravets
    • Director, Digital Experience Strategy - Merck

Evaluation Criteria

  • Creativity (30%): Ability to engage targeted audience in usage, ease of use and novel application of APIs and data, public health interventions and technology.
  • Decision Making (20%): Ability to illustrate how the conceptual designs and working prototype application/tools can promote better data-driven decision-making related to the risk of becoming overweight/obese and develop prediabetes, from lifestyle and environmental factors.
  • Social (10%): Incorporation of the social features in the application in the spirit of Social Media Week.
  • Feasibility of Implementation (20%): Ability to implement the working prototype within a year’s time.
  • Utilization of APIs (20%): It is expected that various APIs and data sets such as the Validic API, HealthData.gov, MedHelp API, and other relevant APIs will be utilized to create an innovative solution.

Partners

SPONSOR: Merck

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

API PARTNER: Validic

Validic delivers the mobile health industry’s premier technology platform for accessing data from mobile health devices, wearable, in-home devices and patient healthcare apps. By helping its growing base of customers that includes payers, providers, pharmaceutical companies, wellness companies and health systems, Validic enables them to better coordinate care across their communities, handle the shift to value-based care, and more efficiently manage their patient populations. Validic’s innovative, scalable, and reliable technology delivers actionable, standardized, FDA Class I MDDS, HIPAA-compliant consumer health data from best in-class mobile health devices and applications. Validic’s leading mobile health ecosystem reaches over 30 million lives and continues to grow daily. To learn more about Validic, please visit www.validic.com.

Venue

WeWork - The Lounge
154 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013

Terms & Conditions

OFFICIAL RULES:

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO ENTRY. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND UNITED STATES TERRITORIES, AGES 13 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

By entering Merck Social Health Hack, you agree that your participation will be governed by, and you shall abide by, all of the following terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) outlined herein below:

1. Mission:
The goal of the Merck Social Health Hack is to support the formation of new ideas and prototypes that improve health literacy for vulnerable populations, promote wellness, help people track and manage their health information and medication regiments, and enable self-driven community health improvement based on internally identified needs. Competition entrants are invited to submit an idea and a prototype of an operable application that would improve/ benefit healthcare services in the US.

2. Eligibility:
The Competition is open only to individuals who are 13 years of age or older as of the date of entry and who are legal residents of one of the fifty (50) states of the United States or the District of Columbia or the U.S. Territories. Any entrant from the age of 13-18 must get parental consent to enter the Competition.

3. Entries by Teams:
Entries may be submitted either by individuals or by groups of individuals (each a “Team”). If an entry will be submitted by a Team, each member of the Team must satisfy the eligibility requirements set forth in Paragraph 2 above. Each Team must designate a single member of the Team who will serve as the Team’s sole representative for communications and all other purposes in connection with the Competition (the “Team Leader”). All agreements, consents, representations and warranties made or given by a Team Leader herein or otherwise in connection with the Competition will be binding upon all members of the pertinent Team as if made by each such member.

4. Entry Period:
The entry period for the Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 and ends at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, February 16, 2014 (the “Entry Period”).

5. How to Enter:
Registration and Participation is FREE. Register Here

6. Competition Guidelines:
At the competition, each individual or Team that submits a Submission (each an “Applicant”) must retain a copy of the Submission. Sponsors are not responsible for, and each Applicant specifically releases Sponsors from any claims or liability relating to, any loss or damage to the Applicant’s Submission.

All Submissions must comply with the following Content Restrictions:
The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property- or property- related rights; The Submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by entrant; The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.

By entering, each Applicant represents and warrants that (a) the Applicant’s Submission and all components thereof, including all ideas, creative elements and any other materials and information contained in the Submission are wholly original with the Applicant, (b) no person or entity has collaborated with Applicant in creating the Submission, provided any material or information for inclusion in the Submission, or has any ownership rights in and to the Submission or any component thereof (note: an Applicant that is a Team warrants and represents that no person who is not a Team member collaborated with the Applicant, provided any material or information, or has any ownership rights in and to the Submission), (c) Applicant has the exclusive, unconditional right and authority to submit the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein, and (d) the Applicant’s Submission complies with these Official Rules in full. Submissions must not contain any material that Sponsors, in their sole discretion, deem inappropriate for public viewing and/or determine is contrary to its mission or reputation. Sponsors reserve the right in their individual discretion to disqualify and/or not accept any Submission that Sponsors determine does not or is likely not to comply with these guidelines, to make such changes to any Submission as are necessary to make it compliant, or to require the Applicant to do so.

7. Judging:
The judging of the Competition will proceed as follows:
A panel of judges comprised of Sponsor’s and industry leaders and consultants will review all Submissions to identify those that are complete and otherwise appear preliminarily to satisfy the entry requirements set forth herein. Submissions that appear preliminarily to be complete and to satisfy the entry requirements will be judged based on the Judging Criteria outlined day-of. These entrants will be called qualified (“Qualified Entrant”). A jury of judges comprised both of Sponsors’ designees and industry leaders selected by Sponsors will score all submissions that qualified based on the Judging Criteria.

8. Winner Notification and Verification for the Competition:
Sponsors will notify the potential Winners on the day of the competition. In order to qualify as a Winner, each Applicant must be available in attendance at the competition and present to the Panelists at the competition (and in the event of a Team, at least one member of the Team must be so available).

9. Prizes:
(a) General Terms and Conditions: All income taxes and any other applicable taxes on each prize are the sole responsibility of the recipient. An IRS form 1099 will be issued, if required by law. Prizes consist only of items expressly specified herein. Any costs or expenses associated with the acceptance or use of any prize (including, without limitation, additional transportation, meals, gratuities and incidentals) are the responsibility of the recipient. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of right to receive any prize will be allowed, except at sole discretion of Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute an alternate prize.

(b) The winning projects will be rewarded and prizes are to be determined.

(c) Prize Distribution: The total monetary prize amount is to be determined, awarded in the form of checks or another payment method selected by Sponsors, to be used towards further development by the winner of the winning Submission. In the event that the Prize Winner is a Team, the Team Leader shall receive and be solely responsible for the Prize on behalf of the Team unless all members of the participating team agree to distribution of funds to each individual member separately. Sponsors will have no responsibility for allocation of funds received as part of the Prize among Team members.

10. Grant of Rights:
By entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsors and their designees the irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, disseminate and use the Applicant’s name, likeness and biographical information (and in the event of a Team, the name, likeness and biographical information each member of said Team) without further notice or consideration, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, in connection with the execution and promotion of the Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and its activities.

In addition, by entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsors and their designees a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, exploit, adapt, use and display worldwide, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, information about the Submission and the Project and all non-proprietary components thereof, including without limitation posting information about the Submission and/or the Project on the Site (or such other Sponsor designated on-line environment), in connection with the execution and promotion of the Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and their activities, without further notice or compensation.

Each team is responsible for determining the disposition of any intellectual property developed during the course of the hackathon. Neither Health 2.0 nor the hackathon Sponsor shall be responsible for mediating disputes that arise relating to intellectual property ownership.

11. Disputes:
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of CA without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. Applicant hereby agrees that any and all disputes claims, causes of action or controversies arising out of or in connection with the Competition or these Terms and Conditions shall be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in Sacramento, California. By entering, each Applicant irrevocably waives any right to seek and/or obtain rescission and/or equitable and/or injunctive relief.

12. Representations & Warranties:
Applicant represents and warrants that he/she: (a) has the right to make a Submission as contemplated hereunder without the need of any consent of any third party; (b) Will abide by these Terms and Conditions and all applicable laws and regulations; (c) If Applicant is a Team Leader, that Applicant has the full right and authority to make the Submission and to agree to accept and abide by these Terms and Conditions on behalf of the Team, and that each Team member will abide by these Terms and Conditions; and (d) Applicant is under no obligation or disability, created by law or otherwise, which would in any manner or to any extent prevent or restrict making a Submission or becoming a Winner.

13. Indemnity:
By submitting an entry, each Applicant (including each Team member, with respect to Applicants who are Teams) agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend sponsors, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, and each of their trustees, officers, employees and agents (all of the foregoing, the “Sponsor Parties”), from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation, any use by Sponsors Parties of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsor of any rights granted to it herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event of any claim by a third party affecting or relating to the Submission, Sponsors shall have, in addition to any other rights available to it, at law or in equity, the right to immediately revoke any prize. Sponsor Parties include Merck & Co.

14. DISCLAIMER:
NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY, IN NO EVENT WILL ANY OF THE SPONSOR PARTIES BE LIABLE TO APPLICANT OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF REVENUES, LOST PROFITS, LOST CAPITAL OR OVERHEAD, WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER OR NOT SPONSOR PARTIES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

15. Release of Claims:
By submitting an entry, each Applicant (including each Team member, with respect to Applicants who are Teams) releases each of the Sponsor Parties from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation in this competition, any use by Sponsors of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsors of any rights granted to it herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission and claims for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from the Applicant’s participation in this competition or acceptance or use of any prize.

16. Limitation on Exploitation of Materials:
Each Applicant acknowledges that each of the Sponsor Parties may have engaged and continue to engage in the development, production, acquisition and dissemination of materials that may be similar or identical to the Applicant’s Project or Submission. The Sponsor Parties may use information about the Applicant’s Project or Submission in whole or in part, without any payment or other obligation whatsoever to the Applicant, if the Applicant’s Project or Submission (a) is not unique, novel, original, and concrete so as to be entitled to protection under applicable laws, (b) has been made public by anyone at the time of its submission to Sponsors or otherwise is in the public domain, (c) would be freely usable by a third person if it had not been accepted as a Submission, or (d) is similar or identical to, or contains significant elements encompassed in, an idea, concept or material that has been independently created by either Sponsor or any third party. Acceptance by Sponsors of a Submission is not an admission by Sponsors of the novelty or originality of the Submission.

17. General Terms:
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who violates these Terms and Conditions, tampers with the entry process and/or acts in any way that would, in any way, discredit or harm the reputation of Sponsors, and/or to cancel, modify or suspend this competition should entrant fraud or misconduct or other causes beyond the control of Sponsors corrupt the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the competition. Without limitation of the foregoing, Sponsors reserve the right to terminate, modify or suspend this competition due to any of the following reasons: act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike, lockout or other labor dispute; inclement weather; failure of technical facilities; failure of essential production, or technical personnel to appear or be available; or other cause beyond its control. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, mutilated, misdirected, mis-delivered, or delayed entries, or for technical or human errors or failures of any kind in connection with the submission, transmission, processing or judging of entries, including without limitation any malfunctions or failures of computer hardware, computer software, networks or telephone equipment or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. Caution: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the competition, or in the announcement of the prize.

These Terms and Conditions set forth the entire agreement and understanding between Sponsors and Applicant concerning the subject matter hereof and merges and supersedes all prior discussions, agreements and understandings of any kind between them. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, at any future time to terminate, modify or suspend the competition for any reason, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All notices shall be in writing and shall be delivered to Applicant in accordance with instructions contained herein. Applicant shall be deemed an independent contractor and nothing contained herein shall constitute this arrangement to be employment, a joint venture, or a partnership. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any Terms of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of any provision contained herein. The titles of Sections of these Terms and Conditions are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal effect. The word “including” is used in these Terms and Conditions to mean “including but not limited to.”