“Bringing together innovators to co-create digital solutions for health in Thailand”
January 9-13, 2017 at Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
Organized by Khon Kaen University in collaboration with MIT Sana
Theme : “mHealth Thailand” Mobile Technology for Health Care Improvement
“KKU mHealth” is an innovative program that brings together students and faculty from the fields of Medicine, Public Health, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Dentistry, Social Sciences, Business, Design, and related fields at Khon Kaen University (KKU) to collaborate on mHealth (mobile and wireless communication technologies for health), solutions for health care challenges in Thailand.
● A 5-day event divided in 3 parts:
2-day “Bootcamp” where students and faculty participate in lectures and workshops on topics such as design thinking, mHealth technologies, Android programming basics, prototype development, medical informatics, and topics related to health care. Computer engineering and science students get acquainted with the problems/challenges faced by doctors and other health professionals.
2-day “Hackathon” where clinicians and health professionals “pitch” a challenge or “pain point” (health issue) they want solved by the engineers, business and design students. Clinical staff / health professionals team up with students from computer engineering and science, business, social science and design to work together to “hack” solutions to health care problems.
1-day “Presentation and Award” where teams present their ideas and prototypes to a team of judges.
MIT Sana is a group of Harvard-MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) doctors and engineers who develop mobile health technology solutions. Their mission is to promote collaboration, co-creation and capacity building to improve health care using the following principles:
• Assemble multidisciplinary teams to foster a design thinking approach to building solutions.
• Design solutions together with local partners, to ensure that solutions are customized and effective for the local environments.
• Train the next generation of informaticians and health innovators to promote quality improvement and drive sustainable local innovation.