Mobile app for homecare wins first prize at TietoHack

The goal for Sthlm Tietohack, which was held on 25-27 November, was to make everyday life easier for citizens and personnel within education and healthcare. First prize went to the MedCompanion team, whose mobile service aims to simplify the work for homecare personnel and improve the experience for patients and relatives by automating and documenting communication between the parties.

In an effort to promote digitalisation within the public sector, Tieto staged a hackathon together with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the City of Stockholm and IBM where developers, students and professionals gathered during 48 intensive hours to create innovative solutions for better healthcare and education. The event took place on the KTH campus by Karolinska hospital in the vicinity of Stockholm.

- It was a very inspiring weekend, with the aim of creating new solutions for the future of education and healthcare. The different teams managed to challenge conventional work processes and used data to create new inroads for effective services for both staff and citizens. We are very pleased with the result and look forward to following the continued development of the solutions that were produced, says Björn-Erik Erlandsson, adviser and former Deputy Dean of the School of Technology and Health at KTH.

The winning solution was presented by team MedCompanion, which consisted of KTH students Mårten Cronander, Vincent Widerberg, Nira Nirmalathas and Arif Jehda-Oh. The group chose to focus on challenges within home care, and developed a mobile app with functions for both text-to-text and speech-to-text, which helps patients, relatives and staff communicate more efficiently with each other. Simple messages such as “I’m on my way” or “the washing machine is running and needs to be emptied” are handled in a simple way, which helps create a common situational awareness and makes all parties feel more secure.

- I didn’t know anyone here, and now we have built both a new team and a new service, says Nira Nirmalathas, and Vincent Widerberg adds:

- It was a lot of fun to take part in a hackathon and get to know new people both in our own team and among the other participants. This was an experience you can’t get in any other way, he says. 

The team received the first prize of SEK 25 000 and will have the opportunity to present their winning solution to authorities, municipalities and county councils, as well as Public Administration Minister Ardalan Shekarabi at the TietoForum which will be held on 5-6 December. They will also have a chance to develop their idea further with the help of Tieto’s innovation incubator and data-driven business unit.

- The participants showed an impressive level of creativity and knowledge, which is absolutely essential to develop the services of the future for the public sector. The result proves that the talent is out there and capable of producing very concrete and innovative solutions, as long as we are able to include and combine different disciplines in the right way. The services of the future will be created through different forms of innovation collaborations together with customers and end users, and with a focus on data, says Johan Höglund, Vice President, Healthcare and Welfare, Tieto.

Hackathons have become increasingly popular over recent years as a way of finding new ideas and concepts within a wide range of industries. They bring together different perspectives during a set period of time and use data to develop new innovative solutions for society’s current challenges. Tieto has previously arranged hackatons for areas including healthcare, manufacturing industries and retail, which produced new data-driven solutions for both professionals and the public.      

More information about Sthlm Tietohack: http://campaigns.tieto.com/sthlm-tietohack

Read more about hackathons: https://www.tieto.com/insights-and-opinions/the-ingredients-of-a-successful-hackathon

For additional information, please contact

Johan Höglund, Vice President, Healthcare and Welfare, Tieto
tel: +46 70-756 51 57, email: johan.hoglund[at]tieto.com

Björn-Erik Erlandsson, adviser for the School of Technology and Health, KTH
tel: +46 70 551 43 30, email: bjorn-erik.erlandsson[at]sth.kth.se

Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. www.tieto.com

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