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HH Toronto Ideathon: Innovating the Patient Experience

October 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

HH Toronto Ideathon 2018

Hacking Health Toronto is proud to present its next event during Toronto Health Innovation Week at MaRS. Join us for this THIW kick-off Ideathon and help us reimagine the clinical experience for patients with chronic diseases. Bring your best budding ideas, brainstorm and pitch your solutions!


  • 9:00-9:30AM Doors open: Breakfast & Networking
  • 9:30-9:45AM Keynote by Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya
  • 9:45-9:55AM Keynote by Lisa Machado, Patient Advocate
  • 10:00AM – 11:30AM Team Formation and Hacking Begins
  • 11:30AM – 12:30PM Pitching and Judging

Who should join?

This Ideathon is for techies, healthcare workers, business people, and most of all… patients with lived experience! We’re starting from square one, with creativity, technology, and patients as the building blocks for a new vision of the healthcare experience. We are looking for a winning solution that can:

  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Give a better user experience… patients are people too!
  • Provide a realistic solution that makes business sense

What are we creating?

Ideathons are design workshops with patients at the center. Understanding the problem patients face, defining it, and brainstorming a solution that your team can present in any creative way they choose is the mission (i.e. a few slides, short video, acting, wireframes… surprise us!)

Did you say Judging?

Yes! Whether it’s a Hackathon, Design Jam, or Ideathon, the best solutions win! At our THIW Ideathon the winning team will get a swag bag, and the opportunity to share their idea with the Hacking Health Canada network.

About Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya

Dr.Onil Bhattacharyya is the Frigon Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research at Women’s College Hospital. He is a practicing clinician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He has been a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Commonwealth Fund in New York City and a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research focuses on the application of methods from the software and startup sector to health service design. Dr. Bhattacharyya received his medical degree from the University of Montreal, and PhD in health services research from the University of Toronto.

About Lisa Machado

Lisa Machado is a former financial journalist who, after being diagnosed with a rare leukemia in 2008, now writes and speaks about the patient experience and the challenges of living with chronic illness. She is the head of PatientSpeak, a communications consultancy that matches patients and caregivers with organizations that want to engage them. She is also the founder of the Canadian CML Network, and the author of the award-winning “Living Well with CML: What you need to know to live your best life with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia.” Lisa has been interviewed by CTV News, Rogers Media and the CBC and featured in a number of newspaper articles. She has written for The Caregiver Network and Cure Today magazine. Lisa also writes a regular column at CML-IQ.com and you can find her blog at cmlnetwork.ca.


October 8, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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MaRS Discovery District
Hacking Health TorontoHH Toronto Ideathon: Innovating the Patient Experience