DiversityxMESH 2020 Hackathon | May 2020
In Collaboration with the MGH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Who We Are
DiversityxMESH is a collaboration between The MGH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the MESH Incubator. Through this collaboration we focus on developing technology-based solutions to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine as well as patient care.
“We believe that targeting inequality enhances the quality of care for all. It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of a patient’s needs.”
Diversity in Radiology
Medical imaging continues to become an ever-increasing part of routine healthcare. Prior research has shown that patients of low socioeconomic status, non-English speakers, and minorities were at increased risk for having “imaging missed care opportunities”. This in turn can lead to delays in diagnosis and care. Additionally, as imaging technology continues to become more sophisticated, for example the use of artificial intelligence in imaging, it is important to ensure that it is free of bias. As this can be a challenging task for black-box technologies, it is important to ensure those using, testing, and implementing the technology are as diverse as the patients they treat.
DiversityxMESH 2020 Hackathon: Hacking Health Disparities
Suggested Attendees: Physicians, Support Staff, Technologists, Nurses, Entrepreneurs, Researchers, Engineers, prior participants in MESH programs.
What is a Hackathon?
A hackathon is a portmanteau of “hacking” and “marathon”, where hacking refers to the idea of developing novel approaches to a problem. A hackathon is an event where groups of participants with diverse backgrounds/skillsets come together to solve real world problems with innovative solutions. Typically held over a 2-3 day period of time, the event provides attendees the opportunity to identify a problem, form a team with talented individuals with different skill sets, and then come up with an innovative solution. Part networking, part conference, part career development, hackathons have become a fun and favorite way to identify and solve problems.
A Diversity Hackathon?
Whether it is people of color, gender diverse individuals, economically disadvantaged people, or non-English speakers, every healthcare system has populations that do not receive the appropriate level of care. Despite initiatives on improving the patient experience from a hospital-wide prospective, the patient experience in radiology has remained the same. As such, barriers to imaging continue to exist and lead to imaging missed care opportunities which disproportionately affect under-served populations. The purpose of this event is to identify those barriers and develop solutions to ensure everyone has access to the care they deserve.
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DiversityxMESH Steering Committee
Dan Chonde, MD PhD
Marc Succi, MD
Sandra Rincon, MD
Efren Flores, MD
Anand Narayan, MD
Dania Daye, MD PhD
Karen Buch, MD
Holly Brideau, MD
Avik Som, MD PhD
Mari Tanaka, MD
Mimi Xu, MD