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Last weekend was the second edition of the Montreal Hacking Health Hackathon. Over 500 people participated to help improve healthcare with technology.

Amongst those 500 were us three of OSEDEA : Martin, Angus and me. We did not have a project idea on friday, but Martin wanted to bring his new gadget, none other than the Google Glass, and try to rally some healthcare professionals. His pitch created some buzz in the audience and we were flooded with ideas by people who just wanted to collaborate.

In the end, we chose to work with a resident surgeon, an engineer in neurosurgery and a graphic designer to produce essentially two distinct products.

The first product was called Visual Assisted Surgical Exchange (V.A.S.E.) and aims to enhance surgical procedures by improving communication between assisting nurse and surgeon with a unique visual aid (the Google Glass) and optimized tool organization (Kaizen). Basically, the surgeon asks for a tool and the nurse can ask V.A.S.E. to show the tool in the tray. The nurse can also ask the app how to assemble the tool if needed.

The second product was called Intraoperative Live Imaging (I.O.L.I.) and is aimed to improve the usability of image-guidance in neurosurgery, a technology that is like a GPS system for neurosurgeon. The application shows a live feed of images directly to the Google Glass worn by the surgeon.

The team and I had lots of fun during the week-end. Even though it was tough, we overcame the challenges and were able to present two working products in the end. Also, our products won three prizes, including best project combining innovation and technology.

If you want the see the code, we have open sourced it at https://bitbucket.org/osedea/hacking-health-2014

Furthermore, you can go unto http://www.livemedassist.com to have more information on those products.

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