2018 Health Hack Competition Challenges

Veterinary Medicine

A wearable biosensor that acts as a first alert system through an app to track the horse's respiratory rate, pulse, and temperature. The owner and horses team will be notified through a red, yellow, and green light system if their are any abnormalities with their horses vitals. We are looking to create a wearable that tracks these three vitals for now, but the end goal is to have a biosensor implant so that we would be able to give our customers 24/7 monitoring.

Wearable biosensor for horses


intraoral scope

Given current audiovisual and information technology advances, design and build a cost effective intra-oral camera for equine dentistry to improve diagnostic capabilities and animal welfare in both equine and rural multi-species practices. Challenges: low cost, compact, light source, variable focal distance, easily manipulated in a standing sedated horse with head and tongue movement, wireless transmission to a device able to record video and still images of the arcades, individual teeth, and soft tissue. Will need a dedicated light source and water flush to remove food debris and tooth dust, and be disinfect-able.


All-In-One Vitals Monitor

It is essential for animals seen in triage to have their vitals assessed. Unfortunately, there are few monitors in clinical practice capable of conveniently and non-invasively measuring a full panel of vitals in animals. Common practice in an emergency veterinary hospital uses tools such as: rectal thermometer (body temperature), Doppler ultrasound (systolic blood pressure), auscultation (heart rate), pulse oximeter (percentage of oxygen saturation), and more. Recent developments in infrared technology have spurred the development of less invasive methods for vitals monitoring such as a non-contact body temperature reader. Infrared has also proved useful in measuring blood pressure, heart rate and SPO2, however a commercially available veterinary product has not been made that encompasses simultaneous measurement of these vitals. Innovators will be challenged to design an all-in-one infrared vitals monitor to provide clinicians with the efficiency they need to stabilize and perform critical medical procedures for their patients.