2018 Health Hack Competition Challenges


Wearables


Gait, Balance and Motor Coordination Assessment in Adults with Neurological Disorders

There are numerous disorders of the nervous system which adversely affect walking ability (gait), alter balance and coordination and motor control. Hydrocephalus is a neurological disorder associated with an increased size of the fluid chambers (ventricles) of the brain (ventriculomegaly). Adults with hydrocephalus may present with gait disturbance and cognitive impairment (dementia). These symptoms are, however, common and not specific to hydrocephalus. A common clinical challenge involves determining if symptoms of gait disturbance and cognitive dysfunction are linked (causative or connected) in a patient with hydrocephalus (large ventricles). This clinical challenge is currently addressed using a brief (short duration) assessment of gait velocity and cognitive tests before and after removal of a predetermined volume of spinal fluid with a lumbar puncture or lumbar drain.

 

Wearable Neuro-technology for Concussion Management

Many concussion injuries are mismanaged in emergency departments, sports medicine clinics, and athletic facilities because there is a lack of portable imaging methods to monitor the injury. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), a non-invasive optical imaging system that measures changes in blood oxygenation in the brain, has shown promise as a concussion monitoring tool. Can you build a sleek, wireless, wearable device that uses NIRS technology to monitor concussion patients?

 

Chronic condition and activity tracking

AT INLIV, inliv.com, we want to integrate wearable devices into our programs for tracking of chronic disease, specifically hypertension and atrial fibrillation. It would be great if we were also able to track patient activity levels along with heart rate, blood pressure responses and ECG. If there was a way that a device could combine activity, heart rate and blood pressure readings (ECG as a wish list) and provide this data to physicians through syncing in an app that would be great for us.