eHealth 2018: Collaborating with other health innovators and a nod to our roots

The annual e-Health conference took place this year in Vancouver over May 27th – 30th and brought together Canadian digital health leaders and innovators who share the common goal of improving patient outcomes and transforming our health system. Our Reliq Health team attended to represent iUGO Care and collaborate with other trailblazers in the industry who also have an interest in actively engaging patients with chronic disease.

Andy and Katerina from ForaCare Canada, iUGO Care’s vendor partner in Texas

The conference had a range of events fostering innovation and offering networking opportunities. Hacking Health partnered once again with e-Health and led another successful Hackathon. The Hackathon design challenge, in particular, is close to our hearts, as iUGO Care’s roots started in 2015 at the Toronto eHealth conference. Co-founders Leo Godreault and Reliq Health’s Chief Visionary Officer Giancarlo De Leo’s Hackathon team developed CareKit (since renamed iUGO Care), a care coordination platform connected to wearables and sensors. The data generated by patients while at home is shared with healthcare professionals and family members, allowing them to monitor their health remotely. opens in a new windowRead the full story of our journey.

For those unfamiliar with opens in a new windowHacking Health, they are an international non-profit organization bringing together a community of progressive healthcare professionals, patients, developers and other technical stakeholders, designers, entrepreneurs, and industry collaborators to find solutions to current challenges within the healthcare system. As technology is rapidly developing there is an urgent need to ensure that front-line healthcare professionals and organizations keep pace.

The eHealth Hackathon is a three-day event that pairs teams consisting of physicians, healthcare professionals, and technology experts with leaders, entrepreneurs, buyers and decision makers to work collaboratively to build solutions and prototypes that tackle problems in healthcare. Teams iterate rapidly from concept to prototype over the course of the event, and on the last day of the Hackathon, leaders of the teams presented their projects and winners were selected. A special focus this year was placed on patients and connected care and tackling the issue of chronic disease management.

“Three out of five Canadians aged 20 and older have a chronic disease, and 67% of all deaths per year are caused by four major chronic diseases (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases)” according to the Public Health Agency of Canadaopens PDF file .

Rachel Barker, VP of Operations of Reliq Health technologies, presents at Hacking Health pitch night with Luc Sirois, Co-founder of Hacking Health, and Dr. Eric Cadesky, president-elect of Doctors of BC

This year’s winners were:

  • Orion Health Prize Winner: WikiMeds
  • Digital Health Canada Prize Winner: SAM: The Smart Automated Medical Assistant
  • CIHI Prize Winner: Care Circles
  • Infoway Prize Winner: Care Circles
  • e-Health People’s Choice: Care Circles
  • Hacking Health and e-Health Patient’s Choice: Patient Appointment Drop-off Assistant

The Hacking Health judging panel included Dr. Chris Hobson (Orion Health), Shiran Isaacksz (Digital Health Canada Board President), Herbet Brasileiro (CIHI), Sue Sepa (Infoway), and e-Health patient representatives Kerri Mackay and Francine Buchanan.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on creating solutions for a better, healthier future for people suffering from chronic diseases. We look forward to seeing you all at eHealth 2019!

Group shot of all Hacking Health 2018 Hackathon organizers, participants, mentors, volunteers, and supporters.

Check back with us for information on where the iUGO Care team will be next. For scheduling demos or meeting with our sales team email