We are so excited to announce Toronto’s 4th Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK.org) on June 1 – 3, 2012.
Archive for May, 2012
Last week I attended the Idea Jam Night for Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) here in Toronto. The event was held in preparation of our upcoming hackathon on June 2nd and 3rd. In a hackathon, subject matter experts submit problems they are facing in their field of expertise where there is potential for technological solutions. Over the course of a weekend, they are grouped with interested developers to work on building a working prototype of the proposed solution. I am happy to be a part of the organizing committee for this hackathon and even happier that one of the problems presented was healthcare-related. The idea was submitted by Leanne Tran who conducts radiology research in Toronto.
Approximately 80% of maternal deaths globally are due to obstrectic complications such as haemorrhage, sepsis, etc. 99% of those deaths are in developing countries, and most of them are highly preventable with the right obstetric care. (Chuni, 2008). Taking Nepal as an example, obstructed labour is the second highest leading cause of maternal deaths. Often these soon-to-be mothers do not have access to specialized care and don’t discover potential complications such as feto-pelvic disproportion (when the size of the fetus’ head is larger than the pelvic) until it’s too late. The problem as outlined by Leanne was two-fold 1) lack of specialized training in operating ultrasound devices, as the accuracy and quality of ultrasound scanning is highly operator-dependent and 2) lack of access to radiologists and OBGYNs to interpret those scans.