Health and Wellness Innovation 2012


We are extremely proud of the work that our six teams completed during this year's Health and Wellness Innovation event at the MIT Media Lab.
Here are the videos of their projects.
An introduction video and the transcript below provide more details about this year's event. Special thanks to GlaxoSmithKline for sponsoring the video production.
The annual Health and Wellness Innovation Activity at the MIT Media Lab serves as a springboard for great ideas that have the potential to revolutionize the way we approach health care.
During a two-week period, students from renowned academic institutions partner with industry professionals and innovators to design and build technologies that will enable people to take better control of their health.
Participants for the 2012 Health and Wellness activity were divided into six teams that included Media Lab sponsors GlaxoSmithKline, Best Buy, Humana, Motorola, Hallmark, and Fleury; students from the US, UK, Greece, Spain, and Austria; and collaborators from Children’s Hospital Boston and Phillips. Working tirelessly, the teams focused on tackling important health issues, such as diabetes, asthma, pain management, cardiac rehabilitation, post-operative care, and personalized health management.
Many innovative ideas in the field of health information technology are slow to progress from concept to reality. The technical infrastructure for patient data storage and visualization are typically recreated for each project, which slows development and detracts focus from the novel aspects of the work. In this activity, teams were supported in using open-source tools including the Indivo X personally controlled health record and CollaboRhythm, a care delivery and social networking platform being developed at the
MIT Media Lab. As a result, teams were able to produce extraordinary advances in a very short period of time. Every team demonstrated a compelling working prototype on the final day of the event.
This year, the Boston-based venture firm, Spark Capital, granted a total of $10,000 in prize money to projects that best embodied the vision of the event. The award is intended to help groups take their projects to the next level. In addition, we helped the teams produce a short video to introduce their project to funders and potential collaborators. Check out the exciting ideas that came out of this year’s activity to get a sense of what’s to come.