The Holy Grail: automating documentation of patient encounters

Ask any healthcare professional to make one wish, and more often than not it’ll be something along the lines of, “I wish I had an app to write my notes for me.” Documenting patient encounters is time-consuming, annoying, and takes away time/attention that could be better spent communicating face-to-face with patients. This past weekend, I peeled myself away from PulseBeat-related work to spend the weekend in Boston participating in MIT’s healthcare hackathon. I went with Google Glass developer extraordinaire, John Rodley (TwiAge, a fellow Blueprint startup), and met several other talented people there. After 2 days of hacking, we walked away with a functional prototype of a Glass app that does just that — and won First Place. More importantly, I learned a lot and walked away feeling even hungrier to change healthcare as we knew it.

[First published on my Quora blog on March 18th 2014]

The Winning Team
The Winning Team at MIT’s Hacking Medicine Hackathon (March 2014)