Global Health and Oncology are two of the biggest challenges in the world today, and I was excited to go to a health hackathon at MGH to brainstorm projects to help clinicians in resource-poor settings. At the start, I pitched to the crowd a proposal to take the idea I had seen of a website called teacherlists.com
which lets inner-city teachers make wish lists of resources they would benefit the most from, and apply it to developing world clinics. A lot of people who liked the idea came together and over the course of 48 hours we solidified the idea and presented it to the judges. Our idea was to create an online platform called NeedsList that would allow healthcare providers in resource-poor regions abroad to share their healthcare needs (e.g., personnel, training, consumables, or equipment) with those who are interested in donating resources. We have seen that a lot of efforts to share resources or donate equipment aren’t focused on the actual on-the-ground needs of clinics in resource-poor settings. We want to empower healthcare providers to actually say what they need instead of receiving donations they can’t use. We ended up winning the "Most Implementable" prize and are busy now working as a team to connect with clinicians with Global Oncology who might be able to pilot test the project!
Mass General Global Health Cancer Hackathon