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Burke's Dr. Dohle and Montefiore Resident Physician Win Grand Prize at MIT Hacking Medicine Event

Published December 11, 2018

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Assistant Chief Medical Officer Carolin Dohle, MD and Montefiore Resident Physician Abhishek Agarwal, DO presented a caregiver app, an innovative solution to benefit family caregivers at MIT Hacking Medicine’s 2018 Grand Hack event.

Drs. Dohle and Agarwal, along with engineers and other experts won the grand prize in the Rehabilitation and Human Performance section of the event for their presentation on this app development project. The team also won the Weill Cornell Medicine Award for New Innovation.

Organized by the MIT Hacking Medicine organization, the annual Grand Hack is an event where hundreds of clinicians, engineers, designers, developers and members of the business community come together to brainstorm and teach how to utilize digital strategies to solve health problems globally.

“Burke’s participation in these teaching and think-tank events continues to position us as a leader in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,” said Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, MS, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer. “With our commitment to caring for caregivers, Burke is looking forward to collaborating not only on this caregiver app project, but on other future innovative projects.”

Two hundred forty people participated in this 2018 Grand Hack event in New York City. The event is broken into three sections, each being a particular focus area that attendees, called hackers, are working to create innovative solutions that will have high global impacts. The three focus areas at this event were Rehabilitation and Human Performance, Reimagining Lung Cancer and Mental and Public Health.

Burke’s Dr. Dohle, Montefiore’s Dr. Agarwal and the rest of the winning team presented in the Rehabilitation and Human Performance area, which aims to create innovative solutions that will help those living with disabilities push the boundaries of human ability and performance. This track focused on strategies and the use of digital platforms and technology to improve a patient’s ability to maintain a high level of independence. Burke knows that one important way to do this is to care for the caregiver.

The technology will aim to benefit caregivers by providing access to information and support at the touch of a button, as well as connect caregivers to others who are experiencing similar life-changing circumstances. Reducing caregiver burden is a proven approach to improving patient outcomes that Burke has implemented strategies for, most recently being the opening of its Marsal Caregiver Center, the first of its kind in a rehabilitation hospital in the nation.

Burke is committed to continuing to focus not only on the patient’s recovery, but also on the mental and physical well-being of caregivers. Burke is looking forward to working together with the technology industry and academic partners on innovative projects like this app to improve a patient’s function and quality of life.

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