ROCHE Malaysia's pharmaceutical division organised its first hackathon recently, where staff came together to brainstorm realistic, innovative healthcare solutions for Malaysian cancer patients.
Themed "Reimagine Healthcare", the three day event was co-organised with MaGIC (The Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre) and saw the participation of employees from the Roche group in Malaysia, comprising those in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and shared service centre.
They were guided by a trainer, mentors and validators, with the aim of finding ideas that could have potential impact on Malaysia's healthcare system and cancer patients.
A hackathon is an event (usually hosted by a technology company or organisation) where programmers gather for a short period of time to collaborate on a project. Participants normally work rapidly and often work without sleep to achieve their task, as the events generally last between 24 hours to a few days.
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"Hackathons have rapidly evolved and have become more flexible in recent years, and are now widely used in different industries. I am pleased to see it evolving in the healthcare industry, as these proposed solutions may change the paradigm for patients and the healthcare ecosystem," says Roche Malaysia general manager, Lance Duan.
Through this hackathon, participants benefited from insights and guidance from diverse stakeholders, as not only were they from the healthcare community, but also from the digital and technology arena, adds MaGIC CEO, Dzuleira Abu Bakar.