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Iceland Health Hack

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Be part of Iceland Health Tech Cluster's Health Hack and shape innovations in the field of health tech and life sciences with creative people.

Iceland Health Hack is a longer version of the hackathon that runs from January to May 2024. We work for 5 months with our partners' experts so that the participants get the most and the best help in the development of their solution.

Below you can find the challenges of our partners for the 2024 Lausnarmót.

The application deadline is February 1st 2024.

Application form can be found here

Challenges for the 2024 Health Hack

The partners of Iceland Health Tech Cluster's Health Hack compile challenges for each Health Hack with the aim to create user-centered healthcare solutions through innovative thinking, processes and methods.


Partners select participants who apply to solve the challenges presented. Each challenge has its responsible person and contact person, and the participants of the Health Hack work with the experts of our partners to get the most and the best help in the development of their solution.


Challenges from Landspítali

Landspítali focuses on the development of solutions that use smart technology in the treatment of patients, the use of virtual reality, the use of virtual care in home care to relieve pressure in hospitals, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to process information faster and obtain better predictive models, whether it concerns diagnostics, the use of diagnostics or forecasts in general work in hospitals and in special diseases. 

Building an infrastructure to facilitate the development of health tech solutions

One of the main challenges for innovative companies regarding the development of solutions for the healthcare system is the availability of test data and test environments. Health information is by its very nature sensitive and difficult to handle, and for example it is not possible to give access to such data for use in the development of solutions. There is therefore an urgent need to develop and build non-personally identifiable data sets to be used in the development and testing of technical solutions. The project is also about creating an API to provide access to this data. We are looking for partners who have been involved in similar projects and can work with us to solve the problem.

Increased efficiency in Landspítali's digital communication with patients

Several day and outpatient departments of the hospital have opened up the possibility that patients on the waiting list or in active treatment can, on their own initiative, initiate contact with departments at the hospital. It is important to work quickly and safely through messages from patients so that they get answers to their questions as soon as possible. It must also be taken into account that the number of errands does not increase the burden on the hospital's staff, and it is therefore important to always find the right channel for errands. See more here.

Forecasting models for service demand and optimizing supply to meet demand

When the clinical departments of the hospital are planning the schedule for the next 90 days, prioritizing treatments or estimating the need for a number of outpatient appointments, it is important for them to know what the demand is for a particular service. The flow of patients onto the waiting list indicates the demand for specific resources. Instead of the staff only being able to assess the current status of the waiting list, it would be preferable to use the influx of patients to predict what the future need will be and thus support the staff in their decision-making regarding planning. We are looking for a solution that can be implemented in Landspítali's processes and gives the staff a good overview of future needs as well as making a proposal for availability.

Challenges from the Primary Care of the Capital Area

The challenges and focus of the Primary Care of the Capital Area.

Digital manuals 

The challenge
Manuals in PDF files stored in shared areas whether in the cloud or shared storage have disadvantages. At first, it can be difficult for employees to find what they are looking for.

The solution required

Create an electronic area where staff are enabled to access manuals and process descriptions. The solution can be used both for processes and also as a specific teaching area. This system should include:
· Checklists for specific procedures to ensure proper execution.
· Ability to upload, view and edit videos and instructions related to staff work.
· Access control that can be customized by profession, allowing staff to find the most appropriate content for their tasks.

Digital medicine service

The challenge
Pharmaceuticals Division is an expanding support division that will assist healthcare professionals with pharmaceutical matters. The field is developing rapidly and needs technical solutions to assist professionals in the most efficient way. Part of the problem is finding the right solutions.

The solution required
Develop a system that communicates information and communication regarding drug issues within a health institution. This arrangement would include:
· Connections to medication applications, for example a central medication chart, to facilitate the recording and updating of medication information.
· Coordination of medication registrations and information sharing between healthcare professionals.

Solution buffet

The challenge
It can be difficult for professionals to have an overview and to know all the remedies for different groups both inside and outside of healthcare.

The solution required
Create an area for professionals where they can familiarize themselves with and choose from the solutions that are available, both within healthcare and from external sources. Professionals push the resources they recommend that both record and better show how the client accesses those services. In this area it should be possible to:
• To get detailed information about each service that is available.
• Looking for solutions to specific problems or needs.
• It will be possible to send directly from the system to the solutions that offer it

The Primary Health Care central systems

The challeng
Healthcare is facing a problem due to the lack of a system that can communicate with other systems within the healthcare service. This creates barriers to the implementation and innovation of systems that can work with patient information, book appointments, and handle more tasks.

The solution required
Assist in clarifying a vision for a centralized solution that could act as a healthcare intranet, which includes:
· Analysis of existing systems: Define and map existing processes and systems, including how information and data flow between them.
· Needs Analysis: Determine the organization's needs for information access and security, and how best to meet those needs in a compatible environment.
· Collaboration with stakeholders: Work closely with staff and other stakeholders to ensure they understand the goal and how it will improve their day-to-day work.

Facilitate and review processes for Mental Health Services

The challenge

The current referral process and registration for sessions in psychological services is inaccessible and unnecessarily complex. When the registration of clients is inaccurate, e.g. a certain percentage of clients on the waiting list who are not actually waiting.

The solution required
Review and simplify the current system for primary mental health care, which includes:
· Improvement of the referral system for clients seeking psychologists.
· Monitoring and follow-up of important metrics, such as the number of interviews and the general process that follows a client from the time he or she starts psychological services.

Challenges from the Directorate of Health

The challenges and focus of the Directorate of Health.

The use of artificial intelligence to increase the efficiency of drug renewals through Heilsuvera

An AI-based functionality to propose actions related to pharmaceutical innovations based on the interpretation and processing of structured data and processes.
Aim to increase service quality, efficiency and safety by using artificial intelligence to plan next steps for doctors/healthcare providers when healthcare users request medication refills.
For example:
Proposal for a blood test if there is a certain length of time since the last inspection due to the decision. drugs within a predefined ATC category
Proposal for supervision, interview and inspection, based on a predetermined time frame, e.g. due to blood pressure treatment, psychotropic drug treatment, etc.

Open Category 

Solution, design for a solution or service for healthcare professionals or the public in Iceland
We are particularly looking for solutions that benefit the public to improve their health and facilitate active participation in their treatment
The solution could also be customized for a group of people with a certain chronic disease or who need to use certain services to a large extent for a longer or shorter period of time
It is desirable that the project supports the policy of the Office of the National Medical Examiner on electronic medical records

Using artificial intelligence to monitor abnormal searches in a prescription portal

AI-based functionality to spot abnormal lookups in a prescription portal based on the interpretation and processing of structured data and processes.
Aim to increase monitoring and security by using artificial intelligence to find abnormal lookups.
In this way, it is possible to work on more efficient and proactive control and prevent violations, e.g. on the Personal Protection Act.
For example:
Multiple lookups of the same person within the system within a certain time frame

The use of artificial intelligence to assess the risk of drug addiction

An AI-based activity to assess the risk of substance abuse in a patient undergoing drug treatment. The functionality is based on the processing of structured data and processes. The goal is to develop a function that can assist doctors in assessing the risk of an addiction problem in a patient they have in drug treatment.


For example: A patient who has received strong painkillers following an operation.


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A unique event

The Health Hack is a longer version of a hackathon that runs from January to May. The Health Hack's "harvest festival" will take place in conjunction with the Innovation Week

22-26 May 2023.


We work with the experts of our partners so that the participants get the most and best help in the development of their solution  


The goal

Is creating user-centered healthcare solutions through innovative thinking, processes and methods.


Partners select participants who apply to solve the challenges presented. It is up to the partners to choose whether they want to invest in the solution at the end of Health Hack in the form of continued development or with a direct financial contribution.

Previous Challenges/Projects

Examples of previous challenges

From the Directorate of Health:

A solution for displaying information about stages in infant development.

A solution for publishing complete medical records for doctors and staff.

From Landspítali University Hospital:

Solution for patients with eating disorders, individual and personalized service.

A solution showing the estimated wait time in LSH's waiting rooms

From the Primary Care of the Capital Area:

A solution for electronic psychotherapy that takes place in a secure environment

A solution where you can record your sleeping habits with ease.

"Our participation in the Health Hack opened ways for us to test our proven solutions under the watchful eye of Landspítali's experts. We encourage everyone who work in healthcare to consider participating in the Health Hack"

Helgi S. Karlsson

co-founder of Beanfee ehf.

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