Author and geneticist
"Right now the tool does only relative facial comparisons," Moalem explains. "I know it can do so much more and this hackathon will be what we need to take it to the next level--and ideally, arm doctors with crucial knowledge to help patients."
The hackathon is scheduled for
"The goal is to create an environment with enough support where these teams (usually pitched by clinicians) can really dive deep into the problems in healthcare, be matched with the right innovative people who provide solutions, and then work on the solution enough to have a product to demo at the end," explains
The rare disease track of the hackathon emerged from a collaboration between Dr. Moalem and
According to White, "It's not realistic to expect physicians to be highly educated about 7000 different diseases-most of which they will never see in their practice. I can tell you as a rare disease caregiver that leveraging technology in this way will be a huge leap forward in getting a timely and accurate diagnosis and, for some patients, more effective treatment."
Cross-functional teams will compete over the course of 3 days to refine Moalem's rare disease diagnosis software and the winning team will receive funding for their approach. Moalem is donating his Recognyz patents to Global Genes so the tool can be offered free of charge to physicians.
"We are honored to be a strategic partner in this opportunity to offer a potentially game changing new tool to physicians," commented
For information about the rare disease hackathon, contact:
For more facts on rare disease diagnosis, view and share Siren's infographic, Journey into the Unknown, The Search for a Rare Diagnosis.
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