InnoHack Team 01Opioid overdoses killed more than 40,000 Americans in 2016 – more than five times the number who died in 1999. InnoHack 2018 chose the opioid crisis as the biggest healthcare crisis facing Alabama and assigned the 80 competing professionals and students with the task to “hack” for 24 hours and find solutions to the opioid crisis in Jefferson County.

The 80 competitors were randomly divided into sixteen teams and spent January 19 – 20, 2018, at Innovation Depot developing solutions that were pitched to experts in the field. The best ideas survived a preliminary round of judging and then faced off in the finals.

The top three teams earned prize money and their ideas are being considered for implementation by healthcare organizations across Jefferson County, with hope that parts of the team’s ideas can be implemented. 

InnoHack 1st Place Pilgrim White Hakim PratherInnoHack Winners: Pilgrim, White, Hakim and PratherThe first place team, who won $2,500, included:

  • Judi Hakim, student, UAB School of Medicine
  • Jonathan Pilgrim, student, UAB Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA)
  • Lucas Prather, student, UAB MSHA
  • Jody White, nurse manager, UAB Hospital

The runner up team, who shared $1,500 in prize money, included: 

  • Matthew Barnes, student, UAB MSHA
  • Becky Langner, nurse manager, UAB Hospital
  • Matt Waldrop, student, UAB MSHA and Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

The third place team, who split $500, included:

  • Kody Brinton, student, UAB MSHA
  • Rylie Hightower, student, Master of Science in Biomedical Neuroscience
  • Rajesh Pillai, systems architect, UAB
  • Kylie Woodman, student, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication Management

“The experience of students working alongside professionals enables the teams to create innovative ideas and see firsthand the value of collaboration and understanding the importance of different perspectives on the challenging issues related to the opioid crisis,” said Teresa Shufflebarger, chief strategy officer, Brookwood Baptist Health and developer of the InnoHack concept.

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InnoHack Team 02The UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration, home to the MSHA and MSHI graduate programs, landed five students – including two on the championship group – on the top three finishing teams.

On day one of the two-day event, Zelia Baugh, vice president, Psychiatric Services, Brookwood Baptist Health, provided an overview of the opioid issues and shared some areas the teams were to address including:

  • Providing novel ways to get Naloxone kits, the medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose, more widely available and closer to situations where overdoses occur;
  • Increasing education about the signs and symptoms of overdoses and the proper use of Naloxone to addicts, by friends, family and law enforcement agencies;
  • Creating ways to reduce bias among healthcare provider communities towards those persons who suffer from substance abuse.

Each team had access to six professionals from the Birmingham community who served as mentors and provided expertise in the subject area, insight and advice on “Design Thinking” and innovation.

The event, sponsored by Brookwood Baptist Health, UAB School of Health Professions, Medicine, Public Health and Nursing as well as Think Data Solutions and Innovation Depot, brings together multi-disciplinary teams to solve a critical healthcare issue annually.