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The Health and Technology Challenge (HaTCH)

The Janssen Health and Technology Challenge (HaTCH)

At Janssen we believe that everyone has the potential to create a better future for healthcare in Australia. One bold idea is all it takes to make a difference. It’s why we’ve launched the Janssen Health and Technology Challenge (HaTCH). HaTCH is a new initiative designed to help entrepreneurs, start-ups and community organisations realise their ideas for a healthier Australia.

Entrants of the 2014 challenge needed to show how their idea can improve health outcomes – either through early disease detection and monitoring, access and sharing of health information, or improving connectivity between HCPs and the community. Finalists had the opportunity to workshop their ideas with members of the judging panel and mentors from the healthcare industry.

The inaugural HaTCH was held in October of 2014. A team of Melbourne health tech innovators won, receiving a $100,000* grant to accelerate the development of their ‘Footprints’ idea. The sensor system, designed by Quanitcare Technologies, has the ability to predict falls in the elderly before they occur. It constantly monitors walking patterns and informs doctors when intervention is needed.

The device has the potential to improve the quality of life of Australian seniors. It can also help them remain independent for longer. A much needed solution to the challenges faced by Australia’s ageing population.

Another team from Melbourne received the Janssen HaTCH Booster Award for their project, ‘Life Pictures’. It brings together biomarkers and smartphone technology to detect early signs of disease. They receive ongoing coaching to assist the development of their idea.

HaTCH will ensure innovation continues to thrive and Australians will access new ideas sooner. Which is good for the health of our business and the community.

To view all finalists details visit #JanssenHatch.

* Under the terms and conditions, payment of the $100,000 is subject to the winner, Footprints, entering into a collaboration agreement with Janssen.