More than 5 million Canadians living with arthritis face chronic joint pain, stiffness, swelling and persistent fatigue that pose serious challenges to daily life, work functioning, even mental health.
Arthritis can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, physical condition, or background. There is no cure, and if left untreated arthritis can quickly lead to restricted mobility, irreparable joint damage and a greatly reduced quality of life.
For some forms of the disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, treatments are available to help curtail the worst of the inflammation that leads to joint damage. For others, like Osteoarthritis, lifestyle changes can help prolong function and reduce pain, but there’s no real treatment, so you’re left waiting for your joint to get so damaged that you need to have it surgically replaced. Whatever kind of Arthritis you have, existing treatments don’t fully address patient needs.
Why? Physicians are focused on treating inflammation, while patients are more focused on how the disease impacts their quality of life. And while they appreciate and value the support of their health care providers, patients have important lifestyle needs that are largely unmet in the current clinical setting – needs that can impact the progress of their disease, severity of symptoms and overall health.
ArthritisHack is a weekend-long hackathon that breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation. ArthritisHack will bring together healthcare professionals, IT professionals, designers, policy analysts, entrepreneurs, and most importantly – PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS to collaborate, dream up and produce solutions to empower people living with Arthritis in all aspects of care and life.
Please consult the list of themes below and sign-up to add your idea or join a team on our Sparkboard. We understand that you are excited to solve problems but please refrain from developing the solution before the hackathon. Feel free to ideate, design, post, update, review, join or start a project on Sparkboard!
At ArthritisHack, you will build prototypes for your ideas, so that they can be tested to potentially transform healthcare. We are excited to have The Arthritis Society consider your successful projects for pilot opportunities. Other projects will move on to become viable startups — and that’s how together we can create impact!
Do you have business/healthcare/design/other expertise, we want to hear about it! Sign-up HERE to become a mentor.