A modern healthcare ecosystem that continuously explores new and groundbreaking ways to provide better quality care faster is vital to helping veterans live long and fulfilling lives.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) understands the importance of supporting this mission and is doubling down on its commitment to being a caring partner and trusted provider of reliable access to veteran care. Supported by the VA MISSION Act of 2018, legislation aimed at fundamentally transforming elements of the VA healthcare system, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is implementing a number of national initiatives. Efforts include patient-centered medical homes and care, new telehealth and connected health programs, transformational specialty care programs, and other priority areas for veterans.

Partnering for Telehealth Innovation

Central to enhancing healthcare delivery and improving patient outcomes from these VHA initiatives is technology innovation.

That is why Samsung is joining forces with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and VHA for the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack, the largest healthcare hackathon in the U.S., to be held May 3-5 in Boston. The event will bring together the best minds to bridge the gap between industry, academia, patients and clinicians for the singular purpose of sparking life-changing digital health solutions. From new ways to improve healthcare analytics, to clinical workflows, to doctor-patient communication, some of the nation’s best engineers, clinicians, designers, developers and business partners will pioneer solutions to the VHA’s toughest healthcare challenges.

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Samsung is proud to partner MIT and VHA on this critical exploration into how technology can accelerate and expand access, improve quality of care, reduce costs and enhance the user experience for patients and clinicians. These organizations understand the tremendous potential of value-based services such as telehealth, virtual care and remote patient monitoring, and we are excited to see what unique solutions the participating teams will develop in these areas using the Galaxy Note9 and Knox, Samsung’s defense-grade mobile security solution. In addition to a keynote on assistive technologies from Samsung Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Rhew to kick off the event, Samsung developers will be on site to mentor the teams and lead a workshop on the Knox software development kit (SDK).

A History of Healthcare Modernization

The MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack builds on Samsung’s deep history in healthcare, tracing back to the early 1990s with the opening of the Samsung Medical Center in South Korea and culminating in the robust ecosystem of mobile healthcare solutions deployed across the U.S. today. In honor of this heritage, Samsung will present the Samsung Breakthroughs That Matter award to the team in each of three Samsung-sponsored tracks that creates the most effective, transformative digital health solution with the potential to improve access to, and quality of, care for veterans. The three focus tracks for the teams will be cancer, mental health, and assistive tech and rehab.

Watch Samsung Insights to follow the event and learn more about the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack winning innovators and innovations poised to transform nearly every aspect of the VA’s healthcare delivery system.

Explore Samsung’s government technology solutions that are helping agencies continue to innovate, and download your free guide to modernizing clinical communications with smartphones.

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Chris Balcik

Chris Balcik currently serves as Vice President and Head of Mobile B2B at Samsung Electronics America. With over 26 years experience, including management consulting with the Department of Defense and other Federal clients, Chris has deep expertise in organizational transformation and the role of technology. Prior to his current role, he led Federal government sales for Samsung’s Mobile B2B division. Prior to that, he assisted public and private sector clients including the FAA, DNI and DoD on complex, large-scale systems engineering and technology transformations, concept of operations design, program management, business case analysis, and business process optimization. Prior to entering the civilian workforce, Chris was an Officer in the United States Air Force leading Command and Control support to military operations.

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