Dutch project aims to increase safety of gall bladder surgery

Predictive models and medical image analysis have the potential to transform health care delivery today. To accelerate the innovative approaches, teams around the world are converging in a global hackathon as organized by SAS to advance the field of health analytics. AI and Machine Learning are already used today in healthcare to detect diseases at an early stage. But there is much more you can do, according to analytics company SAS. This is one of the reasons why they annually arrange a global hackathon event together with actors from the business community, the public sector and the research world.

Bringing practical innovation to the marketplace
The global hackathon invites those with a curious mind to join forces to tackle important questions in the field of health and life sciences. SAS, along with Intel, Microsoft and Core Compete, provide a cloud infrastructure to facilitate the analysis and visualization of big data. Teams bring their data and their challenges, then compete to have their ideas recognized and potentially commercialized for public use.

The projects are assessed on their commercial potential, the degree of innovation and their technical and analytical level. The hackathon jury, built from top experts in their field, will select the winners in April. The best ideas will be presented at one of the World's largest AI conferences hosted by SAS - SAS Global Forum 2021.

SAS Hackathon is open to participants from all industries. This year, the majority of the teams are focused on solving problems in the field of health and medical care. Almost a third of the hundred hacks belong to this category Just to summarize a few examples, which are further explained in the online Hackers’s Hub Health Track:

  • Predicting adverse events after vaccinations
  • Optimizing workflow of medical imaging
  • Preventing sepsis and other hospital acquired infections
  • Incorporating biometrics such as gait into patient evaluations

Dutch project to increase safety of gall bladder surgery
ITsAmsterdam, one of the Dutch hackathon teams in the health care track, is focused on ensuring patient safety during gall bladder removal surgery. Gall bladder removal is a surgical procedure done frequently by surgeons all over the world. During the procedure the surgeons need to gain a clear view of different anatomical structures involved in safely removing a gall bladder. The goal of the ITsAmsterdam hackathon team is to develop a computer vision model to automatically assess the safety of removing the gall bladder.

The collaboration between Amsterdam UMC, Gelre Hospitals, Amsterdam Skills Center, FormsVision, SQA Amsterdam and ITsPeople in this hackathon made it possible to have 600 videos reviewed by more than 30 surgeons. The large amount of data generated from all these videos were used to train the algorithm.

ITsAmsterdam and other health track projects of the global hackathon prove one major hypothesis: analytics can contribute a lot to modern health care! These innovations will substantially change the way we experience health care, improving both patient outcomes and clinician experience.

ITsAmsterdam at SAS D[N]A Café
The ITsAmsterdam team has been invited for the upcoming SAS D[N]A Café taking place on April 22, live broadcasted from the Amsterdam Skills Center. Sign up for SAS D[N]A Café to hear first-hand experiences from the ITsAmsterdam hackathon team and discover more about this project.


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Arthur de Crook

Leading the incubation and acceleration programme of SAS Benelux, called SAS D[N]A Lab, Arthur de Crook is eager to position SAS as innovation partner and ecosystem driver in the space of data and analytics. With his enthusiasm and drive to foster innovation, and his experience as one of the founders of RoboValley in growing flourishing innovation ecosystems, he is set to empower the growth of meaningful and impactful innovation initiatives with the robust analytics foundation offered by SAS.

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