NYU Wagner students win Healthcare Makerthon, advance to prototyping competition

HealthHuddle team
HealthHuddle team (from left): ​Kerim Davis (Langone), Andrew Dempsey (Tandon), Danny Silk (Wagner), Sushant Thomas (Stern), and Sabina Braverman (Wagner).

NYU Wagner Health Policy and Management students Danny Silk and Sabina Braverman (MPA Candidates 2018), and their cross-disciplinary NYU team, were selected on December 7 as the overall winners of the Phase III of the NYU Healthcare Makerthon. Their proposed startup, HealthHuddle, receives an automatic place in the upcoming InnoVention competition in early 2018.

Four teams addressing some of the most pressing challenges in healthcare received a grant of $2,500 at the third annual NYU Healthcare Makerthon startup competition in October, setting each of them up to do an extended pitch to a team of judges for Phase III earlier this month.

Silk and Braverman’s team members—including individuals from Stern, Langone, and Tandon—appreciated the chance to develop a product that has the possibility of making a real impact. HealthHuddle aims to revolutionize patient safety by intelligently integrating and displaying patient data with evidence-based best practices for clinicians directly at the point of care.

“What’s been great about this opportunity is that we are not just talking about theoretical ideas. The idea that we can actually design, build, and launch a product has been very empowering,” said Silk.

The Makerthon is a collaborative effort between the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and NYU Langone Health, bringing together clinicians along with engineering, design, policy, and business students over a 48-hour period to develop innovative solutions to challenges.

“My team and I worked extremely hard to understand the pain points of key players within the healthcare setting, so it was definitely rewarding to see all of our hard work come to fruition,” said Braverman. “I'm also excited to continue using the lessons I have been learning at Wagner to inform my work on this team, and to ultimately help providers improve care delivery with our solution."

Congratulations and we wish them good luck!

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