‘Hackathon’ win­ners cre­ate apps to help pa­tients con­nect

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Joseph Conn

A hospi­tal-spon­sored soft­ware de­vel­op­ment con­test has pro­duced new tech­nol­ogy tools that con­nect pa­tients with each other and im­prove hospi­tal check-in pro­cesses.

A bi­coastal team of pro­gram­mers called the Health War­riors won the $50,000 top prize in the two-day, In­no­vateNYP “hackathon” spon­sored by New York Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal.

The win­ners cre­ated Pres­byHan­gouts, an en­hance­ment to the hospi­tal’s myNYP pa­tient por­tal. The soft­ware en­ables in­pa­tients to con­nect with other pa­tients with com­mon in­ter­ests, al­low­ing them to play games to­gether and com­mu­ni­cate through in­stant mes­sag­ing and video chat.

Two Long Is­land res­i­dents took sec­ond place and a $25,000 prize with their ap­pli­ca­tion In­termed, which al­lows pa­tients to use the pa­tient por­tal to con­nect with each other. The third-place, $10,000 prize went to two broth­ers from Queens who de­vel­oped Pres­by­te­rian Plus, a plat­form to im­prove check-in.

Seven­teen teams par­tic­i­pated in the March 15-16 event at the New York hospi­tal.

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