TechTown hosts Hacking Health hackathon May 5-7

Contact:  Paul Riser
Date: April 24, 2017
Phone: (313) 399-7565

TechTown hosts Hacking Health hackathon May 5-7
Third annual cross-border event to develop mobile apps and IT solutions for health care

TechTown Detroit will host the third annual Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit health care hackathon May 5-7 at TechTown, 440 Burroughs, Detroit. Hacking Health invites professionals from the health care and IT industries to converge over the course of a weekend and form teams that conceptualize, design and build mobile apps and IT solutions for the health care sector. The best ideas are eligible for over $20,000 in prizes.

Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit aims to provide the platform for sustainable solutions and start-ups that target the health care industry, with a focus on the Detroit-Windsor region. The event is open to a range of professions and sectors, including doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and CEOs, computer programmers, graphic designers, technology companies, students and investors.

“The ultimate goal of Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit is improving patient-centric health care while building cross-sector and cross-border collaboration,” says Paul Riser, director of technology-based entrepreneurship at TechTown. “We’ve seen some great innovations come out of the first two hackathons, and we expect to see many promising new innovations by the end of this year’s event.”

Companies and innovations developed at the past two Hacking Health events include:

CarePRN: An app that matches caregivers with qualified respite care providers. CarePRN founder Jason Wolfe-Greer, RN, built his team and his concept at Hacking Health 2015. He went on to participate in TechTown’s DTX Launch Detroit and currently is being assisted via direct incubation services.

My Baby And Me: An app for pregnant women in vulnerable situations that helps increase the delivery rate of healthy full term babies. A clinical study demonstrated an actual decrease in deliveries with complications among the population utilizing the MyBabyAndMe App.

IamSick: A digital health platform that is transforming how patients navigate and access healthcare in Canada. Through the website and free smartphone apps, patients can easily find nearby healthcare options, book appointments online, see wait-times for same-day visits and enter virtual waiting rooms instead of physical waiting rooms.

“Every year, Hacking Health brings creative minds together from health, business and tech for a weekend of innovation and fun,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance.  “There is no other cross-border event like this.”

Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit is organized by TechTown in Detroit and WEtech Alliance in Windsor. Partners include Wayne State University, New Economy Initiative, Henry Ford Health System, InForum of Michigan, Beaumont Health, Windsor Regional Hospital, Oakland University Incubator, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), University of Michigan Fast Forward Medical Innovations, Ann Arbor SPARK, Next Healthcare and others.

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