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Hacker's Haven

by Caroline Smart, CloudView Editor

The More Disruption Please network of entrepreneurs, tech and healthcare professionals, and industry disruptors did it again this month, convening for the 7th annual More Disruption Please Hackathon.

Close to one hundred hackers from all skill levels, backgrounds, and geographies joined us at athenahealth’s Watertown headquarters for a weekend fueled by pizza, beer, and the desire to unbreak healthcare.  With access to the athena developer portal and expert mentors to guide them along the way, teams developed new cloud-based applications for athenahealth’s health data. 

Deductr won top marks for its innovative application of an athenahealth API: a billing system which helps patients track and manage out-of-pocket medical expenditure.  Self-pay costs constitute approximately 13% of total health care spend.  Deductr helps patients track their medical bills and their progress towards meeting their insurance deductible. Check out a demo video here

Runner-up Slick, MD created a simple interface to help emergency medicine physicians recapture time lost while switching between EHRs and revenue forfeited from missing documentation.  Slick, MD cuts down the time it takes an ER doctor to document a procedure from 20 minutes to 2, streamlining 4 different workflows, 40 steps, and multiple systems. 


The event culminated with a presentation to a panel of judges and a shot at the grand prize: a $3,000 check for the winning team to carry their innovation to the next stage of development.  Ultimately, the jury heard more innovative and disruptive ideas than they could bankroll.

After an impressive demo, the grand prize was awarded to Patients Like This, an incredible solution that helps physicians generate practice-based clinical guidance at the point of care.  Patients Like This uses a machine learning algorithm typically used by advertisers to cluster patients based on analyses of their disease, choice of treatment, demographic factors, and outcomes.  By leveraging insight into large populations, Patients Like This helps physicians tailor their treatment plans for patients.

Congratulations to all the participants who flexed their clinical, technical, and business skills fit to unbreak healthcare!

Caroline Smart is a Senior PR Associate and CloudView Editor.

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