Health 2.0 Boston Code-A-Thon

Submission Deadline

March 29, 2015


March 28 - March 29, 2015


Jennifer David


  • First Place $2000
  • Second Place $1000

Winners are eligible to receive cash prizes, tickets to HxRefactored, workshop credit for General Assembly, a design consultation from Mad*Pow, $10,000 Validic API Credits, an opportunity to pitch Validic's Executive team and more!

First Place


Team Members

Dave Vockell
Second Place

The CareSyncers

Team Members

Amy Gleason, Phil LoVerde, Michael Pose, David Pindrys, Bernhard Suhm


HxRefactored is focused on improving health experiences through technology and design. This year in Boston, Health 2.0 is hosting a pre-conference Code-A-Thon to encourage the development of new technology tools to improve the healthcare space and lower health care costs.

Developers, designers, health care professionals, biz dev and entrepreneurs will join forces for 2 days of rapid prototyping and creative health-hacking. Participants come for data, direction, diverse collaborators, delicious food, and prizes, and potentially, the beginning of a product or even their next big venture.

Don’t miss out on this great way to meet other innovators and hone your skills for a chance to win cash prizes. Winners from previous Health 2.0 Code-A-Thons have gone on to raise funding, start businesses, receive grants, pilot their technologies and even acquire customers.


Technology is advancing health care every day and now you can be a part of the movement. For this year’s Health 2.0 Boston Code-A-Thon, we have three exciting API tracks that you can participate in. Solutions must use at least one of the following API's to be considered for a prize.

Allscripts Track
Over the past decade, U.S. Healthcare expenditures have grown to become approximately 17% of GDP. One of the most efficient ways to attack this growing problem is through the use of innovative Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Allscripts, an EHR leader, has 1 out of every 3 physicians in the U.S. using their software every day for clinical and administrative functions.

This track invites you to make a real difference in healthcare by developing new applications to extend and enhance Allscripts EHRs. Possible submission examples include applications that save clinical staff's time, focus on practice specialty, meet Meaningful Use requirements, support new device or technology connectivity to the EHR and/or improve patient engagement and education.

All Code-A-Thon participants can explore a possible partnership with Allscripts leading to a revenue-generating business. Allscripts is doing this today with more than 100 developers, and together they're providing innovative tools for their clients that are creating real outcomes for their patients and their business. Learn more and start building your integration today at

Validic Track
Chronic conditions contribute 86% of the cost of healthcare in the US (CDC); and represent 60% of all deaths worldwide (WHO). Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and COPD — are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. We challenge you to build a solution that can help address any of these health problems.

We are here to help! Validic APIs provide convenient and easy access to data from medical devices, wearables and health apps relevant to these conditions. This will enable you to quickly integrate patient monitoring data into your solution and greatly accelerate the development. Acceptable submissions include but not limited to: doctor - patient monitoring dashboards, interactive actionable guides, health analysis tools, condition specific solutions and much more. In addition to the overall prize,

Validic will provide an additional $10,000 of API credits to the team for the best use of Validic API. After the event, once ready, the team will also have a chance to pitch Validic Executive Team to win further support. Check out developer challenge support page here: Challenge Support To get started now and to gain valuable Validic API please fill out this form: Validic Codeathon API Access.

PokitDok Track
Optimizing the Business of Health is no small undertaking. PokitDok has created The Business of Health Platform to optimize the entire processing chain from price comparison and locations research, through quote request, appointment scheduling and purchase completion all in a HIPAA compliant platform. Our platform currently supports access to 4.1M providers, over 200 payers and thousands of price points. The PokitDok APIs allow you to perform claims and benefits transactions, find healthcare providers, schedule appointments across multiple EMRs, and get information on healthcare procedure pricing for both out of pocket and cash prices down to the CPT code. The API uses JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) for requests and responses and also allows batch processing of ASC X12 5010 compatible EDI files. All API traffic is encrypted over HTTPS and authentication is handled with OAuth2.

PokitDok's enterprise solutions include e-commerce for healthcare which enables shop, book, and pay for healthcare services; scheduling interoperability across the top 5 EMRs; seamless insurance carrier connectivity; and custom branded healthcare services marketplaces. PokitDok looks forward to adding you to our growing list of companies that are self serving their business models and creating applications on our Platform. To access the PokitDok API, click here.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • 9:30 – Doors Open/Registration/Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Welcome & Overview of the Day
  • 10:10 – Remarks from Sponsors & API Introductions
  • 10:40 – Coder Introductions and team formation
  • 11:00 - Coding Begins!
  • 12:30 - Lunch!
  • 4:00 – Idea check-in-- bounce your ideas off an expert
  • 6:30 – Dinner is served!
  • 7:30 - Coding Continues
  • 10:00 pm – End of first day

Sunday, March 29, 2015

  • 9:00 – Doors Open / Breakfast
  • 9:30 – Continue coding...
  • 12:30 – Lunch!
  • 1:00 - Last chance to submit your project!
  • 1:30 - Presentations begin! (3-min presentations and judging)
  • 3:30 - Judge Deliberation
  • 3:45 - Winners Announced/ Closing Remarks from sponsors

Review Panel

    • Stanley Crane
    • Chief Innovation Officer - Allscripts
    • John Riney
    • Technical Evangelist - PokitDok
    • Akhsar Kharebov
    • Chief Evangelist - Validic
    • Mike Finneran
    • Co-Founder - Kindrdfood



Mad*Pow is an experience design agency that creates intuitive websites, applications, internal systems, and interactive media for industry leaders. Our talented team delivers fresh insights into the human needs of our client’s customers by leveraging the disciplines of human factors and interaction design. Based on this understanding of how people interact with technology, we build experiences that maximize customer acquisition, increase retention, and reduce costs.


Allscripts is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Their innovative solutions connect people, places and data across and empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. Allscripts Open architecture connects both clinical and financial data across every setting: from the provider to the hospital to post-acute settings and even the patient's home. Our Open platform enables innovation and collaboration with other vendors, partners and our clients to improve care delivery, further engage patients and lower costs.


Validic is the healthcare industry's leading technology platform for convenient, easy data access to a world of mobile and in-home health devices, wearables and applications. By connecting its growing base of customers - including providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, wellness companies and health IT vendors - to the continuously expanding list of digital health technologies, Validic enables healthcare companies to better coordinate care across their communities, improve their patient engagement strategies, enhance their remote patient monitoring capabilities, and more efficiently manage their patient populations. Validic's scalable, reliable and FDA Class I MDDS technology delivers actionable, standardized, HIPAA-compliant consumer health data from best in-class health devices and applications. Validic's leading global digital health ecosystem reaches over 100 million lives and continues to grow daily. To learn more about Validic, please follow us on Twitter at @validic or visit


PokitDok is a HIPAA-compliant cloud-based platform for one-click healthcare transactions, connecting consumers directly with practitioners in a transparent, e-commerce experience. PokitDok provides Enterprise access to market-driven provider, treatment, pricing and scheduling information through Application Programming Interfaces (API), plus X12 claims, authorization, eligibility and referrals solutions. Health systems, technology providers and start-ups seeking to reduce expenses and streamline health-related business processes can sign up at to request an API key. PokitDok is based in San Mateo, CA and Charleston, SC and is backed by New Atlantic Ventures, Rogers Venture Partners, and Subtraction Capital.

General Assembly

At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.

Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at fourteen campuses across four continents.

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Terms & Conditions


By entering Health 2.0 Boston Code-A-Thon, you agree that your participation will be governed by, and you shall abide by, all of the following terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) outlined herein below:

1. Mission:
The goal of the Competition is to challenge emerging and experienced developers/ designers/entrepreneurs/ physicians/ clinicians and students, among others to design healthcare related technology solutions. Competition entrants are invited to submit an idea and a prototype of an operable application that would improve/ benefit healthcare services in the US.

2. Eligibility:
The Competition is open only to individuals who are 13 years of age or older as of the date of entry and who are legal residents of one of the fifty (50) states of the United States or the District of Columbia or the U.S. Territories. Any entrant from the age of 13-18 must get parental consent to enter the Competition. The following are not eligible to enter or win the Competition: Employees, officers, directors and contractors of the Sponsors and/or any member of the immediate family (i.e. a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild of the entrant) or household of any of the foregoing individuals.

3. Entries by Teams:
Entries may be submitted either by individuals or by groups of individuals (each a “Team”). If an entry will be submitted by a Team, each member of the Team must satisfy the eligibility requirements set forth in Paragraph 2 above. Each Team must designate a single member of the Team who will serve as the Team’s sole representative for communications and all other purposes in connection with the Competition (the “Team Leader”). All agreements, consents, representations and warranties made or given by a Team Leader herein or otherwise in connection with the Competition will be binding upon all members of the pertinent Team as if made by each such member.

4. Entry Period:
The entry period for the Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Saturday, March 28, 2015 and ends at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 29, 2015 (the “Entry Period”).

5. How to Enter:
Registration and Participation is FREE. Register Here

6. Competition Guidelines:
At the competition, each individual or Team that submits a Submission (each an “Applicant”) must retain a copy of the Submission. Sponsors are not responsible for, and each Applicant specifically releases Sponsors from any claims or liability relating to, any loss or damage to the Applicant’s Submission.

All Submissions must comply with the following Content Restrictions:
The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property- or property- related rights; The Submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by entrant; The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.

By entering, each Applicant represents and warrants that (a) the Applicant’s Submission and all components thereof, including all ideas, creative elements and any other materials and information contained in the Submission are wholly original with the Applicant, (b) no person or entity has collaborated with Applicant in creating the Submission, provided any material or information for inclusion in the Submission, or has any ownership rights in and to the Submission or any component thereof (note: an Applicant that is a Team warrants and represents that no person who is not a Team member collaborated with the Applicant, provided any material or information, or has any ownership rights in and to the Submission), (c) Applicant has the exclusive, unconditional right and authority to submit the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein, and (d) the Applicant’s Submission complies with these Official Rules in full. Submissions must not contain any material that Sponsors, in their sole discretion, deem inappropriate for public viewing and/or determine is contrary to its mission or reputation. Sponsors reserve the right in their individual discretion to disqualify and/or not accept any Submission that Sponsors determine does not or is likely not to comply with these guidelines, to make such changes to any Submission as are necessary to make it compliant, or to require the Applicant to do so.

7. Judging:
The judging of the Competition will proceed as follows:
A panel of judges comprised of Sponsor’s and industry leaders and consultants will review all Submissions to identify those that are complete and otherwise appear preliminarily to satisfy the entry requirements set forth herein. Submissions that appear preliminarily to be complete and to satisfy the entry requirements will be judged based on the Judging Criteria outlined day-of. These entrants will be called qualified (“Qualified Entrant”). A jury of judges comprised both of Sponsors’ designees and industry leaders selected by Sponsors will score all submissions that qualified based on the Judging Criteria.

8. Winner Notification and Verification for the Competition:
Sponsors will notify the potential Winners on the day of the competition. In order to qualify as a Winner, each Applicant must be available in attendance at the competition and present to the Panelists at the competition (and in the event of a Team, at least one member of the Team must be so available).

9. Prizes:
(a) General Terms and Conditions: All income taxes and any other applicable taxes on each prize are the sole responsibility of the recipient. An IRS form 1099 will be issued, if required by law. Prizes consist only of items expressly specified herein. Any costs or expenses associated with the acceptance or use of any prize (including, without limitation, additional transportation, meals, gratuities and incidentals) are the responsibility of the recipient. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of right to receive any prize will be allowed, except at sole discretion of Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute an alternate prize.
(b) The winning projects will be rewarded and prizes are to be determined.
(c) Prize Distribution: The total monetary prize amount is to be determined, awarded in the form of checks or another payment method selected by Sponsors, to be used towards further development by the winner of the winning Submission. In the event that the Prize Winner is a Team, the Team Leader shall receive and be solely responsible for the Prize on behalf of the Team unless all members of the participating team agree to distribution of funds to each individual member separately. Sponsors will have no responsibility for allocation of funds received as part of the Prize among Team members.

10. Grant of Rights:
By entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsors and their designees the irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, disseminate and use the Applicant’s name, likeness and biographical information (and in the event of a Team, the name, likeness and biographical information each member of said Team) without further notice or consideration, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, in connection with the execution and promotion of the Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and its activities.

In addition, by entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsors and their designees a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, exploit, adapt, use and display worldwide, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, information about the Submission and the Project and all non-proprietary components thereof, including without limitation posting information about the Submission and/or the Project on the Site (or such other Sponsor designated on-line environment), in connection with the execution and promotion of the Competition and the promotion of Sponsors and their activities, without further notice or compensation.

Each team is responsible for determining the disposition of any intellectual property developed during the course of the Code-A-Thon. Neither Health 2.0 nor the Code-A-Thon Sponsor shall be responsible for mediating disputes that arise relating to intellectual property ownership.

11. Disputes:
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of CA without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. Applicant hereby agrees that any and all disputes claims, causes of action or controversies arising out of or in connection with the Competition or these Terms and Conditions shall be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in Sacramento, California. By entering, each Applicant irrevocably waives any right to seek and/or obtain rescission and/or equitable and/or injunctive relief.

12. Representations & Warranties:
Applicant represents and warrants that he/she: (a) has the right to make a Submission as contemplated hereunder without the need of any consent of any third party; (b) Will abide by these Terms and Conditions and all applicable laws and regulations; (c) If Applicant is a Team Leader, that Applicant has the full right and authority to make the Submission and to agree to accept and abide by these Terms and Conditions on behalf of the Team, and that each Team member will abide by these Terms and Conditions; and (d) Applicant is under no obligation or disability, created by law or otherwise, which would in any manner or to any extent prevent or restrict making a Submission or becoming a Winner.

13. Indemnity:
By submitting an entry, each Applicant (including each Team member, with respect to Applicants who are Teams) agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend sponsors, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, and each of their trustees, officers, employees and agents (all of the foregoing, the “Sponsor Parties”), from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation, any use by Sponsors Parties of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsor of any rights granted to it herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event of any claim by a third party affecting or relating to the Submission, Sponsors shall have, in addition to any other rights available to it, at law or in equity, the right to immediately revoke any prize. Sponsor Parties include Office of the National Coordinator, Optum, and Validic.


15. Release of Claims:
By submitting an entry, each Applicant (including each Team member, with respect to Applicants who are Teams) releases each of the Sponsor Parties from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation in this competition, any use by Sponsors of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsors of any rights granted to it herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission and claims for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from the Applicant’s participation in this competition or acceptance or use of any prize.

16. Limitation on Exploitation of Materials:
Each Applicant acknowledges that each of the Sponsor Parties may have engaged and continue to engage in the development, production, acquisition and dissemination of materials that may be similar or identical to the Applicant’s Project or Submission. The Sponsor Parties may use information about the Applicant’s Project or Submission in whole or in part, without any payment or other obligation whatsoever to the Applicant, if the Applicant’s Project or Submission (a) is not unique, novel, original, and concrete so as to be entitled to protection under applicable laws, (b) has been made public by anyone at the time of its submission to Sponsors or otherwise is in the public domain, (c) would be freely usable by a third person if it had not been accepted as a Submission, or (d) is similar or identical to, or contains significant elements encompassed in, an idea, concept or material that has been independently created by either Sponsor or any third party. Acceptance by Sponsors of a Submission is not an admission by Sponsors of the novelty or originality of the Submission.

17. General Terms:
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who violates these Terms and Conditions, tampers with the entry process and/or acts in any way that would, in any way, discredit or harm the reputation of Sponsors, and/or to cancel, modify or suspend this competition should entrant fraud or misconduct or other causes beyond the control of Sponsors corrupt the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the competition. Without limitation of the foregoing, Sponsors reserve the right to terminate, modify or suspend this competition due to any of the following reasons: act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike, lockout or other labor dispute; inclement weather; failure of technical facilities; failure of essential production, or technical personnel to appear or be available; or other cause beyond its control. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, mutilated, misdirected, mis-delivered, or delayed entries, or for technical or human errors or failures of any kind in connection with the submission, transmission, processing or judging of entries, including without limitation any malfunctions or failures of computer hardware, computer software, networks or telephone equipment or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. Caution: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the competition, or in the announcement of the prize.

These Terms and Conditions set forth the entire agreement and understanding between Sponsors and Applicant concerning the subject matter hereof and merges and supersedes all prior discussions, agreements and understandings of any kind between them. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, at any future time to terminate, modify or suspend the competition for any reason, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All notices shall be in writing and shall be delivered to Applicant in accordance with instructions contained herein. Applicant shall be deemed an independent contractor and nothing contained herein shall constitute this arrangement to be employment, a joint venture, or a partnership. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any Terms of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of any provision contained herein. The titles of Sections of these Terms and Conditions are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal effect. The word “including” is used in these Terms and Conditions to mean “including but not limited to.”