San Francisco Code-A-Thon Winners Combine 3 APIs to Build for Health

Two weekends ago, Health 2.0 held our annual pre-conference code-a-thon at MedHelp International in San Francisco. Our code-a-thons are the place for developers, entrepreneurs and health professionals to come together to ideate and innovate health care. This year, the Health 2.0 SF Code-A-Thon was one of our biggest yet, having 5 sponsors, 3 API tracks and over 100 participants!

The theme of this year’s code-a-thon centered on helping patients make better decisions about health care purchases and helping providers better manage their practices and deliver care to those patients. Participants were allowed to enter into any API track from challenge sponsors Allscripts, BetterDoctor & PokitDok.

The Allscripts team came out in full force to assist developers with the API and flesh out their ideas. Allscripts is a leader in innovation and strives to work with developers in the space and commercialize technology that can improve health care delivery. Many of the participants were able to use the API to build submissions geared towards saving time for clinical staff, improving patient engagement or supporting device connectivity.We saw a lot of creative uses for the Allscripts API, but the one that stood above the rest was QueueDr/Dragon Touch. Dragon Touch is a tool that practice administration can use to fill cancelled appointments, which in turn prevents a large loss of revenue. If a patient cancels their appointment, the program uses an algorithm to send texts to patients in the system who are likely to make that appointment. The first patient to reply gets the appointment! QueueDr demoed their tool live at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference.

Based in San Francisco themselves, BetterDoctor made quite a splash by launching their API to the public for the first time at our Code-A-Thon. With the BetterDoctor API, developers can enhance or build apps and enrich data with a comprehensive doctor search functionality with information on over 1 million doctors and dentists. The API provides rich profiles of doctors that include ratings, insurance details, referral data and common procedures performed by the doctor. The winner of this track was Team Yuzu, who made particularly good use of the API to allow users to learn about doctors who are doing clinical studies and determine their eligibility to participate. Team Yuzu has made improving the patient-centered research process their missions and their IMPACT tool helps patients to understand and engage in accelerating research, ease enrollment into clinical studies and accelerate research for better treatment. Check out some of the other teams that competed in the BetterDoctor track here.

Hailing from both Silicon Valley and Silicon Harbor, PokitDok showed up in style, sporting overalls and trucker hats, and with infectious team spirit. Known as a market place for consumers to shop for health services, their API empowered developers to build applications that help the consumer to make more informed decisions when shopping for health care. GroupHub.io, the winner of the PokitDok track, incorporated the PokitDok API into a group benefits management system to automate the enrollment process and simplify enrollment into a single form for all providers. This makes the enrollment process simple for employees, brokers and human resources.

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In addition to the challenge tracks, participants were invited to use the Validic API and MedHelp’s hAPI to enhance their submissions. For example, Edge Interns, a previous Code-A-Thon winner, used the Validic API to detect depressive symptoms and activity for their diabetes & behavioral health management game, earning them a prize bundle from iHealth Labs.

We’re always proud to see the quality and innovation of submissions at our code-a-thons. This year’s event was characterized by the spirit of collaboration and a unified mission to apply technology to improve health care. Stay tuned for more Health 2.0 Code-A-Thons in a city near you.

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