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5 Hot Healthcare Ideas from SXSW

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, March 11, 2014

2. Developers and providers need to resolve who owns apps and tools that result from joint hackathons.

This year, for the first time, the team from MIT's H@cking Medicine brought a mini version of its popular weekend-long healthcare hackathon to SXSW Interactive. I will have more to say about this in a future column, but suffice it to say that organizations such as MIT have already worked with major healthcare institutions on these hackathons and understand that providers have a stake in the game.

The brainstorming phases of these events are when pain points are identified. Participating teams, including startups and established health IT companies, try to match up their own proprietary solutions with the particular workflow needs of healthcare providers.

The hackathon format is conducive to rapid prototyping, and over the course of a weekend, different teams can join forces to rapidly create more comprehensive solutions to a problem. It was exciting to see this at work at SXSW, where collaborating and give-and-take are as natural as using social media.

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