WATERTOWN, Mass., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record ( EHR), practice management , and care coordination, in partnership with MIT's H@cking Medicine, today announced the winners of its Hack-a-thon, held at athenahealth's headquarters in Watertown, Massachusetts, this past May 4-5.
- 1 st place: Project MIST
- 90 percent of glaucoma patients in clinical studies could not effectively administer eye drops on their own. Project MIST delivers an easy-to-use spray canister that transforms drops into a mist.
- 2 nd place: Hermes
- A voice-powered, query-based EHR data retrieval system that organizes and prioritizes information for on-the-go caregivers.
- 3 rd place: Amplitude
- Enables the easy measurement of patient blood flow and perfusion using an iPhone app and cloud-based video image processing algorithms.
- "Best User Experience": TestLoop
- TestLoop is an automated system designed to deliver lab or test results in a timely, concise manner and confirm receipt by the patient.
- "Best Pivot": Healfair
$7,500 in cash prizes was provided to the winners by Goodwin Proctor and athenahealth's business development program More Disruption Please (MDP) to fund innovation in health IT. Winners also gain potential access to MDP, aimed at launching a massive surge of disruptive innovation in health care for the overall advancement in the way patient care is coordinated, delivered, and reimbursed. Past participants of hack-a-thons have gone on to start successful health care IT companies, including Smart Scheduling, a current MDP partner. Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO, athenahealth, said: "The uphill battle for entrepreneurs in health care is huge; heavy regulation, lack of access to data and caregiver access can prove impossible for startups to overcome. A hack-a-thon is about connecting passionate individuals with great ideas to likeminded experts and mentors across different fields. This process can create an onramp for entrepreneurs to health care. Whether that idea is to bring down costs, improve the patient experience, or strengthen care standards and compliance, these 'hackers,' like athenahealth, are focused on making health care work as it should."
- Healfair brings down the costs of dental care for uninsured patients by creating the ability to 'shop' for local dentists online. The team originally set out to review all medical claims cost data, but pivoted their focus to dental care after assessing potential market competition.