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Friday, May 2, 2014

Calling All Hackers and Doctors: Code-A-Thon to Offer Solutions for Depression, Anxiety

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

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It's rare that you'll find doctors and hackers in the same room, let alone putting their brains together to offer solutions to common health problems.

But on May 10 and 11, the two sides be teaming up at the McLaren Conference Center at University of San Francisco to develop innovative technology that addresses depression, PTSD and anxiety. The second annual code-a-thon hosted by The Health Technology Forum (HTF) is out to find solutions to disorders by prototyping new applications.

The multi-skilled teams will merge their knowledge of code and behavioral health disorders to brainstorm innovations that will then be unveiled on May 11. Teams who win the code-a-thon will have the opportunity to join a mentorship program hosted by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and HTF to actually get their ideas off the ground.

Barbara Garcia, director of San Francisco Department of Public Health, says that the winners will have the rare opportunity of interacting with clinical staff, "so that the proposed solutions may have a greater chance of successfully helping patients and the healthcare community." They also have the chance to win lofty cash prizes and to present their ideas to HTF's Innovation Conference Pathways to Sustainable Health on May 20 at Expo Hall in San Francisco.

Pronoy Saha, the founder of HTF, says that the code-a-thon offers health professionals and programmers a fresh look on the health care industry. Through their varied skill-sets, the coders and health professionals are able to pull together their resources and to think outside of the box. "Intensive sessions like these can foster some very creative concepts," says Saha.

Good luck!

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