A slew of interesting factors are converging together in healthcare that are putting the patient firmly in the center of the care continuum. This is a big change for provider organizations used to being in that center.
Here at AustinHealthTech, however, we are excited by the dawning of the patient-centered era and nowhere was that more evident than last month during athenahealth’s inaugural Austin More Disruption Please (MDP) hackathon, supported by our local group AustinHealthTech, along with Seton Healthcare and SXSW. The hackathon featured more than 120 hackers from all backgrounds – some traveled from as far as California and Maine to participate in the multi-day event. The goal: change the status quo in health care.
At the Austin MDP hackathon changing the status quo meant placing a strong focus on patient-centered health IT solutions – you see a handful here and there at hackathons but the focus was more evident and targeted at this event. Although Austin has been a traditionally B-2-B startup scene, the vast majority of the ideas surfaced during the hack were patient-centric. Of the 21 teams, 16 placed the patient as either the primary user or direct beneficiary of the solution, and more specifically, providing better communication, access and transparency to patients.
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