A new competition to spur innovation in the healthcare industry is happening soon in Kentucky. The Bluegrass Code-a-thon offers a $10,000 prize to the person who comes up with the best healthcare innovation in a single day. Organizers say the innovation can be anything, like a new way to share patient information or a unique smart phone application.
“One of the reason we wanted to bring these two communities together, and that’s the healthcare leaders and the people who have coding and application development experience, is we wanted to see what new things could be created," says Ben Keeton, the publisher of Medical News, a sponsor of the event.
Organizers hope the event will be the start of a continuing partnership between the healthcare industry and local tech entrepreneurs. The event will take place on July 7.