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Miami Healthcare Hackathon

Hacking the Social Determinants of Health

Dec. 1 & 2 Miami Healthcare Hackathon


Improving Miami Health Outcomes

Do you have ideas that could improve health in Miami and South Florida?

A person’s health is determined by more than medical treatment or clinical visits. To truly be healthy, people need a safe place to live, quality food options, a way to make a living, and many other social factors that affect well being.

Join us and others in the South Florida region to talk about these social determinants of health and the impact they have in our local community.

The Miami Healthcare Hackathon is a forum for healthcare professionals and community members to exchange ideas and to create solutions that can improve our community’s health outcomes.

If you are a clinician, payor, developer, entrepreneur, researcher, journalist, student, activist, social services provider, community organizer, or interested community member — we want YOU at the Miami Healthcare Hackathon. Register here. 

Weekend Line Up

Saturday, December 1 (8:30am – 5:30pm)

8:30: Registration
9:00: Program Kickoff
9:10: Keynote by Dr. Luther Brewster (pictured), Chief of the Division of Policy, Research & Community Development, FIU College of Medicine

Dr. Luther Brewster, FIU College of Medicine

9:30: Problem identification
10:00: Formation of teams to work on problems identified
10:30: Hacking Begins!
12:00: Lunch
1:00: Afternoon Session
5:00: Social hour

Mentoring throughout the day (mentors help overcome roadblocks, vet ideas, and prepare pitches)

Sunday, December 2 (8:30am – 4:30pm)

8:30: Breakfast
9:00: Teams finalize solutions and create finalize presentations
10:30: Pitch practice
12:00: Lunch
1:30: Final Presentations to the panel of distinguished judges
3:30: PRIZES Awarded to winning teams


First place: $1,000 plus free mentoring from Startupbootcamp

Second place: $500

Third place: $250

Read our blog post to learn more about the weekend’s programming.

Hackathon Themes

Some of the key challenges we’ll be tackling  at the Miami Healthcare Hackathon are:

High No-Show Rate

The total cost of missed healthcare appointments in the United States every year is an astronomical $150 billion. Common social factors related to patient no-shows are costs of healthcare, access to reliable transportation, and a long length of time between scheduling and appointment.

Patients who frequently no-show for appointments are less likely to be adequately screened for cancers, have worse control of chronic illness, and have increased rates of emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

Medical Homelessness

The cost of caring for homeless patients is 77 times more than the average patient. Further complicating their care is the inability to discharge homeless patients from hospitalizations, translating to non-reimbursable costs in excess of $500,000 for their hospital stays.

Inappropriate Emergency Department Use

Barriers such as poor access to primary care, socioeconomic status, and lack of knowledge of other health services available are social factors influencing inappropriate usage of the emergency department (ED).

Nationally, 56 percent, or roughly 67 million ED visits, are potentially avoidable. The ED serves as a safety-net for the medically underserved due to its accessibility — it is open every day 24 hours a day and, for federally-funded hospitals, is open to the public regardless of a patient’s insurance and/or immigration status.

In 2006, hospital costs for potentially preventable conditions totaled nearly $30.8 billion—one of every 10 dollars of total hospital expenditures.

Food Insecurity 

Lack of access to nutritious and high-quality food affects overall health and can be a significant factor in the occurrence of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Access to healthy food is a major issue among members of underserved communities and economically vulnerable populations. Even when places exist that provide nutritious meals for people who come there, transportation to those places remains a barrier, as well.

What Are Your Challenges?

What social determinants of health are on your mind? Bring them to the Miami Healthcare Hackathon for a community-driven approach to solving the problems.

Our Panel of Judges

Gyasi Chisley

Senior Vice President & Head of Strategy

Roderick King, MD/MPH

University of Miami
Assistant Dean of Public Health Education, Medical School
Director, MD/MPH Program

Florida Institute for Health Innovation


Additional judges may be added. 

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1 December, 2018 8:30 am - 2 December, 2018 4:30 pm


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