Health 2.0 Developer Challenge Awards $1 Million for Innovative Health Care Solutions

Press Release | Health 2.0 | May 14, 2012

Health 2.0 announced today that it has awarded more than $1 million to health care innovators through its Developer Challenge series. The challenges, sponsored by both public and private entities such as the Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Novartis, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Walgreens, bring multidisciplinary teams of developers together to address a specific, real-world health care issue.

Challenges run anywhere from one day to a number of months, giving sponsors unprecedented access to hundreds of talented developers focused on producing innovative solutions that can be quickly brought to market. Winning teams are awarded cash prizes up to $100,000 and often reinvest it into innovation, developing additional health solutions.

On May 14, 2012, at the Health 2.0 Spring Fling: Matchpoint Boston Conference, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, joined Health 2.0 to award its millionth dollar for innovation.

"Sponsors always walk away with fresh perspectives, concepts, or working prototypes. It's a proven way to harness the creativity of the developer community and fast track an innovation to improve health care delivery for both physicians and patients," explained Health 2.0 Co-chair and CEO Indu Subaiya.

Since the program launch in 2010, Health 2.0 has completed 40 Developer Challenge events. In 2012, Health 2.0 will conduct more than 30 challenges worldwide, including events in Japan, Sweden and India.

The next Developer Challenge event, Washington DC's HDI Code-a-thon: Preventing Obesity, will be held June 2-3 at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health. The coding competition challenges developers to use big data to build applications preventing obesity and ultimately improving health care.

For more information on the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge or to sponsor a challenge, contact Senior Vice President, Jean-Luc Neptune, at or at (646) 734-2320.

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