NewYork-Presbyterian Announces InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge

The InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge is the first of its kind and will award $50,000 in prizes to winning applications

Feb 8, 2016

New York

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NewYork-Presbyterian Announces InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge

The InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge is the first of its kind and will award $50,000 in prizes to winning applications

NEW YORK (February 8, 2016)— NewYork-Presbyterian is announcing the InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge to develop applications, technologies and processes that will improve the care and experience for pediatric patients and pediatric care providers. Participants will focus on designing applications and/or games that make the pediatric patient experience more personalized and tools that will advance pediatric healthcare.
The 10-week long Challenge will kick off on the weekend of March 12 with the InnovateNYP: Pediatric Appathon. Designers, developers, clinicians and startups will work around the clock to spur new ideas and compete for the next big advancement in the pediatrics health space. Participants are encouraged to compete in the Appathon, the Challenge or both.

“Engaging the tech community represents a tremendous opportunity to develop new solutions in pediatrics,” said Daniel Barchi, chief information officer at NewYork-Presbyterian. “Following the success of our Hackathon and Challenge over the past two years, we felt it was again the right time to tap into innovative talent at the hospital and in the tech community. We look forward to seeing their creative ideas.”

Participants are encouraged to work in teams of up to eight and develop a working prototype of a software application that uses data to advance pediatrics and what the healthcare community can offer younger patients. Each of the applications will use Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) enabled data, which is the newest and easy-to-implement data standard for exchanging electronic health records. FHIR facilitates data sharing between healthcare systems, makes it easy to provide healthcare information to providers and individuals on a wide variety of devices, and easily integrates with existing systems.

“Making life better for our youngest patients is a top priority for NewYork-Presbyterian,” said Dr. Peter Fleischut, chief innovation officer. “We are committed to using innovation as a means to improve the patient experience and quality of care for all of our patients, and that is why we are launching this Challenge.”

Details of the InnovateNYP: Pediatric Appathon:

  • Date and time: March 12-13, 2016; 9 a.m. on Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday
  • Location: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Riverview Terrace
  • Goal: Form teams and develop an idea that uses technology to improve the pediatric healthcare experience over the course of 30 hours
  • Teams can gather critical direct feedback from NewYork-Presbyterian staff and clinicians
  • The judges will award a total of $10,000 in prizes to the top three teams

Details of the Challenge:

  • Launch coincides with the Appathon on March 12
  • Goal: Design and develop a working application that uses technology to improve pediatric healthcare over the course of 10 weeks
  • Submissions are due May 20, 2016 and will be judged on ease of use, design, benefit for users, creativity, innovation and overall quality
  • Finalists for the Challenge will present their ideas at a demonstration day on June 9
  • Three winners will be awarded a total of $40,000 in prizes

NewYork-Presbyterian is excited to welcome this year’s judges:

  • Daniel Barchi, chief information officer at NewYork-Presbyterian;
  • Aneesh Chopra, former White House CTO and president of NavHealth;
  • David Friedman, co-founder of the Farm at Blueprint Health;
  • Rachel Haot, managing director at 1776, a global incubator;
  • Gil Kuperman, director of interoperability informatics at NewYork-Presbyterian;
  • Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare;
  • Minerva Tantoco, chief technology officer, City of New York;
  • Dr. Brad Weinberg, founding partner at Blueprint Health; and
  • Kristy Sundaja, chief of staff at LivePerson

Since launching the first-ever hospital hackathon two years ago, NewYork-Presbyterian has continued to lead the way in mobile technology and digital healthcare solutions. The Hospital has collaborated with the tech community to develop ways to enhance and improve the patient experience, such as its recently released mobile app.
To register or find out more about the InnovateNYP: Pediatric App Challenge, visit

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive healthcare delivery networks, focused on providing innovative and compassionate care to patients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical school partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, ground-breaking research and clinical innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital’s ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell and Columbia.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 29,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care to more than 2 million patients.

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