Published in Crain's Health Pulse:
New York-Presbyterian is opening up its wallet in an effort to find new tech ideas that will improve the experience of pediatric patients and their parents. The health system started a 10-week competition last weekend with a 30-hour hackathon. By the end, 17 teams presented prototypes meant to address such issues as helping patients find their way around the hospital, keep track of their care team and complete the discharge process. NYP has expressed a broad interest in bringing more technology into the hospital and now employs about 30 people dedicated to Web and application development. It also works with external developers and startups to build on ideas generated by its clinicians. "We're trying to make it easy for these startups to be able to come and work with us," said Dr. Peter Fleischut, NYP's chief innovation officer. The winning app, called PIP, took home $5,000. Designed to inform parents about what to expect while a child is hospitalized for pediatric surgery, the app converted NYP's 40-page patient guide into a digital format. Parents can more easily find answers to such questions as what a child can eat post-surgery and where parents can sleep if they're staying at the hospital. The app also lets parents pull up information from their child's medical record. The hackathon was part of NYP's larger 10-week, $40,000 competition for a pediatric care app. It runs through May 20.