Doctors, developers hacking their way to better healthcare

Software developers often use “hackathons” to brainstorm ideas with colleagues, especially to design games and create new social media tools. But a new grassroots organization is putting doctors and developers together to hack their way to solutions to health-care inefficiencies.

On a recent Wednesday evening in Toronto, a few dozen developers converged on Toronto General Hospital to discuss Hacking Health’s three-day hackathon in October.

Rather than develop the next “Angry Birds” or “Words With Friends,” and pocket heaps of cash for their troubles, these developers want to create tools that make doctors’ work easier and patients’ lives better.

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