Here’s what happened this weekend @ NurseHack4Health

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This weekend we had people from all over the world join for a Virtual Hackathon ! (Nurse Hack 4 Health virtual hackathon is hosted twice a year. So, if you missed this one, make sure to join the next one! :))


This time around we focused on battling the decline of front-line workers. The nursing profession is at a critical inflection point. Nursing turnover is reaching 20% per year, leading to decreased stability and quality in patient care, worsening nursing shortages, and increasing health system costs.


With this in mind, we must reimagine how to prepare and deploy new models to attract and keep our nursing workforce.

We were joined by over 700 registrants (80% of them being their first hackathon experience) from 38 states and 48 different countries to generate plethora of ideas to empower our precious nurses! 
Over the course of one weekend, the participants:

  • Were joined by industry leaders for seminars and mentoring
  • Learnt how to pitch using Design Thinking concepts
  • Created MVPs (Minimum Viable Product) for their proposed solutions 

Participants came up with innovative solutions to address following focus areas:


Track 1: Diversity in Practice and Care

Attracting & fostering a diverse, empowered workforce that serves the needs of an evolving patient population




Track 2: Education, Upskilling, Professional Development

Addressing needs to improve competence and confidence in practice



Stellar ReEntry Nurse

Track 3: Driving Administrative Efficiency in Nurse-led Care Delivery

Streamline and optimize non-clinical tasks that allow nurses the opportunity for top of license practice


Bedside Nurse Assignment Allocation

Care Centric Scheduling Calculator


Track 4: Open Track



Transit Care Nurse

Price Is Right


You can check out our YouTube channel and see all ideas: NurseHack4Health - YouTube

One of the quotes from our first-time hackers: 
"Microsoft’s partnership in this event and their incredible volunteers were foundational to catalyzing the internalization and execution of this for me all weekend. MS Office 365 Enterprise is what we use in most health systems so nurses in leadership and at the bedside across the care continuum are intimately familiar with this in our workflow. Defining and tackling problems with the Microsoft team is therefore a MUST for us to transform healthcare with fully integrated solutions that truly help patients and keep healthcare workers in the field… I am so excited to see what amazing innovations and fruitful businesses emerge from this Microsoft-Nurse Hackathon partnership, now and in the future!!"


While the innovators were not together physically, NurseHack4Health showed that when nurses and tech enthusiasts combine forces, innovation truly has no limits. We were honored to be a part of NurseHack4Health and look forward to supporting more events in the future.

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