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Veterans Health - MIT Hacking Medicine 2024

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Hosted by Tampa VA Medical Center

May 17 - 19, 2024, at USF Morsani College of Medicine | Tampa, FL

The application period for 2024 is now closed.

Tampa VA, along with VHA Innovation Ecosystem, Microsoft, and MIT are launching the first-of-its-kind Veterans Health Hackathon to design solutions to the top challenges facing Veteran health care. 

Creating Solutions to Veterans' Health Challenges

Calling all innovators, makers, design-obsessives, scientists, nurses, doctors, entrepreneurs, programmers, engineers, researchers, artists, UX and CX designers, health care futurists and more. Join us in making a difference for Veterans. This event brings top minds together from VA, academia, and public and private sectors to reimagine Veteran health care. Experienced mentors join subject matter experts to guide “hackers” through this opportunity to revolutionize the care we provide for Veterans.

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Interested Participants

Up to 300 participants, drawn primarily from Florida's VA Health Systems (VISN08), their academic affiliates, and the Tampa Bay community will work directly on solutions. Additional hackers will be selected through a nationally competitive process to ensure a diversity of backgrounds and expertise.

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Innovate for Impact:

Veterans Health - MIT Hacking Medicine

The Hackathon is a three-day event where participants are teamed up with diverse peers and expert mentors. Equipped with generative AI tools provided by Microsoft and de-identified data from the VA, teams will co-create solutions that address critical challenges set forth in VA’s Priorities to Action (P2A).

Join Us May 17, 2024 to May 19, 2024

University of South Florida
Morsani College of Medicine | Tampa, FL

What to Expect

Track Selection

Hackers will be assigned tracks based on their application. Each hacker will have the opportunity to express interest in their preferred tracks in the application.

Open Invitation

The Hackathon is open to the public and VA employees, allowing participation outside of regular VA duties.

Teammate Selection

Upon arrival, teams will self-form through problem pitches and will stay together throughout the event.

Application Process

Applications are continuously reviewed and accepted until the end of the application cycle.

Inclusive Participation

Anyone ready to positively impact Veteran health care including Veterans, Clinicians, Scientists, Designers, Entrepreneurs, Administrators, Business Professionals, Engineers, Programmers, Researchers, and Artists.

Strategic Focus:

Hackathon Targets Priorities for Veteran Health

Veterans Health – MIT Hacking Medicine 2024 focuses on VHA priorities that include connecting Veterans to the soonest and best care using generative AI. 

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Track Challenges

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Connect Veterans to the soonest and best care

Address scheduling delays through solutions to enhance telehealth, improve accessibility, match clinical expertise to Veteran needs, align resources for quality care, standardize processes, and optimize care coordination to ensure timely access to the best possible care for Veterans.

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Prevent Veteran Suicide (Mental Health)

Focus on aspects like modernizing the technology behind virtual care, new care models and modalities, employee training, implementing diverse and inclusive care practices, and advancing research and specialized care for various Veteran populations.

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Hire faster and more competitively

Improve VA's hiring process by introducing solutions to expedite recruitment, enhance the onboarding experience, reduce operational inefficiencies, and develop advanced hiring technologies, aiming to make VA a leader in 21st-century healthcare employment.

Veterans Health - MIT Hacking Medicine 2024 Collaborators

Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem logo Veterans Health Administration National Centers for Innovation to Impact
Microsoft logo MIT Hacking Medicine logo VA Center for Development & Civic Engagement logo
Veterans Affairs Sunshine Healthcare Network logo Office of Information and Technology logo Veterans Affairs MidSouth Healthcare Network logo U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs logo


Northwestern Kellogg School of Management logo EY Building a better working world logo University of South Florida logo Accenture Federal Services logo Huron Logo
Tampa VA logo Celestar Accessibility Services logo

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