Become A Change Agent

Innovative Thinkers Coming Together to Solve the
Most Challenging Problems in Healthcare

November 8th-10th, 2019

UTRGV Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC)
307 E Railroad St, Weslaco, TX 78596

Join this unique opportunity and learn about Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)

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What is a “Healthcare Hackathon?”

Healthcare is a rapidly changing, technology driven industry that requires innovation and collaboration to drive change. A Healthcare Hackathon is an interdisciplinary multi-day event where participants come together to innovate and create new ideas and products to address problems in the healthcare sector.

At RGVHIE, We Believe That Education Sparks Innovation

The Hackathon will challenge participants to use RGV HIEs FHIR enabled platform to develop mobile healthcare applications, patient engagement solutions, care coordination systems and population health analytics. Potential solutions include an application allowing Health Care Providers to pull patient records onto their own devices, to direct the transfer of their records to an application used by other providers, to send their data into a health or wellness application that will use the clinical data to enhance their service, and more.

Benefits to Participants

There are many reasons why innovators choose to participate in our healthcare hackathon.

Real World Experience

Our healthcare hackathon gives innovators the opportunity to solve real healthcare problems using the latest technology. The exciting, fast-paced environment is very similar to what you would experience at a startup company.

Rewarding Results Plus Up To $1000 Prize!

Creating something from nothing is hard, which is why participating in the hackathon challenge gives you the opportunity to compete for a cash price! There is no greater feeling of accomplishment than working hard with your team to see a solution come to life in a matter of hours, but be the team that takes first place, and earn the bragging rights plus up to $1000!

Build Relationships

At a healthcare hackathon, you will meet hundreds of like-minded individuals who are excited about solving problems in the healthcare industry. Innovators can meet other participants from around the world and make friendships that last beyond the weekend.

Career Preparation

By participating in a healthcare hackathon, innovators will learn important skills that are currently in demand. There will be opportunities to gain experience with the latest technologies as you work to find solutions to the most challenging problems in the healthcare industry.

Who Should Attend

Anyone can participate in hackathons. Coders, Designers, software developers, marketing, and students are welcome. Non-programmers and Subject matter experts are needed because many times these projects are “multidisciplinary” and require a diversity of experiences in order to have a more well-rounded result.

Why a Healthcare Hackathon

Creative thinking that leads to healthcare innovation.

  • Gain real world experience in a fun environment.
  • Use your ideas and creativity for good.
  • Collaborate with people from around the world.
  • Find solutions that lead to action.
  • Learn new skills that are valuable on the job market.


Healthcare professionals outline urgent needs in the healthcare industry.


Innovators quickly create real solutions that others can use.


Development teams have access to support from investors and customers.


Creative energy is channeled towards improving healthcare.


Friday November 8th, 2019
Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center
6:00 – 9:00

  • Kickoff Event at Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center (Drinks and Appetizers)
  • Introductions/Explain Hackathon concept/Introduce Tracks that will be presented: EMS/Disaster Planning, Public Health, Population Health, Medication Adherence, Patient Access/Engagement.

Saturday November 9th, 2019
UTRGV Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC)

  • 7:30 to 8:00 Arrival/Breakfast
  • 8:00 to 8:20 Intro to Software Development Cycle
  • 8:30 to 9:30 Track Discussion: EMS, Medication Adherence, Population Health Management & Patient Access/Engagement

  • 10:00 – 11:15 Intro to FHIR – Health Samurai Introduction to FHIR-first application development, explain its benefits and differences.
  • 11:15 – 12:15  Overview of the SMART-on-FHIR specification – Overview of the SMART-on-FHIR specification for creating apps that integrate with electronic health record systems, describe how these apps can be used to meet different workflow needs and provide clinical decision support

  • 12:15 – 1:30 Lunch and Speaker: How it all works at RGVHIE
  • 1:30 – 4:00 Team Work Session (organize teams and start on problem)
  • 4:00 to 5:00 Idea Presentation – quick presentation by each team on problem and possible solution
  • 5:00 to 8:00 Q&A with Track Subject Matter experts. Work as a team on project. Dinner and Q&A on FHIR, data, or anything else.
  • 8:00 pm to 8:00 am Work on your projects!

Sunday November 10th
UTRGV Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC)

  • 8:00 am – 11:00 am Continue Team Work, Breakfast
  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Presentations, Awards, Lunch

Hackathon Location

UTRGV Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC)
307 E Railroad St, Weslaco, TX 78596

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