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Register Today for “NurseHack4Health: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon”

Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, SONSIEL and dev up are hosting a free virtual hackathon, “NurseHack4Health: COVID-19” on May 15-17 to help solve COVID-19 patient care challenges by leveraging technological solutions. Learn more and register at

Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Leaders (SONSIEL) and dev up are hosting a free virtual hackathon, “NurseHack4Health: COVID-19,” on May 15-17 to help solve COVID-19 patient care challenges by leveraging technological solutions. Nurses, other healthcare professionals, tech enthusiasts, engineers and anyone else interested in applying technology to create solutions for COVID-19 in real-time can learn more and register at

“For more than 120 years, Johnson & Johnson has been advocating for and supporting nurses on the frontlines,” said Lynda Benton, Senior Director of Corporate Equity & Partnerships at Johnson & Johnson. “Along with the other organizers of the NurseHack4Health virtual hackathon, we are looking forward to powering-up and spotlighting the unique perspectives of nurses, paired with other health workers and members of the tech and engineering worlds, to innovate solutions in real-time for this unprecedented health crisis.”

Embracing diversity of thought and professional experiences, NurseHack4Health is encouraging nurses, nursing students, retired nurses, healthcare professionals, engineers, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and anyone else passionate about improving healthcare to participate.

There are five focus areas for the hackathon that participants can join and ideate against:

· Technology/Patient Remote Monitoring Acute Care
· Technology/Patient Remote Monitoring Home Setting
· Patient Transfer, Hand off and Huddle
· Data and Reporting
· Resiliency and Self-Care

Participants do not need to come with pre-formed ideas – but simply be ready to join with their assigned teams to dive in, consider the problem and ideate on a solution. The goal is that by the end of the hackathon, teams will have minimally viable products (MVPS) that can be fast-tracked to further development and trial in a healthcare setting.

“COVID-19 has raised new healthcare challenges, and nurses are rapidly innovating to meet the demands of patient care during this unprecedented time,” said Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL, President of SONSIEL. “Through NuseHack4Health, nurses are presented with the opportunity to leverage their resourcefulness and innovative thinking to define new ways to improve our response to this disease and, ultimately, save lives.”

This landmark event will be one of many firsts. It is the first-ever Virtual Nurse Hackathon for Johnson & Johnson; the first time Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, SONSIEL and dev up are partnering together; and most significantly, it is occurring during one of the few times in recent history where nurses are being called on to shape the critical solutions needed to provide patient care during a pandemic.

Given nurses’ proximity to patients, their vantage point has proven time and again to be one of the greatest sources of clinical innovation—and the global nurse response to the far-reaching novel coronavirus has been no exception. Media coverage and first-person accounts of nurse-led innovation during the pandemic have surfaced:

Met with the threat of personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, a team of nurses was inspired to move IV pumps and ventilator control panels outside of patient rooms so that medical staff could still manage intravenous fluids and monitor breathing without entering the room to reduce the times they needed to don new PPE.[1]

Faced with the threat of mask shortages, a nurse created N-95 masks using AC filter material. When the masks were tested by a local research institute, it was found that the homemade masks had an approximately 3% increase in efficiency when compared to the filtration of manufactured N-95 masks.[2]

To lessen risk of exposure while still providing quality care, nurses have found a way to use in-room patient conferencing to monitor patients using a two-way screen in their room. This not only reduces the number of times a nurse enters a room, but also safeguards facilities with low quantities of PPE.[3]

Throughout history, we have seen that the best solutions often arise from a distinct need, and the collective efforts of many, rather than the work of just a few. NurseHack4Health intends to bring nurses, other frontline health workers, and critical thinkers alike together virtually in real-time to combine their experience and expertise to find solutions for the clinical challenges posed by COVID-19 in health systems, ambulatory centers and homes in communities across the world.

Space is limited! To join us for the inaugural virtual hackathon, complete the registration form via, download Microsoft Teams, and log-on on Friday, May 15th at 7:00pm ET for an inspiring and productive weekend.

We hope to see you there!

[1] The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. (2020, April 1). UTSW nurses improvise, innovate to cope with coronavirus. Retrieved from
[2] Digon, S. (2020, April 20). Texas Nurse Creates Face Masks With Better Filtration Than An N95. Retrieved from
[3] The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. (2020, April 1). UTSW nurses improvise, innovate to cope with coronavirus. Retrieved from

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