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Register Today for “NurseHack4Health: Pandemic Management—Improving Education & Communication”

Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, SONSIEL and dev up have teamed up again to host “NurseHack4Health: Pandemic Management—Improving Education & Communication,” a free virtual hackathon on November 13 to 15 aiming to find tech-based solutions to the most pressing COVID-19 challenges. Register today!

As part of our larger commitment to supporting frontline health workers amid COVID-19, Johnson & Johnson, in partnership with SONSIEL (Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders), Microsoft and dev up, is excited to host a free, virtual hackathon, "NurseHack4Health: Pandemic Management—Improving Education & Communication." Nurses, other healthcare professionals, engineers, IT experts and innovators will come together for this event during the weekend of November 13 to 15. Register here: NurseHack4Health.org

Participants will address a key issue during the pandemic: access to reliable health information. With information about the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changing, many people have turned to social media as their main source of information, highlighting a need for improved communication and trustworthy resources. Hackers will be charged with finding ways to leverage technology to improve access to reliable, trusted education and communication amid a pandemic. Central areas of focus will include ensuring the health and safety of students and teachers in the classroom, relaying to the public the importance of vaccines, breaking down racial disparities and social inequities, sharing best practices across healthcare providers and facilities, and much more.

This 2.5-day event will bring together individuals with a diverse set of ideas and skills to help achieve better health outcomes for all. Participants can enter either individually or as part of a team. Those interested can learn more and register at nursehack4health.org!

“The innovative ideas and impressive solutions that nurses and their team partners were able to prepare in just one weekend at our first NurseHack4Health virtual hackathon earlier this year truly blew me away,” said Lynda Benton, Senior Director of Corporate Equity & Partnerships at Johnson & Johnson. “As the needs and challenges of this health crisis have evolved over the past few months, reliable education and communication has become even more critical to schools, health systems, families, long-term care facilities and our communities. We are proud to continue to support nurse innovators in their mission to help improve the global response to COVID-19 and ultimately save lives around the world by supporting this second NurseHack4Health.”

NurseHack4Health will provide a supportive and inspiring environment in which nurses and all participants are empowered to share their unique skills and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams. No experience is required—just come with ideas and the drive to turn them into reality! By the end of the hackathon, participants will have exercised their health innovation skills and each team will ideally walk away from the event with minimum viable products (MVPs)—working solutions that can be fast-tracked for further development and testing in a healthcare setting to help improve the global response to COVID-19.

“Never has there been such a time where the world has recognized and relied on the critical role nurses play in shaping patient care and innovating potentially life-saving solutions as during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL, President of SONSIEL. “NurseHack4Health allows nurses to step up as innovators, leverage their experience on the frontlines of care and build a community among fellow nurse innovators and industry leaders to solve one of the most pressing healthcare challenges of our time.”

This event is a follow-up to the first-ever NurseHack4Health: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon, presented during this year’s National Nurses Month by Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, SONSIEL and dev up. More than 500 innovators from around the world came together for an inspiring weekend of collaboration and ideation. Together they developed solutions for several critical areas in COVID-19 patient care. The winning solutions from the first NurseHack4Health virtual hackathon included:

· Project Flourish: A digital tool to bring telehealth to people in remote areas without the need for a smartphone;
· WellNurse: A mobile application providing coping strategies by nurses for nurses to address profession-related stress;
· Hear Now: A platform that hosts recorded messages from loved ones, which nurses can play for patients on demand;
· Nurse GPS: A method for tracking necessary medical equipment on hospital floors to improve efficiency of care; and
· Activate School Nurses: A platform that leverages student nurses to help alleviate the often-disproportionate school nurse-to-student ratio.

“Four million-strong in the U.S., nurses are innate innovators, and their proximity to patients offers a unique vantage point to identify the root of many healthcare problems and form solutions,” said Molly McCarthy, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, Chief Nursing Officer at Microsoft. “With nurses’ unique perspective on the frontlines of care, especially during these tumultuous times, it is vital that we unlock this knowledge to better manage the pandemic and improve human health. We are looking forward to once again providing a platform for nurses and other participants to flex their innovation muscles and build a community to help address the current health crisis.”

Space is limited. To join us for the NurseHack4Health: Pandemic Management—Education & Communication virtual hackathon, complete the registration form at nursehack4health.org, download Microsoft Teams and log in on Friday, November 13 at 7:00pm ET for an inspiring and productive weekend.

We hope to see you there!

To learn more about the first NurseHack4Health: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon, which was held this past May, click here.

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