We recently had the opportunity to participate in a one day hacking4health developer challenge held at the HealthTap offices in Palo Alto, CA. HealthTap partnered with Health 2.0 and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to hold the event.
The challenge was to take recently released health data by the US government and other sources to create useful applications with health impact. A wide variety of data sets were made available ranging from county health rankings, to food environment indicators, to hospital outcome of care measures, just to name a few.
"More than 200 developers, designers, physicians and architects (some of whom were more than one of the above) participated in the event in HealthTap’s offices in Palo Alto. Over 35 teams were formed to create apps based on the newly released data, and 18 of them continued to code and submitted proposals for final judging at the end of the day."
These fieldnotes describe a doctor’s method for providing physician referral names and directions to his patient after completing a final checkup, and his staff’s procedures for providing more information about the referrals. This study occurred in the Winter of 2005. It was the last of three visits for the patient. The doctor is a fertility specialist in Central Texas, and the patient’s name is Tanya (my wife). I accompanied her to all three visits and used it as an opportunity to observe and document a referral process.