Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
205-715-5196/Kate.Darden@bhsala.com

Julie B. Wall, Markstein
205-824-7634/Julie@markstein.co

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – March 25, 2015 - In a recent study released by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Alabama was ranked near the bottom for health outcomes nationally, including 45th for the overall well-being of its citizens. Despite these poor health outcomes, Alabama has leading physicians and state-of-the-art health care resources available to its communities. To better understand and address these issues, Baptist Health System and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration, are joining on April 10 – 11 to host Alabama’s first healthcare hackathon to solve complex health care problems through intensive collaboration.

Beginning Friday, April 10, and ending April 11, teams of participants from various backgrounds and experiences will meet at Innovation Depot for a collaborative session of ideation. Teams will receive feedback from a panel of experts from the health care, business, public health and software development industries.

“The goal of InnoHack2015 is to bring together our communities’ brightest minds who are dedicated to improving healthcare by solving challenging issues through innovative ideas and collaboration,” said Teresa Shufflebarger, vice president of strategic planning and business development at Baptist Health System. “Our participants will include students, patients, healthcare professionals, scientists and business executives who will help us lead the charge in forward-thinking innovation.”

Participants of InnoHack2015 will discuss the following three questions: How can we engage Alabamians to take better care of their health; what barriers exist that keep Alabamians from receiving recommended care and how can we overcome those barriers; and how would you design healthcare to address the specific health issues in Alabama? Teams will receive prizes for the most promising ideas.

The event will feature an executive roundtable beginning at 12:15 p.m. on April 10, where key leaders from organizations in the Birmingham area will share their insights about how their companies use innovation and design thinking to bring creative solutions to their industries.

InnoHack2015 will kick off on Friday, April 10, with FoodTruckFriday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Innovation Depot, presented by ThinkData Solutions. The public is invited to this event, which will bring together some of Birmingham’s best food trucks and provide networking opportunities.

To register an InnoHack2015 team or to purchase tickets, available to students for $25 and $50 for all other attendees, please visit Innohack2015.eventbrite.com. A participation fee of $50 is required and space is limited to the first 100 applicants.

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit BaptistHealthAlabama.org.

About UAB School of Health Professions

The UAB School of Health Professions, one of the largest health professions schools in the nation with more than 25 innovative programs, shapes the future of healthcare through teaching, research and translation of discoveries into practice. To improve the quality of health around the world we listen to needs and identify real-world problems; focus our resources and expertise to address the problems; tailor innovative teaching and research to solve the problems; and partner with strategic community, business and global leaders to expand the impact of our efforts. The UAB School of Health Professions’ strategy uniquely positions us to lead efforts to inspire quality health and living of individuals, communities and the world www.uab.edu/shp.

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