Second Annual Health Technology Forum Code-a-thon May 10-11 at USF

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“Patient Engagement in Behavioral Health” Focuses on Innovative Solutions for Depression and PTSD

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“The Code-a-thon offers groups of hackers and health professionals an exciting opportunity to design innovative new health applications for unaddressed problems,” says HTF founder Pronoy Saha.

The Health Technology Forum (HTF) will hold its second annual code-a-thon on May 10-11 at the University of San Francisco (USF). This year’s event is a call to develop technologies that improve patient engagement in managing behavioral health disorders. Teams of developers and mental health professionals are competing to find high tech treatment solutions for anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Participating teams will develop prototypes on May 10 and present their solutions to judges and peers on Sunday, May 11. “The Code-a-thon offers groups of hackers and health professionals an exciting opportunity to design innovative new health applications for unaddressed problems,” says HTF founder Pronoy Saha. “In my experience, intensive sessions like these can foster some very creative concepts.”

The winning team has a unique opportunity to participate in an incubation program with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFPDH). Key stakeholders from SFDPH and HTF will coach and mentor the winning team around critical implementation requirements.

“We are excited to be part of the community fostering innovation in behavioral healthcare and look forward to welcoming the winning team to our newly created innovation hub at San Francisco General Hospital,” said Barbara Garcia, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. “The winning team will have the opportunity to work with our clinical staff on early validation of prototype designs so that the proposed solutions may have a greater chance of successfully helping patients and the healthcare community.”

“This is a perfect opportunity for talented developers, students, faculty and innovative health professionals to collaborate for a greater good, and live the core mission of USF,” said Opinder Bawa, CIO and vice-president of technology at USF, and a judge at this year’s HTF code-a-thon. “I’m very pleased USF’s School of Nursing & Health Professions and College of Arts & Sciences are integrally involved in this event. We are honored to sponsor and serve as host—where thought-leadership and idea exchange can lead to new, inventive treatments.”

More than $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners. Winners will also present as a panel at the HTF Innovation Conference Pathways to Sustainable Health and will demo their solutions at the Expo Hall on May 20 in San Francisco.

The May 10 & 11 Code-a-thon takes place in the McLaren Conference Center at University of San Francisco (2130 Fulton Street in San Francisco). More information is available at

About the Health Technology Forum
The Health Technology Forum is dedicated to improving access to affordable health care by promoting the development and adoption of innovative technologies that transform health for the better. Founded in 2010, HTF promotes the intersection of health care and technology by connecting people worldwide who have common interest in making health care better, more accessible and affordable for everyone. There are currently 13 local chapters worldwide across 3 continents.

About the University of San Francisco                                                                                    
The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and stunning cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit

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