COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than one million Coloradans and more than 71 million individuals nationwide are enrolled in Medicaid, which is the primary health insurance program for those with low incomes.
Community Health Partnership (CHP), which operates Community Care of Central Colorado, a Regional Care Collaborative Organization (RCCO) for Medicaid members, is leading an effort to bring innovation and transformation to Medicaid delivery through the nation's first Hacking Medicaid Event.
The hackathon meeting format is high-energy and solution-driven. It came from the technology industry and has been adapted for health care by the team at MIT, which has led more than three dozen events worldwide. The medical hackathon takes participants through a brainstorming process and facilitates the formation of small teams. The teams work together during the event to innovate solutions to health care's toughest challenges. At the end of the event, teams will present their solutions to participants and a panel of judges and will compete for prize money plus potential opportunities to pilot their concepts.
The Hacking Medicaid Event, which is open to the public, will bring together some of the brightest minds in medicine along with business people, entrepreneurs, engineers, social workers, patients, students, techies and innovators from around Colorado and across the county. Tickets will be available on July 10 on the event website at www.HackingMedicaid.org
The Hacking Medicaid Event is modeled after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Hacking Medicine Program and a team from MIT will help facilitate the event. MIT's Hacking Medicine program is a student-led organization that is developing solutions to some of medicine's toughest problems. The Colorado Springs event is the first of its kind focusing on Medicaid and will be held on October 23-24, 2015 at the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, CO.
About Community Health Partnership
CHP is a member-based community coalition whose enduring purpose is to improve the health of the community through collaboration. CHP members know each other well, are open to new ways of working together and are not afraid to take chances. The coalition is built on a foundation of trust and respect aligned with mutual values and goals.
About Community Care of Central Colorado
Community Care of Central Colorado, a program of CHP, is the Regional Care Collaborative Organization (RCCO) for Medicaid members of all ages in El Paso, Elbert, Park and Teller Counties. Community Care works with regional health care providers to provide patient-centered medical homes and care coordination for members, keeping costs down in ways that make sense for both members and medical providers.
Information about MIT's Hacking Medicine program is available at HackingMedicine.mit.edu
For more information about CHP and the Hacking Medicaid Event, contact Terri R.R. Reishus at 719-632-5094.
SOURCE Community Health Partnership