For decades, nurses had traditionally been left out of healthcare hackathons, until in 2016 when the first Nurse Hackathon was held at Northeastern University in Boston, Ma. The event was so successful that it led to a new movement in healthcare referred to as “Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship”. As a result in 2019 SONSIEL, a 501C3 Non-Profit was founded by a leading group of nurses from around the US and abroad, with a vision of world where nurses are significant leaders recognized for transforming healthcare and our society. Their mission is to magnify, network and elevate the expertise of nurse innovators as transformation agents that contribute to the reform of healthcare.
Together with Johnson & Johnson, SONSIEL hosted its first Nurse Hackathon Nov 15th-17th, 2019. Hundreds of nurses from around the US, UK & Canada participated in a weekend that created solutions for 19 challenges that nurses face on the frontlines of healthcare. Topics ranged from: Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy Patients, Errors on Nightshifts, Infection Control, Telehealth for the Chronically Underserved, School Shootings, Care Management in Nursing Homes, Optimizing Care for Patients and beyond, you can see a full list of presentations via Whiteboard drawings, by Rachel Acker here.
If you are inspired to join a NurseHackathon to help transform the future of healthcare for patients, you can find more information about the event at Johnson & Johnson Nursing or Sonsiel.com/hackathon. Also, we’d like to recognize all the employers, such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Johnson & Johnson, OptimizeRX, SE Health Canada, Adventist Health, and many others who supported their employees to participate in such innovation events, that will ultimately lead to new and better solutions in healthcare for all.