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Code-a-Thon Organizations Hope to Spur Innovation in Healthcare

A new competition to spur innovation in the healthcare industry is happening soon in Kentucky.

The Bluegrass Code-a-thon offers a $10,000 prize to the person who comes up with the best healthcare innovation in a single day. Organizers say the innovation can be anything, like a new way to share patient information or a unique smart phone application.

?One of the reason we wanted to bring these two communities together, and that?s the healthcare leaders and the people who have coding and application development experience, is we wanted to see what new things could be created," says Ben Keeton, the publisher of Medical News, a sponsor of the event.

Organizers hope the event will be the start of a continuing partnership between the healthcare industry and local tech entrepreneurs.

The event will take place on July 7. For more information or to register for the event, go here.

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.