New Jersey Innovation Institute and Cooper University Health Care Introduce Health Hackathon 

The NJ Social Determinants of Health Hackathon Will Showcase Innovations to Help At-Risk Populations  

Newark, NJ (October 25, 2023) – New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), a New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) subsidiary, is partnering with Cooper University Health Care to sponsor the first New Jersey Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Hackathon in 2023. The collaboration aims to explore innovative ways to leverage health information technology to better engage at-risk populations and improve access and health outcomes at both the local and state level. This event brings together stakeholders from across New Jersey to look at ways in which health IT and new technologies can improve the lives of underserved communities. 

This initiative will not only bring together IT and healthcare professionals, but also benefit from contributions from the fields of social work, education, housing, nutrition, workforce development, law, and business among others. This is an opportunity for inventors, investors, and entrepreneurs to help bridge the social divide using health IT and innovation.  

“After learning about Cooper’s mission for this event, I knew this would be a great opportunity to support on behalf of NJII while leveraging our student and faculty resources at NJIT. The goal of NJII as the state designated entity to manage the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN) is to advance healthcare interoperability throughout the state and provide services that allow us to assist in such initiatives working to improve the wellbeing of the patients while providing access to providers,” said Jennifer D’Angelo, NJII Healthcare Division’s Senior Vice President & General Manager. “This is an exciting partnership, and I am eager to work alongside Cooper University Health as well as entrepreneurs and innovators that support this objective.”  

Cooper, supported by a range of local, regional, and national community, government, and business partners is seeking teams for this Hackathon. Participants from diverse perspectives including healthcare, education, non-profit, or corporate sectors are welcomed and encouraged to participate. 

Registration for the Hackathon opened September 15, 2023, and will conclude with a competition on November 10, 2023, at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.  

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About New Jersey Innovation Institute  

The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), a corporation of NJIT, helps turn ideas into workable solutions across four divisions: healthcare, strategic partnerships and entrepreneurship, defense and homeland security, and professional and corporate education. NJII combines the vast resources of NJIT, strong and far-reaching industry and government relationships and proven methods for building industry centric ecosystems that drive innovation and deliver solutions that make a direct impact on the economy and the health and welfare of its participants.