Self-proclaimed computer ‘geeks’ will come to St George’s, University of London, next month to discuss and explore ways the NHS should use new technology.

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The ‘NHS Hack Day London 2014’ weekend of events have proved popular in the past and are very well attended by healthcare professionals, patients and developers who get together to make use of technology to try to improve the health service.

The event, which is free to attend, brings together doctors, nurses, developers, designers, and other "geeks who love the NHS" to examine the issues around using technology in the NHS.

The events enjoy the support of prominent international health care and technology leaders.

This year the event will be held at St George's Students' Union on May 24 and 25.

Jon Hilton, St George’s medical student and the organiser of the event, said: “Technology is changing our world and our expectations, and the NHS cannot afford to lag behind.

“Openness in healthcare technology would support the openness already found in medical and scientific communities through peer-review.

“On the Saturday morning, when we've all woken up, anyone with an idea for a project pitches it to the other attendees then we split off into groups to get to work.

“You may choose to join a particular group because you were inspired by the pitch, or because you have skills you think might be useful, or for any reason at all.

“Sometimes groups end up merging depending on how the hacking goes.

“On the Sunday afternoon, each group gives a short presentation about what they have achieved, and we invite a panel of judges to watch these and decide how to award various prizes.

“In the past we have offered cash, tablets, textbooks and many other things to winners as prizes, including highly sought-after NHS Hack Day t-shirts. It's not really about "products" or "winning", but offering prizes is our way of encouraging innovation, and perhaps gives you a little something in return for your time.

“Having credible external judges helps everyone feel like they're part of something real, and it's always interesting to hear feedback on our ideas from practising clinicians, working developers, real patients, people involved in policy or whoever we are fortunate enough to have on the judging panel.”

Open Health Care UK which runs the NHS Hack Days relies on sponsorship from outside organisations to support the events.
For further details visit www.nhshackday.com and follow #nhshd on Twitter

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