NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has shelled out $85,000 in awards to software development teams that spent the March 15-16 weekend coming up with new ideas for the hospital’s patient portal.

The hospital held a “Hackathon” this past weekend and Helen Kotchoubey, director of IT for patient engagement, recently talked to Health Data Management about its idea to explain to developers some general areas of improvement that were desired, but let the developers come up with solutions. Seventeen teams showed up and three won.

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