The University of Montana will host the nation's first rural medicine hackathon in Missoula in March.

The Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership is collaborating with students at MIT Hacking Medicine to host the event, March 20-22. FMBHP executives say the event will focus on the unique challenges faced by rural and frontier communities.

Over the past three years, MIT Hacking Medicine has held almost two dozen events on four continents, in partnership with Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals and leading healthcare institutions around the world. In many cases, projects emerging from these events have evolved into new venture opportunities for start-up companies.

The Montana event, which organizers say will encompass chronic disease management, telemedicine, population health, electronic medical records, workforce development, quality of care at the end of life, care transitions, and access to care in rural communities, follows their general model. More information is available here.

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