Medication Management Code-a-Thon

October 24 – October 26, 2014

Treehouse Health

Suite 200

1635 Hennepin Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55403

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Treehouse Health are excited to collaborate on the Medication Management Code-a-thon, taking place at Treehouse Health from Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26. This highly interactive event is an opportunity for developers, patients, and providers to work together to generate new ideas and code while learning about initiatives like openFDA and the National Library of Medicine's Pillbox.

Here are a few sample questions/use cases to help get you thinking:

  • An elderly patient is hospitalized and has a bag full of unlabeled, unwrapped tablets and capsules. The information the doctor has is incomplete, whether because the list of medications isn’t current, there’s no information in an EHR or portal, there’s no relative to ask, or the paper record has critical gaps. How do you solve this puzzle?
  • Millions are spent on name brand medications when cheaper generics could do the job – can health IT be used to convince and empower patients to choose or switch to the generic from the name brand that their physicians are prescribing?
  • Can you game-ify medication adherence for patients who aren’t into gaming or social media? What might result in better adherence than another reminder app?
  • How can providers be informed of a patient’s medication adherence without being buried by a deluge of information??
  • Do you have innovative ideas for tackling problems like these? This event is for you!

    On Sunday afternoon, winners will be selected to receive monetary prizes!!


    Friday, October 24

    5:30 pm Dinner - Provided

    6:15 pm Opening Remarks

  • Accurate use of model DPN content (no deviation from the model notice language)
  • JD Blank, Treehouse Health
  • Adam Wong, ONC
  • Peter Hayes, Healthcare.MN
  • David Hale, NLM
  • Rosalie Bright, FDA
  • Drew Schweinfurth, Walgreens
  • Tyler Hayes, Prime
  • Josh Stein, Adhere Tech
  • 7:45 pm Idea Pitch Round 1

    8:30 pm Team Formation

    9:15 pm Idea Pitch Round 2

    10:00 pm Treehouse doors close

    Saturday, October 25

    8:00 am Breakfast - provided

    10:00 am to 12:00 pm Spyder Trap office hours

    10:30 am to 11:30 am RxNorm office hours - Olivier Bodenreider (live feed)

    Lunchtime - on your own

    4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Practice Pitches

    7:00 pm Dinne - providedr

    10:00 pm Treehouse doors close

    Sunday, October 26

    8:00 am Breakfast - provided

    Lunchtime - on your own

    4:00 pm Final Pitches

    6:00 pm Judging

    6:30 pm Winner Announcement

    6:45 pm Dinner, Unwind

    Resources Text

    “Pillbox ( provides images and data for prescription, over-the-counter, homeopathic, and veterinary medications. Each pill has physical characteristics (imprint, color, shape, etc.), drug name/ingredients and dosage, manufacturer, inactive ingredients, and other information relevant for drug identification and reference. The data is available for download and via an API that includes search functionality.”

    To learn more about Pillbox, watch the recording of ONC’s Innovation Engagement Google Hangout from Tuesday, October 7.

    “Developers interested in working with Pillbox's data, images, and API should also look at the RxNorm API ( which includes functions related to drug interactions and brand/generic names.”


    OpenFDA provides open APIs, raw data downloads, documentation and examples, and a developer community for an important collection of FDA public datasets. The goal of the project is to create easy access to public data, to create a new level of openness and accountability, to ensure the privacy and security of public FDA data, and ultimately to educate the public and save lives. The concept was to index high-value public-access data, format and document that data in developer and consumer-friendly standards, and make that data available via a public-access portal that enables developers to quickly and easily use it in applications. It features an open user community for sharing open source code, examples, and ideas. Medical device reports, enforcement reports, and drug adverse event reports are available, and every mention of a drug in those reports is automatically augmented with full data from various drug datasets, including codes and label information.

    The best place to start is on the API basics page. It provides a great introduction to openFDA and how you can begin developing using the platform. OpenFDA is also active on GitHub, Twitter, and StackExchange.


    “The Walgreens Pharmacy Prescription API allows users of third-party mobile & tablet applications to quickly order refills of prescriptions originally filled at one of the 8,000+ Walgreens pharmacies. Mobile & tablet app users can order refills in seconds, as well as select the option to opt-in to receive a text alert when their prescription order is ready for pick up. The health care focused Pharmacy Prescription API is designed to increase prescription compliance and aid in personal health management through automated refill alerts and a streamlining of the refill process. By offering easy prescription refills through this health management API, Walgreens hopes to further increase health care adherence by reaching a wider audience through third party health care apps. Technical information is available at

    The Balance Rewards API enables prequalified partners to connect into Walgreens to share individual member health and wellness information to be eligible to receive Balance Rewards points for healthy activities like walking, running and weight management. The API is designed to enable partners to seamlessly share individual health & lifestyle activity (data sharing) and create or validate user memberships (authentication). Technical information is available at”