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Can they hack it? Yes they can

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4437 (Published 09 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4437
  1. David Payne, editor, bmj.com
  1. dpayne{at}bmj.com

A smartphone app for patients to collect and compute home blood pressure readings clinched first prize at the inaugural BMJ hack day last weekend

Can a group of talented young web developers with no connection to the BMJ group or its many products help us create better doctors and deliver a “zero harm NHS” in just 30 sleep deprived hours on the hottest weekend of the year?

How about revolutionising scholarly publishing and ensuring that content commissioned in London is relevant to doctors in developing countries around the world?

Were our “hack teams” warned they would miss not one but two Wimbledon finals? And that as they presented their projects to a team of judges and fellow hackers Andy Murray would be the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title in 77 years?

These were just a few of the many challenges facing the 13 teams that took part in BMJ’s inaugural hack day at the weekend. Indeed, as Murray clinched the top title, the winning team was in the process of unveiling its innovation: a smartphone app for patients to collect and compute home blood pressure readings that follow National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance.

NICE recommends ambulatory or home …

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