To help better coordinate health care for veterans of the U.S. military, MetLife brought together more than 75 technologists for a 32-hour “TechJam,” a contest to create an open source electronic health record solution. Inspiration for the event came from MetLife Wall, a MongoDB-based application that brings together customer data from more than 70 systems.

“The ideas and technologies that emerged out of the TechJam are a tremendous advancement into our ongoing efforts to improve veteran data management,” said Joe Paiva, chief technology strategist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Veterans need a system that can help them be informed, active participants in their medical care. In order to achieve this, veterans need a system that helps break down the silos that can hinder them from receiving the most comprehensive and coordinated care possible.

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