The first Hacking 4 Health event, also referred to as a Hackathon, will take place September 11 in Palo Alto, California to promote innovation for new apps and tools with government-shared health data.

The blog and mHealth (mobile health) hub Health Tap is hosting the Hackathon challenge for developers, coders and architects with the goal of creating an iTunes-like store just for open-source medical and health apps.

Ideas are already flowing for how to "mash-up the health data" and create apps that help users find health food in their area, track hospital mortality rates, heart disease and links to environment. To view the complete list and submit your own ideas, go to:

Additional ideas for the "Future of Health" can be found in UNICEF/PSFK's report of that name: