ONC Launches Investing in Innovation Health IT Challenge

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is partnering with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to launch the Investing in Innovation Challenge in support of the Healthy People 2020 initiative, which establishes benchmarks for healthy living and provides 10-year goals for improving people’s health.

The apps may focus on one or a variety of audiences and purposes. Examples include:

  • Helping a social worker meet the prevention needs of her clients by connecting clients with nearby resources and tracking their progress from arranging visits to completing assessments.
  • Creating a simple and effective way for a primary care physician to employ a population health approach to her work, grouping patients according to risk factors, and providing them with relevant evidence-based interventions. This could then integrate with the practice’s electronic health records.
  • Partnering with a university or faculty member to deliver an interactive academic curriculum to students, leveraging multimedia case studies to educate about the leading health indicators and their impact on community health.
  • Helping an exercise therapist work with professional workplaces to integrate physical activity guidelines into her office.

Multiple prizes will be awarded for submissions up to $10,000 and the opportunity to demo at the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit. Submissions are due March 9. Complete details here.

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