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HHS seeks mobile apps for public health


By Paul Barr
Posted: December 5, 2012 - 3:00 pm ET
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Developers are invited to compete for $50,000 in a mobile app challenge that seeks to encourage use of HHS' healthfinder.gov website. The challenge, slated to be announced on challenge.gov Thursday, will award $50,000 to a single app that provides a customized tool allowing consumers to take advantage of prevention and wellness information featured on healthfinder.gov in making health decisions.

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Applications will be accepted at health2challenge.org. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1; HHS plans tentatively to announce a grand prize winner on March 17. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, one of the challenge’s backers, will promote the app, according to a notice published on the Office of the Federal Register's website. The other backers are HHS' Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.


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