In support of its new 10-year public health and illness prevention plan announced Thursday, HHS is calling on tech developers to create data-rich applications designed to promote community health.
The myHealthyPeople Application Developer challenge seeks "engaging and empowering" applications that pertain to the topics and objectives detailed in Healthy People 2020, the department's fourth 10-year health agenda. Submitted applications should target the professionals, advocates, funders and decisionmakers "who will be using Healthy People to improve the health of the nation," according to the Challenge.gov website.
Applications can feature tools to, for example, help users access and integrate community, county and/or state public-health data; information about evidence-based illness-prevention interventions; and news and analyses from outside health resources, according to the site.
A team of six judges from HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Permanente will judge the apps. The winning app's developers will receive $2,500, according to Challenge.gov. The second-place team will receive $1,000, and the third-place team will receive $500. All three of the top apps will be showcased at healthypeople.gov.
Applications will be accepted through March 7, 2011. Winners are expected to be announced March 21.