HHS is calling on healthcare and technology experts to design software applications that will address the nation's most pressing health concerns. The challenge is part of the federal government's Healthy People 2020 campaign.
HHS launches health-indicators app challenge
HHS' recently released list of updated leading health indicators, which are used to gauge public health, will serve as the basis for the LHI Apps Challenge, HHS Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said in a blog post about the announcement. Park and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh formally announced the challenge at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. HHS' latest health indicators focus on preventive health, care equity and characteristics such as age and race.
"Some of you may recall that last year at this time, we held a very successful app development challenge focused on the use of the Healthy People 2020 indicators," Park said in the announcement. "Building on that experience, we'd like to see tech and health innovators work together to leverage the leading health indicators to help communities understand and take on the issues of greatest importance to them."
Apps should make the health indicators easy to use for gathering data, HHS said. The deadline for app submissions is March 10, 2012, and the top honoree will receive $10,000, according to the announcement.
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