Imagine a mobile application that could calculate a patient's risk for having a heart attack based on his or her blood-pressure and cholesterol levels and then develop a personalized heart-health plan.
Those who can imagine such an app and bring it to life could win $100,000.
Dr. Farzad Mostashari, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, announced a new contest, the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge, to develop it. There will be five winners; first prize is $100,000.
The good news for developers is the component technologies for the app already exist and are being made available to developers through application programming interfaces, or APIs, Mostashari said in a post about the contest on the ONC's Health IT Buzz blog.