The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seeks new mobile applications that will help individuals put personal health data in a public health context. The app contest, which aims to identify apps that will produce better healthcare, better personal health and lower costs, offers $75,000 to the top three entrants.
Set up through the ONC's Consumer eHealth Program, the Investing in Innovation challenge seeks an app that will use both the Veterans Affairs Department's Blue Button tool—which allows seniors, veterans and other service members and their families to download personal medical records—and publicly available data to allow the patients to better understand what their own data means.
"Giving patients information about the healthcare they receive is valuable in itself, but it is also important so patients can use that information to make informed decisions about their care," ONC special assistant for consumer e-health Damon Davis said in an ONC blog post. "One way to do so is by helping people contextualize their data to take action—and that's what this i2 challenge is about."