7 health innovation projects to share $2.2 million prize

Seven projects will split $2.2 million from the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation--which supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism and advance media innovation--as winners of the Knight News Challenge: Health, the foundation announced Tuesday. The objective shared by each of the projects will be to "harness the power of data and information to improve health of communities," according to the announcement. 

"By addressing the vital area of health each winner highlights the transformative impact that data, when used correctly, can have on communities," Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president of journalism and media innovation, said. "In this way, the projects tackle real-world problems while opening up opportunities for people to explore new ways to apply data--within the health sphere and beyond."

Winning projects included the Camden Health Explorer from Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers--which involves the creation of an interactive dashboard with real-time health care enrollment, cost and outcomes metrics to make the local healthcare system more efficient--and the Open Humans Network from PersonalGenomes.org--which involves development an online portal to connect people who are willing to share their personal health information with researchers to advance medical breakthroughs. Announcement

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