HHS launches first consumer health IT video challenge of 2012

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced today a nationwide, open call for entries in the Healthy New Year Video Challenge, highlighting personal stories of patients and families using health technology to improve health.  The video challenge, launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), kicks off the first in a series of consumer video contests in 2012 as a way to engage consumers to integrate technology into their health care.

"In order to empower individuals to be more active partners in their health, they need access to their information and tools they can use," said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., national coordinator for health information technology.  "We are excited to harness the creativity of ordinary Americans to help promote the positive impact of the myriad health information technology tools and services on health and health care."    

Submissions for the Healthy New Year Video Challenge will be accepted through February 16 and can range from creative and innovative ways of e-mailing your doctor, using an online patient-portal to manage your health information, or downloading a mobile application that sends medication reminders.  All videos must meet certain eligibility criteria. 

The winning entries will be determined from public votes and a panel of judges will ultimately select the top winners in each category.  ONC will award winners a portion of $5,000 in prize money and feature the videos on its consumer-facing website, www.HealthIT.gov, as a way to motivate and inspire everyone to use health information technology to be more engaged partners in improving health and health care.  

For more details, including contest rules on the Health New Year Video Challenge, visit http://healthynewyear.challenge.gov

For more information about ONC, visit http://HealthIT.gov.


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