Health Innovation

Portrait of Wil Yu

ONC Launches Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge to Help Reduce Medical Errors

Wil Yu | May 15, 2012

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is proud to launch the Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge, designed to spur development of platform-agnostic health IT tools to facilitate the reporting of medical errors in hospital and outpatient settings. This developer contest is part of ONC’s Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative, which holds competitions to accelerate development and adoption of technology solutions that enhance quality and outcomes.

Read Full Post.
Portrait of Erin Siminerio, M.P.H.

ONC/Million Hearts/American Heart Association Beat Down Blood Pressure Video Challenge

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | April 6, 2012

Share Your Story and Enter to Win by May 2, 2012! Also Follow Our Twitter Handle (#HealthIT4UBP)
One in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure (a.k.a., “hypertension”) – Do You? Many people who have high blood pressure don’t know it, which is why it’s often referred to as the “silent killer.” High blood pressure damages the brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys while causing no symptoms.  Fortunately, there are steps that each of us can take to prevent or manage high blood pressure,

Read Full Post.
Portrait of Lygeia Ricciardi

A Consumer Perspective on the HIMSS 2012 Conference

Lygeia Ricciardi | March 2, 2012

Last week, 37,000 people gathered in Las Vegas for the HIMSS 2012 Conference—the health information technology industry’s largest annual meeting. Energy was high as product vendors and health care providers anxiously awaited the release of proposed rules for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, the federal incentive program that is jumpstarting widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers.

Read Full Post.
Portrait of Dr. Doug Fridsma

HIMSS 2012 Interoperability Showcase Participants Get a Surprise Challenge

Dr. Doug Fridsma | February 29, 2012

Last Thursday, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari made an impromptu visit to the ONC/FHA area of the HIMSS 2012 Interoperability Showcase. He gathered the participants and issued a surprise challenge: In the next hour, demonstrate interoperable health information exchange with another showcase participant whom you haven’t exchanged information with before.

Read Full Post.
Portrait of Wil Yu

New Innovation Challenge Will Help People with Disabilities Access Their Health Records

Wil Yu | February 7, 2012

We are extremely excited to announce the launch of a new Investing in Innovations mobile app challenge, the “EHR Accessibility Module Challenge.”
Improving Access to Health Records
ONC’s mission includes reducing health disparities, ensuring secure and protected patient health information, and reducing health care costs. As such, we are challenging multidisciplinary teams to create and test a module or application that makes it easy for people with disabilities to access their health information stored in electronic health records (EHRs).

Read Full Post.