Winners of Patient Health Record Graphic Design Contest Announced

Ryan Panchadsaram | January 17, 2013

Three months ago we challenged graphic designers to help us reimagine what the patient health record could look like. We hoped that by making a patient health record more usable, the record could help prevent medical errors, empower patients to make better health decisions, and even save lives. We received a record number of submissions from graphic designers (more than 230). Our reviewers and curators were inspired by how the entrants were able to use design to make the record more human-centered and easy to use.

What’s special is that professionals (and students) inside and outside the health care industry participated in this graphic design contest to propose real solutions. Each one of them took the simple Blue Button text file and transformed it into something more useful for a patient, their family, and the people that care for them.

Patient Health Record Graphic Design Contest Winning Design

The Best Overall Design came from a group of graphic designers and strategists that work together at gravitytank External Links Disclaimer in Chicago. Their entry, Nightingale External Links Disclaimer, beautifully displayed a person’s medications and medical history that made it easier for a senior citizen to understand.

You can see the passion for the design challenge through the submissions. Studio TACK External Links Disclaimer, MedPop External Links Disclaimer, Blue Button Narrative External Links Disclaimer, and M. Jackson Wilkinson External Links Disclaimer all submitted detailed entries captured their thought process in redesigning the patient health record. The entries from Method External Links Disclaimer, Josh Hemsley External Links Disclaimer, and Andrew Conn External Links Disclaimer explored how the health record adapts to different form factors, like print, computers, tablets, and smartphones. The teams behind hGraph External Links Disclaimer and Health Summary External Links Disclaimer weren’t afraid to think outside of the box. This challenge attracted graphic designers who can engineer too. Tony Webster External Links Disclaimer and Vince Lane External Links Disclaimer each built out their entries and submitted working prototypes.

We put together a showcase of the winning design entries for all communities to admire and learn from. The reviewers also selected a set of entries that challenged the status quo and have included those in the showcase.

The showcase can be viewed at: External Links Disclaimer.

Keep following this effort because it is not over. What’s happening next is exciting. The curators are going to select a final design (that may combine elements from various submissions) to be built and open-sourced on the code-sharing site GitHub External Links Disclaimer. Our objective is to build the Bootstrap External Links Disclaimer for the patient health record. With these tools, electronic health record software companies across the country will be able to integrate the final design into their products and contribute to the open-source project.

I’d like to thank our partners who have helped us throughout this: California HealthCare Foundation External Links Disclaimer, Designer Fund External Links Disclaimer, Health 2.0, Luxr External Links Disclaimer, and Rock Health External Links Disclaimer. Our reviewers and curators, thank you, this effort would not be possible without you.