January 15, 2013
New designs to make health records easier for patients to use
Winning designs of printed health records to help patients better understand and use their electronic health records (EHRs) were announced today by Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology. The designs, created through a HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) challenge contest, all met the goal of making EHRs valuable to patients and their family members.
“Patients that are engaged in their health care treatments have better outcomes in their health,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for Health Information Technology. “The design challenge winners all proposed patient-friendly designs that will help to translate technical health information into easy-to-understand information that will help patients work closely with their doctors to manage their care.”
More than 230 submissions to the design challenge were submitted. Winners of the Health Design Challenge include:
- Best Overall Design – “Nightingale” - Amy Guterman, Stephen Menton, Defne Civelekoglu, Kunal Bhat, Amy Seng, and Justin Rheinfrank from gravitytank in Chicago, Ill.
- Best Medication Section – “M.ed” - Josh Hemsley from Orange County, Calif., presented a modern and intuitive design to help patients better understand how to properly adhere to their medication
- Best Medical/Problem History – “Grouping by Time” – Mathew Sanders from Brooklyn, N.Y., aimed to provide more context by listing items in chronological order instead of grouping by functional type so cause and effect can be seen
- Best Lab Summaries – “Health Summary” – Mike Parker, Dan McGorry, and Kel Smith from HealthEd in Clark, N.J., brought life to lab summaries through an aggregate health score and rich graphs of lab values
The Best Overall Design winner will receive $16,000, while the winners in the remaining categories will each receive $5,000.
The Health Design Challenge supports ONC’s efforts to engage consumers in their health through the use of technology, including the Blue Button, and is part of ONC’s Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative. The i2 Initiative holds competitions to accelerate development and adoption of technology solutions that enhance quality and outcomes.
"This challenge was unique because it engaged professionals and students inside and outside of the health care industry to participate and propose real solutions," said Ryan Panchadsaram, presidential innovation fellow for ONC." We’ve assembled a showcase of top entries that challenged the status quo and inspired the health community."
More information about the winning submissions and other top entries can be viewed in the online gallery at http://healthdesignchallenge.com. For more information about health information technology, visit: www.healthit.gov.