Three months ago HealthIT.gov challenged graphic designers to help HHS reimagine what patient health records could look like. We hoped that by making a patient health record more user-friendly, we could help prevent medical errors, empower patients to make better health decisions, and even save lives. HeathIT.gov received a record number of submissions from graphic designers (more than 230). Reviewers and curators were inspired by how the entrants used design concepts 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.
The Best Overall Design came from a group of graphic designers and strategists that work together at gravitytank in Chicago. Their entry--called Nightingale--beautifully displayed a person's medications and medical history that made it easier to understand.
You can see the passion for the design challenge in each of the submissions. Studio TACK, MedPop, Blue Button Narrative, and M. Jackson Wilkinson all submitted detailed entries that captured their thought process in redesigning the patient health record. The entries from Method, Josh Hemsley, and Andrew Conn explored how the health record adapts to different form factors, like print, computers, tablets, and smartphones. The teams behind hGraph and Health Summary weren't afraid to think outside of the box.
HealthIT.gov 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.
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. The objective is to build the Bootstrap framework for the new patient health record design. 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.
Follow along at healthit.gov.