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New Electronic Health Record Design Contest Winners Announced

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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.

Screenshot of contest winner Nightingale on desktop and smartphone.

Winning entry 'Nightingale'

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 gravitytankExit Disclaimer in Chicago. Their entry--called NightingaleExit Disclaimer--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 TACKExit Disclaimer, MedPopExit Disclaimer, Blue Button NarrativeExit Disclaimer, and M. Jackson WilkinsonExit Disclaimer all submitted detailed entries that captured their thought process in redesigning the patient health record. The entries from MethodExit Disclaimer, Josh HemsleyExit Disclaimer, and Andrew ConnExit Disclaimer explored how the health record adapts to different form factors, like print, computers, tablets, and smartphones. The teams behind hGraphExit Disclaimer and Health SummaryExit Disclaimer weren't afraid to think outside of the box.

This challenge attracted graphic designers who can engineer too. Tony WebsterExit Disclaimer and Vince LaneExit Disclaimer each built out their entries and submitted working prototypes.

HealthIT.gov put together a showcase of the winning design entriesExit Disclaimer 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 GitHubExit Disclaimer. The objective is to build the BootstrapExit Disclaimer 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.

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Submitted by It's good on
It's good to know about the growth of health records. The electronic health record is new technology and is very sophisticated.
Submitted by Anonymous on
We need help in deciding what EHR to choose.Thanks