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Introducing the New “myfamily” App From Healthfinder.gov

Last week, the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) announced the winner of its healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge, myfamily. This winning app is intended to help individuals manage their family’s health by tracking customized prevention information for each family member.

The app provides information focused on the preventive care benefits and services covered by the Affordable Care Act. Individuals can enhance and maintain their family’s health by using the app to:

  • Find customized prevention information and tips for each member of their family
  • Create personal health alerts
  • Track medical check-ups and vaccinations

Watch a short video to see features of the new myfamily mobile app

Healthfinder.gov is a site that provides reliable and actionable information on prevention and wellness topics, including the clinical preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act.  ODPHP sponsored the app challenge in coordination with healthcare technology company Health 2.0 and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This contest challenged developers and health professionals to work together to co-design a mobile application that makes healthfinder.gov content customizable and easy to use for prevention care planning.

During the first phase of the challenge, developers worked with end users via a crowdsourcing platform called Health Tech Hatch (HTH) to build a working prototype. More than 160 individuals registered as testers and provided more than 260 comments. From 26 submissions, three finalists moved on to the second and final phase.

Submissions were reviewed based on weighted criteria, including:

  • Usability and design
  • Evidence of co-design
  • Innovation in design, functionality and accuracy
  • Healthfinder.gov branding

Particular emphasis was placed on the use of plain language and health literacy principles, as well as connecting users to healthfinder.gov information about clinical preventive services.

Lyfechannel, a small privately-held company that translates evidence-based health behavior and adherence studies into mobile patient experiences, developed the myfamily app. Lyfechannel headquarters are in San Carlos, Calif.

Learn more about the challenge winner and downloading the app.

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Submitted by Robert H. on
It would be really nice if this app (MyFamily) was also available for Android devices. I think as a government agency you have a responsibility to release apps on both Apple and Android platforms. By not doing this, not only are you missing a huge chunk of your audience, but you are also creating the digital equivalent of a health disparity.