VA, ONC offering $50,000 to redesign health records

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are offering $50,000 in total prizes in a new challenge to redesign patient health records.

Entries will be judged based on overall appeal, patient usefulness, caregiver usefulness, physician usefulness, visual hierarchy, information density and accessibility.

From the contest:

Being able to access your health information on demand can be lifesaving in an emergency situation, can help prevent medication errors, and can improve care coordination so everyone who is caring for you is on the same page. However, too often health information is presented in an unwieldy and unintelligible way that makes it hard for patients, their caregivers, and their physicians to use. There is an opportunity for talented designers to reshape the way health records are presented to create a better patient experience.

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