Wednesday, July 20, 2011

VA Challenges IT Geeks and Industry to Spread Access to Personal Health Records

VA will offer a $50,000 prize to the first team or individual to build a personal health record using the Blue Button download format and arrange for the record’s installation on the websites of 25,000 physicians in the United States. The contest runs through October 18, 2011 – unless a winner is declared sooner.

The contest builds on VA’s offer to its health care enrollees the ability to download their personal health records securely from VA’s computer system, where a recent upgrade has allowed them to see their laboratory results.

Making the Blue Button download accessible to private health care providers will greatly enhance access to medical records for Veterans and the general public. The Blue Button Provider Contest is managed by the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2). VAi2 engages private-sector companies, entrepreneurs, academic leaders and the VA workforce to identify and implement innovations that increase Veterans’ access to VA services, improve the quality of services delivered, enhance the performance of VA operations, and reduce or control the cost of delivering services that Veterans and their families receive.

When: Thursday, July 21, 11 a.m.

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