HHS Launches Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators App Challenge

Recently, at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled a new set of health priorities for the Nation known as “Leading Health Indicators” (LHIs).  LHIs will be used by policymakers and public health professionals to track progress in local communities as they work toward meeting key national health goals, such as increasing access to health services.

In conjunction with this announcement, HHS has launched the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators App Challenge. The challenge encourages developers and public health professionals to co-design applications that can be used to help address one or more of the LHIs. The app will help public health professionals in tracking, measuring and reporting on progress in these critical public health areas.

“The LHIs are a call for immediate action in areas of public health that need our immediate attention and action,” said Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H., HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. “We need to work together across all sectors to solve the most pressing health problems in this country, and the LHIs are the starting point to our Healthy People 2020 roadmap. By enhancing health across the priority areas, we can expect to make great progress toward achieving health goals for the decade.”

The LHI Challenge, announced by Todd Park, HHS chief technology officer, will highlight current critical health issues that could result in future public health problems. By bringing awareness to the indicators, it is possible the reduce some of the leading causes of preventable deaths and major illnesses.

Ideal solutions will mash up data to create tools that integrate multiple features and topics, such as educational information, personal health and community data. Submissions must be completed by March 9, 2012 and will be judged by a panel of expert judges from the Federal government, private sector and academia. Winning applications will include user appeal, integration of health data, and evidence of collaboration.

“The LHI App Challenge is an opportunity to improve the public’s health through innovation,” said Park. “Developers and public health experts will work side by side to create customizable and user-friendly tools to help track the nation’s progress in addressing the LHIs.”

To learn more about the Healthy People 2020 Health Indicators App Challenge visit the project website.

See the full press release here.

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