Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators App Challenge Winners Announced

At the National Health Promotion Summit this past Tuesday (April 10), Chief Technology Officer of United States – Todd Park, – the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Health 2.0 announced the three winners of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators App Challenge: Team Community Commons, Team PhenotypeIT and Team Trilogy.  Congratulations to the winners!

The Leading Health Indicators App Challenge launched on October 30, 2011 as part of ONC’s Investing in Innovation (i2) initiative and was run by the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge program.  The challenge asked multi-disciplinary teams to create applications that help solve the nation’s high priority health problems. The Leading Health Indicators are identified national health issues that fall under the umbrella of the Healthy People 2020 initiative.  The US Department of Health and Human Services asked developers and public health experts to co-design applications that make the indicators customizable and easy-to-use.  There were two steps to the co-design.  The first was to select a “persona” or a specific user who might find the application useful and to design the application with that person’s needs in mind.  The second was for developers to team with field experts to help strategize the application’s design and subsequent realization.

First place team Community Commons will be awarded $10,000, second place team PhenotypeIT will be awarded $3,000 and third place team Trilogy will be awarded $2,000.  The following are brief summaries of the winning applications:

Community Commons – the Community Commons application – submitted by Tyler Norris and Chris Fulcher – offers interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility to leaders from community to national levels.  The application seeks to help create informed, healthy, equitable and sustainable communities. Key features include an interactive initiatives map of the movement, a commons map room, an array of starter maps tools, widgets, data apps, case stories and other contextualized resources, access to who and what is working across an array of place-based initiatives by accessing news feeds, videos and press, and engaging dialogue with colleagues around the country.  Data sets and tools used to build the application include internet-based National Source Data GIS layers implemented by the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri and others.

PhenotypeIT – the PhITme solution – submitted by Alaina Hanlon, Robert Jahreis and Peter Connolly – guides individuals to gradually change the behaviors that are putting their health at risk. PhITme addresses the need for a better set of behavior modification tools for clinicians and dieticians to use with patients that are at risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.  PhITme addresses the need for not only assessing an individual’s risk levels but also directly tying improvements in nutrition to improvements in health. PhITme integrates data from many sources to help meet individuals where they are in terms of their clinical needs, goals and readiness to start making changes. Individuals receive a 10-year health risk profile and a Nutrition Score based on their clinical needs and eating habits. An Action Plan is developed to help the improve Nutrition Scores which in turn improve health. PhITme tracks the individuals’ progress, provides real-time feedback and automatically modifies the Action Plan as necessary. The clinician can track populations and cohorts to determine which programs provide the greatest benefits.

Trilogy – the Trilogy tool – Afshin Khosravi and Lucas Geis – tied to the Network of Care for Healthy Communities, is a local, web-based, health information system available for any community in the U.S. The Network of Care exemplifies how a local delivery platform aggregates and presents information for citizens and stakeholders to improve community health. The system uses a wide array of data from the Community Health Data Initiative to create innovative, localized applications for family decision-makers. The site provides data on roughly 150 Community Health Indicators, all presented visually to help gain an understanding of the health of the community in more detail. Users are presented with “actionable content” to help take informed steps to improve community health. The Healthy People 2020 Tracker combines the science and extensive work of the US Department of Health and Human Services to identify key metrics of health in communities and allows users to see report cards of how their communities compare to benchmarks to help reach goals.

To learn more about the Healthy People 2020 LHI App Challenge, please visit the Challenge website.

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