Redesign the EMR

Are you a designer? Do you just hate the current way that the electronic medical record is viewed (particularly, the text-only Blue Button from Veteran’s Affairs)?

Then you might want to hibernate with your computer for the next couple of days as you redesign the electronic medical record (EMR) for a cash prize, and you know, the benefits of moving health forward via meaningful technologies.

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Created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and with cash incentive prizes ranging from $1,000 to $16,000 from the philanthropic organization The Designer Fund, this is definitely a challenge to keep an eye on, if not participate in.

Designs could impact MyHealtheVet, the patient-facing portal for veterans and their families to access medical data.

Here’s every resource you need about the competition:

  • The official White House Challenge page for the competition
  • The GitHub/Blue Button page, full of useful information like the reviewer panel for the challenge, and online inspiration resources like TedMed lectures and examples of successful medical redesign efforts.
  • The obligatory Tech Crunch article covering the challenge.

Submissions are required to be licensed under Creative Commons (Veteran’s Affairs has a long tradition of open access resources – VistA anyone?). Deadline for design submissions is November 30th – have at it!

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