RWJF, Federal Agencies Launch Contests for Health Games, Apps

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a contest for gaming applications that generate data that could be used to improve personal and community health, Health Data Management reports.

The contest will consist of two phases. In the first phase, software developers will submit ideas for gaming applications. Five finalist teams each will receive $5,000.

In the second phase, the five finalist teams will create working apps (Goedert, Health Data Management, 12/5).

Judges will evaluate the five apps and award:

  • $100,000 to the first-place team;
  • $50,000 to the second-place team; and
  • $25,000 to the third-place team.

Entries must be submitted by Jan. 27, 2013, after which the five finalist teams will be selected. The overall winners will be announced in September 2013 (McKinney, Modern Healthcare, 12/7).

HHS Mobile App Contest

In related news, HHS has launched a contest for mobile apps that leverage prevention and wellness data from HHS' healthfinder.gov website to help consumers make health decisions.

The first-place winner will receive $50,000. Entries must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2013, and the winner will be announced on March 17, 2013, according to a Federal Register notice (Barr, Modern Healthcare, 12/5).

ONC Mobile App Contest

Meanwhile, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced a contest for mobile apps that leverage data to help prevent, detect and manage pressure ulcers, Government Health IT reports.

The app also will need to promote the use of health information exchange standards.

The first-prize winner will receive $60,000, the second-prize winner will receive $15,000 and the third-place winner will receive $5,000. Submissions are due by April 29, 2013 (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 12/6).


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