The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently announced the winners of two innovation contests aimed at leveraging technology to improve medical care, Modern Healthcare reports.
Reporting Device Adverse Events Challenge
The winner of the Reporting Device Adverse Events Challenge was Team lostream's MedDAERS system, which uses a Web portal to report adverse events, errors and problems with medical devices.
The winning team received $25,000, an opportunity to demonstrate the application at an upcoming industry conference and two free passes to the Health 2.0 spring conference.
Discharge Follow-Up Appointment Challenge
The winner of ONC's Discharge Follow-Up Appointment Challenge was a Web-based application called MyHealthDIRECT. Hospital discharge planners can use the application to identify openings for follow-up appointments and schedule patients for those open time slots. The tool also sends appointment reminders using email and text messages.
The winning team received $5,000 (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 6/7).