Winners Announced for Challenge on Designing N.Y. Patient Portal

On Monday, the New York eHealth Collaborative announced that Mana Health has won the first place award in its Design Challenge for the Patient Portal for New Yorkers, Health Imaging reports.

Mana Health will receive $15,000 as the first-place winner, while:

  • iHealthNY will receive $7,500 as the second-place winner; and
  • MyHealthProfile will receive $2,500 as the third-place winner.

Challenge Details

The design challenge asked software developers to create a website that would allow New York residents to access and share their health records.

In April, developers submitted prototypes for voting by the general public. The top nine teams were invited to present their designs to a panel of expert judges.

Video demonstrations of the winning designs are available on the challenge website (Godt, Health Imaging, 5/13).

Next Steps

NYeC now plans to start building its portal and coordinate the online tool with the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, a health information exchange.

On Wednesday, NYeC plans to issue a request for proposals to find a company to help develop the portal. NYeC expects that the portal will be publicly available in 2014 (NYeC release, 5/13).

About the Portal

According to NYeC, the forthcoming patient portal will:

  • Facilitate easy access to patient records;
  • Offer the ability to share data with health care providers;
  • Allow patients to control access to their health data; and
  • Empower patients to play an active role in their health care management (Health Imaging, 5/13).

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