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ONC Challenge Seeks Apps To Help Women Fight, Prevent Cancer

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and HHS' Office of Minority Health recently announced the launch of a contest for a mobile health application to help women fight and prevent cancer, Government Health IT reports.

About the Contest

The Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color App Challenge invites software developers to create a mobile application that would deliver information to women with a high risk for developing breast and gynecological cancers or women who already have been diagnosed with such cancers (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 8/28).

Specifically, the app would need to:

  • Provide information in different languages and culturally appropriate contexts about preventive and screening services for breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian cancers;
  • Communicate with patients' electronic health records or personal health records to generate reminders about preventive services;
  • Support the secure storage, viewing and exchange of patients' care plans; and
  • Help patients and their caregivers track complex patient care plans.

Prizes, Deadline

The first place winner will receive $85,000, according to a notice published in the Federal Register. The second prize winner will receive $10,000, and the third place winner will receive $5,000 (Kearns, PhysBizTech, 8/27).

The deadline for contest submissions is Feb. 5, 2013 (Government Health IT, 8/28).

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