ONC’s Investing in Innovations Initiative uses competitions and cash prizes to spur health IT innovation
FISHKILL, N.Y. July 18, 2011 Holly Miller
The new program from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information, designed to spur innovations in health information technology (health IT), is part of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.
The program holds competitions and offers prizes to accelerate development of solutions to pressing health IT challenges. Recent competitions focused on applications that generate results for patients, caregivers and/or clinicians by providing them with access to relevant information that can support real needs and immediate decisions; and tools that facilitate exchange of health information while allowing individuals to customize the privacy allowances for their personal health records.
Miller is among a handful of national thought leaders invited to serve on the advisory board, which will help identify what challenges to offer and what solutions to reward.
"Fostering innovation in health IT has never been more critical. Health care delivery is undergoing a tremendous transformation–and that transformation demands health IT processes," Miller said. "I’m honored to be part of this exciting project."
MedAllies is no stranger to innovation. Its expertise helped create the virtual integration necessary for health information exchange in a community that lacks a large integrated delivery network. Since 2007, more than 700 Hudson Valley physicians have implemented electronic health records (EHRs). MedAllies was one of only seven sites nationwide to launch a pilot for the Direct Project, a national effort to fast track electronic health information exchange. In MedAllies’ hands, Direct is a tool to advance primary care models that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions.
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