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HEALTH TECH HATCH SERVES AS IDEA CROWDSOURCER AND USER TESTING PLATFORM FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES “BLUE BUTTON PLUS” MOBILE APP CHALLENGE

Company’s testing capability allows developers to collaborate with end users

to produce consumer-facing applications that make patient information useful

Iowa City, Iowa (June 6, 2013) – Health Tech Hatch (Hatch), a resource for entrepreneurs who create innovative health and wellness products and companies, today announced it will operate as the user testing platform for the Blue Button Patient Co-Design Challenge, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) newest challenge effort. The Challenge seeks to amplify the voices of patients with stories to tell and problems to solve through improved access to their health data.  The Challenge will also uniquely engage the patient community to teach what patients most want to do with their clinical data by crowdsourcing application ideas and incorporating patients in product design. Crowdsourcing and crowdvoting of ideas will take place from June 3 through June 11 at http://ideas.healthtechhatch.com/.

Blue Button Plus represents the technical standards and policy levers that help patients make use of their clinical and financial data in technology such as personal health records and health apps. All patients whose providers use Meaningful Use Stage 2 certified technology have the ability to view, download, and securely transmit their clinical data from their provider’s Electronic Health Record into another product or holding place of their choice. This is an enormous opportunity for patient-facing, data receiver applications that previously struggled to collect complete and accurate clinical data without manual patient entry.

Intended to increase the number of priority patient-facing applications able to receive clinical data via Blue Button Plus, the Challenge allows site visitors to vote for the highest priority problems and types of products they think will help them best take care of themselves and their families. The top three ideas/problems will become the target products for this Challenge.

“Supporting innovations that will actually be used by people to improve health is a shared mission among Hatch and HHS/ONC, and is the inspiration behind Hatch’s testing platform,” says Patricia Salber, CEO of Health Tech Hatch. “What is so great about this project is the way real patient engagement is built in, starting with crowdsourcing the ideas for the Challenge to having the developers post their concepts on Health Tech Hatch so that patients can iteratively interact with the developers in a codesign process, and vote. It’s the first time such an extensive involvement of patients in the development of apps/tools has taken place.”

Over the summer, developers from across the country will build patient-prioritized tools using the Blue Button Plus technical guidelines, which ensure that patients may move their own health data from a provider’s electronic health record or a patient’s own personal health record into these new products in a secure and structured way.  Developers will receive codesign support from real patients through the Health Tech Hatch platform. Testers will be compensated for their time. If you are interested in applying to be a tester, send an email to info@healthtechhatch.com.

In August, participants will vote again for the winner. Prizes will also be awarded for the best open source developer tools that make it easier for future applications to become Blue Button Plus enabled. Total prize money is $50,000.

“We want the Blue Button Co-Design Challenge to be a significant step forward in the creation and adoption of Blue Button Plus-enabled tools and applications, said Adam Wong, Management and Program Analyst, ONC. “Utilizing the knowledge and experience we’ve gained over the past two years from the many challenges we’ve run, we expect this challenge to result in a slew of new patient applications and developer tools that will bring Blue Button to a wide range of new users. And with the ideation crowd-sourcing and public voting elements we have incorporated the opinions of patients and consumers in an exciting new way.”

Hatch’s platform supports health care innovators by providing the infrastructure for iterative concept feedback from relevant users (consumers and providers) early in design, and hosts challenges that generate solutions for government agencies, foundations, academic institutions and other organizations. An entrepreneur may also crowdfund on the Hatch platform and raise matching funds from sponsor organizations.

The Blue Button Co-Design Challenge builds upon previous ONC activities to support consumer health and patient access to their data. These include Challenges such as Blue Button for All Americans, the Blue Button Mash Up Challenge, and the Health Design Challenge.

For additional information, please visit http://challenge.gov/ONC/557-blue-button-co-design-challenge.”

About Health Tech Hatch

Health Tech Hatch (“Hatch”) is a platform supporting healthcare innovation via early concept feedback, problem-solving challenges, and crowdfunding. Learn more at http://healthtechhatch.com/.

June 12, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HEALTH TECH HATCH SELECTED AS ONE OF 48 INNOVATORS IN THE HIVE AT TEDMED 2013

TEDMED to create and host interactive, hands-on social environments for Delegates

to discover breakthrough thinking 

Larkspur, Calif. (March 27, 2013) – Health Tech Hatch (Hatch), a resource to organizations, health technology companies and individual entrepreneurs creating innovative health and wellness products and companies, today announced it is one of 48 innovators selected to take part in The Hive, debuting at TEDMED 2013 in association with the StartUp Health Network. An immersive and informal social environment dedicated to exploring transformative innovations and inspiring entrepreneurs in health and medicine, The Hive will live online at TEDMED.com and via a 30,000 square foot superstructure on the South Plaza of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., April 16-19, 2013.

At The Hive, incubators and accelerators, government-run programs, academic specialists, independent start-ups and labs run by Fortune 500 companies will come together to share and to discover important drivers of innovation. TEDMED will create and host interactive, hands-on social environments for Delegates to discover breakthrough thinking, and to meet leading future-thinkers.

“Being named part of The Hive, particularly in our first year of operation, is huge for Health Tech Hatch and certainly introduces several important new opportunities for collaboration,” says Patricia Salber, CEO of Health Tech Hatch. “We believe health tech entrepreneurs have the potential to change health care for the better, making it more convenient, less costly and more consumer friendly. By engaging in The Hive community, we hope to further our mission through conversations with some of the greatest entrepreneurial minds of our time.”

The Hive brings together a diverse community of independent start-ups, incubators/accelerators, government-run challenges, academically-led programs and labs run by Fortune 500 companies. Selected by an eight -member curation team who helped to ensure it represents a diverse set of innovators and entrepreneurs, Hive participants emerged from an applicant pool of more than 250 innovators doing game-changing work in varied fields both inside and outside health and medicine.

About Health Tech Hatch

Health Tech Hatch (Hatch) is a resource to organizations, health technology companies and individual entrepreneurs. Hatch cultivates early iterative feedback from selected end-users (consumers and providers) to make product development more effective and to prevent expensive rework, and hosts challenges to crowdsource solutions for government agencies, foundations, academic institutions and other organizations. An entrepreneur may also crowdfund for early seed funds on the Hatch platform.

Hatch provides: a codesign platform bringing together developers and testers, challenges to openly innovate solutions for organizations, support to develop effective seed-crowdfunding campaigns, and access to industry expertise from its multidisciplinary team. Learn more at www.healthtechhatch.com.

About TEDMED

TEDMED, LLC is an independent organization operated under a special license from the nonprofit TED conference. TEDMED is the world’s only TED-licensed event focused solely on innovation and breakthrough thinking across all of health and medicine. TEDMED 2012 featured 71 preeminent leaders in health, medicine, science, technology, business, government, academia, media and the arts, who spoke before a sold-out audience of more than 1,600 Delegates. Jay Walker has served as the Curator of TEDMED since 2011. Walker is also the founder of Priceline.com. For more information, please visit www.TEDMED.com.

 

April 8, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Health Tech Hatch Serves as User Testing Platform and Crowdfunding Resource for Healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge

The healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge will debut Hatch’s testing capability, which allows developers the opportunity to interact with end users to improve usability. healthfinder.gov is a reliable prevention and wellness website that provides information about preventive services covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Company’s Testing Capability Allows Developers to Work with End Users to Improve Usability of Application and Site for Consumers

Larkspur, Calif. (December 17, 2012) – Health Tech Hatch (Hatch), a crowdfunding and development resource for entrepreneurs creating innovative health and wellness products and companies, today announced it will operate as the user testing platform for the healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge. Hatch’s platform already supports health care innovators by providing crowdfunding, clinical and usability testing, and rating of concepts and prototypes, along with mentoring and marketing support to help entrepreneurs succeed in growing their businesses. The healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge will debut Hatch’s testing capability, which allows developers the opportunity to interact with end users to improve usability. healthfinder.gov is a reliable prevention and wellness website that provides information about preventive services covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as an advisor, challenges teams of developers and health professionals and health consumers to co-design a mobile app that will be used by the public to access customized decision support for preventive services and wellness information from healthfinder.gov. The ideal application (“app”) will help make healthfinder.gov content customizable and easy to use, reaching users where they are. Developers can register and complete entry requirements at the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge site.

healthfinder.gov’s Quick Guide to Healthy Living is a credible, science-based, and easy-to-use information resource presented in plain language. The Guide informs educates, and motivates users to incorporate healthy behaviors into their lives and take small steps towards improving their health.  healthfinder.gov also provides decision support for preventive services covered by the health care reform law (Affordable Care Act) through the myhealthfinder tool.

The mobile app should include Quick Guide to Healthy Living topics and information about preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act. The app could include tools to help users integrate myhealthfinder, real-time communication tools to stay in touch with peers, community health services/locators; news, analyses and blogs from outside sources; social media and online networking communities; and/or any open source tools as appropriate.

“Supporting innovations that will actually be used by people to improve health is a shared mission among Hatch, HHS and Health 2.0, and is the inspiration behind Hatch’s testing platform,” says Patricia Salber, CEO of Health Tech Hatch. “We are proud to be a part of the first phase of the challenge, in which developers will submit working mobile app prototypes, along with documentation and evidence of public feedback via Health Tech Hatch. Developers are permitted to crowdfund their projects, although it is not required.”

Hatch’s platform combines crowdfunding with the power of social media to raise funds not only from family and friends but from anyone who may be interested in the project. A computer or mobile device, and an interest in supporting health care innovation, are all that are needed to get involved.

Submissions for phase one of the challenge, accepted until January 25, 2013, will be reviewed based on several criteria including usability and design; health literacy principles; connection to clinical preventive services and wellness information; evidence of co-design with end user, innovation in design, functionality and accuracy, and healthfinder.gov branding.

About Health Tech Hatch

Health Tech Hatch (Hatch)is an online and mobile resource dedicated to launching early-stage innovations in health care and putting them into the hands of patients, physicians, wellness professionals and consumers. HATCH provides a platform for crowdfunding–a groundbreaking method of raising start-up funds for a new business or product–and expert advice for health tech entrepreneurs (both in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds) who have brilliant ideas ready to hatch. Learn more at www.healthtechhatch.com.

December 31, 2012 I Written By