SOURCE: Health 2.0

Health 2.0

September 26, 2011 19:05 ET

Health 2.0 Announces the CardioEngagement Developer Challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - Today Health 2.0 announced the launch of the Novartis CardioEngagement Challenge which asks multi-disciplinary teams of developers to create an interactive solution that will enable patients to better manage their cardiovascular health through a customizable, user-friendly interface.

The Novartis CardioEngagement Challenge is part of a broader, bold new program called the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge that is designed to spur innovations in the use of technology to improve health care outcomes. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is a partnership between Health 2.0 and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is sponsoring the CardioEngagement Challenge to promote innovation in the area of engagement, support and education for patients with cardiovascular disease.

By taking a more active role in managing their disease, people with cardiovascular disease have the ability to have a significant impact on half of the risk factors affecting their overall cardiovascular health. Engaging patients to take an active role in managing their disease is the area both patients and health care professionals struggle with most. A game-changing, life-changing solution is needed; one which empowers patients to better control their condition. The CardioEngagement Challenge looks to developers to create a tool that will change the landscape by engaging people with cardiovascular disease to more actively manage their health and help them live longer, healthier lives.

Developers are asked to think big when tackling the number one killer in America, cardiovascular disease. And in that spirit, the following areas should be considered by all entrants: health support systems through community and family engagement, improving health education through better patient engagement, risk profiling tools to promote positive behavior and lifestyle changes, and information sharing with appropriate health care stakeholders. All applications developed for the Novartis CardioEngagement Challenge should leverage existing publically available data sources (e.g. Healthdata.gov, Health Indicators Warehouse). The competition will favor entries that work across multiple platforms and have the capacity for scalability and easy deployment.

A board of key stakeholders within the health care and health technology community who are committed to the advancement of health information technology in support of better patient outcomes will judge entries and select the solution that best addresses the needs of cardiovascular patients everywhere. The goal of the CardioEngagement Challenge is to present a platform that gives those interested in making a difference the support needed to help bring a winning concept to life. Teams will be asked to submit concepts for their applications in a PowerPoint slide deck and optional video presentation. Four finalists will be selected among the submissions and will each receive $15,000 to develop a prototype of their concept. The finalists will then present their prototypes in a live demonstration at the US headquarters of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. One winning concept will be selected from the finalists and the winning team will receive $100,000 to fully develop and launch their concept in the market with the hopes and goal of making a difference in the lives of the many struggling with managing their cardiovascular health.

"Health 2.0 accepted the CardioEngagement Challenge from Novartis because in addition to being a leading researcher and manufacturer of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease medications, they have a long-standing commitment to helping health care professionals and patients better manage their cardiovascular health," said Indu Subaiya, MD MBA - CEO and Co-Chairman of Health 2.0.

Learn more details about this specific challenge at www.cardioengagement.org.

About the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge: The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge was launched on June 2, 2010 at the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI) meeting at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), with support from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The goal of the challenge is to bring the Health 2.0 Community together for rapid application development, both online and in physical code-a-thons. For more see www.health2challenge.org.

About Health 2.0: Health 2.0 -- The conference. The media network. The Innovation Community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is a series of prize competitions promoting health technology innovation. Health 2.0 also has its own media channels, Health 2.0 News and Health 2.0 TV; its own market intelligence service, Health 2.0 Advisors; and also sponsors the Health 2.0 Accelerator industry consortium. Health 2.0 was founded by Indu Subaiya & Matthew Holt in 2007 and is now a community of hundreds of organizations and thousands of innovators. For more information, see www.health2con.com.

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