2 posts tagged “HealthIT.gov”

Enter the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Posted January 20th, 2012 by

Did you make a health-related New Year’s resolution?  And are you using technology—such as a smartphone app or website—to achieve your goal?  Create a short video about it, and you could win prizes ranging from $250 to $2,000 if your video is selected as one of the best!

Learn More About the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and conducted via Challenge.gov, the Healthy New Year Video Challenge invites you to create a compelling video (2 minutes or less) about a New Year’s resolution for improving your health or that of a loved one, and how you will use technology to achieve your resolution.

“In order to empower individuals to be more active partners in their health, they need access to their information and tools they can use,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., national coordinator for health information technology.  “We are excited to harness the creativity of ordinary Americans to help promote the positive impact of the myriad health information technology tools and services on health and health care.”

For PatientsLikeMe members, you’re already using technology (meaning, our online health community!) to monitor and improve your health.  Here are some sample resolutions involving PatientsLikeMe that might make for a great video submission:

  • Enter my complete health data at PatientsLikeMe so that I can spot correlations and patterns on my profile charts.
  • Find out what PatientsLikeMe members with the same condition(s) are doing about a symptom that’s frustrating me.
  • Chart my daily moods using PatientsLikeMe’s InstantMe survey to see what factors are affecting my mental health.
  • Add my Lab and Test results at PatientsLikeMe so that I – and others like me – can learn from them.

How Do Health and Technology Intersect in Your 2012 New Year's Resolutions?

All video submissions are due on Friday, February 16th, at 5:00 p.m. EST, so start brainstorming.  The idea is to inspire, motivate and educate others in a unique way, as all winning videos will be featured at HeathIT.gov.  For more details and contest guidelines, visit the contest website.

New to Health 2.0? Join the 125,000+ others at PatientsLikeMe to find information and support from those just like you – and begin monitoring your health with a host of tools and measurements. Cheers to health and technology in 2012!


Our Pledge to You, the Patient

Posted September 12th, 2011 by

“We founded PatientsLikeMe on the concept that sharing health data could lead to a more empowered patient and better overall healthcare system. It’s an exciting and giant step forward for us as an industry as we unite around making health data more accessible to those that matter most – the patients.”

Ben Heywood, PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder, President

Today the first-ever Consumer Health IT Summit is taking place in Washington, DC. Sponsored by a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), this new initiative is designed to empower individuals to be more engaged in their health through the use of health information technology (IT).

During the summit, both government health agencies and private sector organizations like PatientsLikeMe will be highlighting the ways they plan to support your access to electronic health data. For example, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius unveiled new proposed rules that would expand the rights of patients to access their health information as well as a model privacy notice template that can be used in the process. In addition, HealthIT.gov, a new resource for consumer health empowerment, was announced.

Visit HealthIT.gov today to learn more about your right to access your own health information

PatientsLikeMe is participating in this important initiative by making our own pledge to you, which we are committed to completing by spring 2012.

“We pledge to make it easier for individuals and their caregivers to have timely access to their health information in a convenient, useable format through our website.  As we continue to encourage and enable them to use this information to improve their health and their care, we pledge to:

1) improve patients’ accessibility to their personal health information by making our Doctor Visit Sheet (a document detailing an individual’s health data and experience) downloadable through multiple formats, including electronically readable formats like PDFs and the “Blue Button” ASCII text standard format;

2) encourage patients to dialogue with their peers and providers about the benefits of accessing and understanding their health data;

3) continue “Putting Patients First” by building a website that helps them to share, access and learn from their health information online.”

What’s a Blue Button, you ask? An open government initiative, Blue Button represents a collaboration between the Veteran’s Administration and HHS to develop an online feature that would enable Veterans and Medicare beneficiaries to easily read, use and share their personal health information with providers and others they trust. The ASCII text file format was selected for its ease of use by individuals, while allowing computers to easily “read” the information.