1. September 10, 2012

    Winning videos inspire patients to take control of their health care

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    Do you know what’s in your health record? That was the question posed to consumers and providers by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) back in July. 

    Teams and individuals responded to the question by participating in the ONC’s "What’s in Your Health Record??" Video Challenge, a competition to create short, inspiring videos about the benefits of accessing your personal medical record. Over the course of six weeks, health information technology and personal health record enthusiasts submitted 31 videos and competed for a prize pool of $7,500.

    Winners of the First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention prizes were selected by a panel of four judges. The Popular Choice Award winner was chosen by the public, who voted over a 10 day period.

    First Prize ($3,000) and Popular Choice Award ($700) — Mark’s Story
    Second Prize ($2,000) — Wright and Luft
    Third Prize ($1,000) — See Your Health Clearly
    Honorable Mentions ($500 each) — Red Dots and Chicken Pox and Adrenaline Shot 

    Thank you to everyone who created a video and made the challenge a fantastic success! You can check out the winners and all other entries in the Video Gallery. We hope that the videos leave you as inspired to ask for your health record as they left us. 

    We invite you to join us on Facebook, follow @ChallengePost on Twitter, and use the hashtag #YourHealthRecord when you tweet.

    By Megan

  2. July 19, 2012

    How to start taking control of your health care

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    Have you ever reviewed a copy of your health record? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) wants to hear personal stories from people like you. (If you have no idea where your health records are or why you should request them, jump to the end of this post.)

    Create a compelling, short video (under two minutes) that highlights why having access to your health record can improve the quality of your health care, or the care of a loved one. Winning videos will be awarded $7,200 in prizes and featured on www.HealthIT.gov.

    Your video has the potential to inspire millions of Americans to start taking control of their health care and ensure that individuals and health care providers have the right information to make the best decisions.

    Learn more about the competition at YourRecord.challenge.gov, and share this with a friend or health care provider.

    For those who have no idea where their health records are, or why it is crucial to have access to them, here are some helpful resources:

    1. What Is a Personal Health Record (PHR)? [MyPHR]
    2. The Importance of Keeping Family Health Records [Family Lobby]
    3. Technology Helps Patients Take Control of Health Records [USA Today] 
    4. Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Health Records [HealthIT.gov] 
    5. Accessing Your Health Records [MyPHR]
    6. How to Create a Personal Health Record [MyPHR]

    We invite you to follow @ChallengePost on Twitter and join us on Facebook. Twitter hashtag: #YourHealthRecord.

    By Samantha

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