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“Putting Care in Context” Winners Attack Health Hurdles


Share4Care won second place in the “Putting Care in Context” challenge.

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), MadPow, and Health 2.0 announced the winners of their “Putting Care in Context” design challenge last week. The challenge sought innovative ideas that might help patients take an active role in sharing their health struggles and experiences with other patients and with healthcare providers.

“We believe that healthcare providers must understand the hurdles in a patient’s life that can be a barrier to good health,” Amy Cueva, Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Mad*Pow, said in a press release. “These winning concepts can help engage patients to share this important personal information, leading to more effective care.”

The three winners offered well-designed and innovative solutions that empowered patients to share information about hunger, poor housing, stress and isolation.

Healthify, a web-based platform for assessing patients’ social and behavioral needs, won first place.

Healthify refers patients to resources that meet their needs and engages them through texting. Healthify also provides dashboards for managed care plans and case managers, which allows those managers to organize the social needs in their populations and search for social services.

Share4Care, the second place winner, is a prototype of an iPad app that would allow patients to document stress levels and other issues while they wait to be seen at a clinic.

Share4Care would calculate a “Life Change Score” and assign a color (green, yellow or red) that would be available to doctors, prompting them to ask questions based on that data.

In third place was MyDay Media Messaging Journal, a web-based platform where patients can document their barriers to health through photos and texts. The website and mobile app allow providers to view patients’ journal entries. Doctors can also follow-up on those entries, building patient relationships, clarifying journal content and connecting patients with appropriate resources.

These three winners will share $10,000 in prize money.

“The winning solutions – all at varying stages of development – demonstrate different ways that patients can be engaged to share information about their lives outside the clinic walls,” Giovanna Giuliani, senior program officer with the California HealthCare Foundation, said in a press release. “From a one-time assessment in the waiting room, to a daily social media-inspired approach, to a more developed web-based screening tool, these solutions will spark new ways to think about promoting conversations and care that addresses the whole person.”

For more innovative ideas, join Health 2.0 at their Fall Conference, Sept. 21-24 in Santa Clara, California.

Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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