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NYeC names Mana Health top patient portal design

By Kyle Murphy, PhD

The people of New York are getting one step closer toward user-friendly access to their personal health information. The New York eHealth Collaborative has announced the winners of its Design Challenge for the Patient Portal for New Yorkers. Taking home the top prize is Mana Health, which also takes home $15,000 in prize money. Second and third place were taken by iHealthNY and MyHealthProfile, which earned themselves $7,500 and $2,500, respectively.

The announcement follows two demo days held in New York City and Buffalo after which time expert judges comprising healthcare providers, hospital leaders, consumer advocates, and public officials (to name a few) chose the winners.

“The NYeC Design Challenge is proof that extraordinary things are possible when we leverage creative developers and designers and the preferences of end users,” said Rebecca Mitchell Coelius, MD, Medical Officer for Innovation at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and a contest judge in a public statement. “It’s exciting to see New York take the federal Blue Button initiative to the next level through its use of the patient portal. Well-designed and functional access to personal health data, and support for its export to other applications, is a huge step forward for patients in New York State and a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs.”

So what distinguished the three design submissions from the rest of the pack? Have a look for yourselves.

First place:

http://vimeo.com/63874094

Second place:

Third place:

What’s next on tap is the release of a request for proposals (RFP) on May 15 to select a company to develop the patient portal. The patient portal will open to the public in 2014. When all is said and done, patients will be able to access their electronic health records, share their EHRs with providers, determine what aspects of their medical history they will share, and have more control over managing their healthcare.

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