The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT and HHS Office for Civil Rights recently developed new model notices of privacy practices for providers that reflect changes in the HIPAA privacy rule following enactment of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule in 2013.

The notices can be displayed in offices and printed for patients. Now, ONC and OCR are looking for software developers to create on online privacy notice. The agencies have launched a Digital Privacy Notice Challenge with cash prizes: $15,000 for first place, $7,000 for second place and $3,000 for third place. The goal is to have an online notice “that is compelling, readable and understandable by patients, and easily integrated into Web sites,” according to an explanation of the challenge.

The submission period is now open with a deadline of April 7. Criteria for winning submissions include accurate use of content from the paper notice, use of best practices in presenting Web content, visual appeal, and the ability for a provider to customize content and link to other relevant content. Winning entries will be licensed for use by all stakeholders. More information is available here.

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