The Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford Health System are co-sponsoring a technology challenge, looking for innovative health apps, wearable sensors and in-vehicle systems designed to extend healthcare IT to the confines of a car.

The Connected Health App Challenge, which is open to the employees of both companies, kicks off on January 20 and is an effort to target the automobile as a platform for expanding the boundaries of patient monitoring. Given the amount of time drivers spend behind the wheel, the organizers of the challenge believe vehicles are the perfect place from which to manage people’s health.

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