Mobile health application developer GenieMD, Pleasanton, Calif., has won first place in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Blue Button Co-Design Challenge. The purpose of the challenge was to engage developers and patients to increase the number of priority patient-facing applications able to receive clinical data via Blue Button Direct. GenieMD developed an app that helps users diagnose symptoms, find nearby providers, or learn more about medical conditions and living healthy. The secure GenieMD Health Profile includes features to create a comprehensive health summary, help manage treatment, and monitor the health of a loved one.

GenieMD users can now automatically add their medical records to their health profile using Blue Button Direct. The records from Blue Button+ are sent in a machine-readable format, allowing the app to parse the data and present it to the patient in an actionable way. The need for manual data entry is reduced and the user can combine clinical data with self-reported data to have a holistic view of their health.

GenieMD's objective is to empower consumers to take a more active role in their healthcare, with a particular focus on supporting individuals with chronic conditions, those on multiple medications, and those who see multiple providers. These patients and their families are often left solely responsible for coordinating care and adhering to treatment plans outside of the doctor's office or hospital.

"We launched the patient Co-Design Challenge by crowdsourcing the priority ways that patients and caregivers want to use their Blue Button health data," Rebecca Mitchell Coelius, M.D., ONC's medical officer for innovation, said in a statement announcing the winner. "We heard loud and clear that it can be extremely challenging to keep track of – not to mention keep up with – your healthcare when you have a complex illness or many different conditions, but accessing and better understanding personal health data could help. The winning product wowed both our judging panel and the thousands of people who participated in crowd voting."

 

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