This week during National Health IT Week, the ONC announced GenieMD as the first place winner of the ONC’s Blue Button Co-Design Challenge. The challenge asked developers to create mobile health apps that utilize Blue Button + functionality to address patient problems.
The Pleasonton, CA based startup app manages all aspects of personal health including medication management, vitals, exercise tracking, nutrition and more.
The app also combines data from multiple providers through Blue Button +, including:
- patient-entered data
- data from smart devices, and
- content provided by Harvard Health Publications.
About Blue Button +
Blue Button + is a technology specification that allows patients to use third-party apps to download their health data from providers who have implemented the specification. Widespread adoption of Blue Button + by app developers and providers will make patient data much more accessible on their most frequently used devices while maintaining strict privacy and security of that data.
Humetrix took the second plane winner followed by Care Tracker finishing in third place.
Blue Button Co-Design Challenge Background
The Blue Button Co-Design Challenge was built around public feedback.
- The National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari announced this unique challenge at Health Datapalooza in June, then
- The public had two weeks to submit their ideas for app use cases and vote for their favorites.
- 2,914 votes were cast for 80 different ideas, with the winning idea coming from patient advocate Hugo Campos, also a board member for the Society for Participatory Medicine.
- Finally, a round of public voting was tallied and represents one-third of the calculation used to determine the winner.