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Sunday, 09 December 2012 23:54

Foundation issues challenge to mHealth app developers

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The potential role of apps to improve the quality of health care is evidenced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s willingness to put up $200,000 to reward app developers who come up with the best games.

The Princeton, N.J.-based foundation will give $100,000 to the winner, $50,000 to second place and $25,000 to the third-place app in its Games to Generate Data Challenge.

The competition seeks to spur creation of an app that applies quality data to improve health and care.

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“Early research consistently indicates that well-designed and well-implemented games can motivate and support prevention, lifestyle behavior change, self-care, clinical care, adherence to treatment plans, and self-management of chronic conditions,” the foundation said in a news release.

“We’re looking for some epic wins with this Game Challenge,” said Michael Painter, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Improving community health care is difficult work in the real world. It takes a range of skills, knowledge, and intense collaboration. A game approach could help players learn about collaborating to improve health care. Good games can prompt us to engage in good causes, learn new behaviors and skills, and make a range of decisions to win.”

The foundation initiated the competition as part of its Alignment Forces for Quality Initiative in 16 communities across the country, including Grand Rapids.

The competition will occur in two phases: An ideation phase where app developers submit concepts; and the other with the top five teams then developing a working game app. The deadline for entries is Jan. 27. The foundation will select winners in September.

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