The first place team received a $3,000 prize and demonstrated SleepBot on June 9 during the plenary session of the Health Data Initiative Forum, a gathering of health leaders, software engineers, and IT developers to accelerate the public use of health data and spur innovation to improve individual and community health. The Freebee and IMPAct teams received $2,000 and $1,000 respectively and displayed their winning technologies in the forum’s exhibit hall. The forum, hosted by IOM and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promoted interaction among health and data experts and explored topics related to the application of health information. Several companies and organizations announced new challenges and other initiatives. More information on the forum is available at www.iom.edu/healthdataforum.
“We are delighted to showcase the ingenuity and talent of these future health, engineering, and IT professionals who have transformed raw health data into innovative, health-promoting products,” said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg.
“The winning teams show the power of collaboration to tackle serious health issues and promote healthy habits by harnessing new technologies,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “We congratulate the winners and all the teams who responded to the challenge with such enthusiastic creativity and skill.”
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