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IOM challenges students: 'Go Viral to Improve Health'

January 31, 2012

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

Washington —Transform health data into mobile apps, online tools or games or other innovative products to solve vexing health problems.

The Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Engineering challenge undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees toward careers in health, engineering and computer science to register multidisciplinary teams by Feb. 10 "to use health data to develop effective, innovative apps that take on the nation's pressing health issues."

"With an abundance of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) data and other health data available as part of the public-private Health Data Initiative (HDI), students have an unprecedented opportunity to create interactive apps and other tools that engage and empower people in ways that lead to better health," the announcement said. "Working in interdisciplinary teams that meld technological skills with health knowledge, the IOM and NAE believe that college students can generate exciting and powerful new products - the next 'viral' apps - to improve health for communities and individuals."

Winning teams and technologies will be honored at the June 5-6 Health Data Initiative Forum in the nation's capital.