UCLA Backs $100,000 mHealth Prize Challenge

This week, Heritage Provider Network, The University of California Los Angeles, and Open mHealth announced the launch of a $100,000 mobile apps health prize challenge.

The latest in a recent string of high profile open competitions to mHealth tech developers and entrepreneurs, The Heritage Open mHealth challenge similarly encourages teams to create mobile applications using the Open mHealth architecture.

UCLA’s involvement stems from its professed dedication to mobile health.

“We are at an incredible time in the history of medicine. Combining technology with new understandings of disease and human behavior affords us a wonderful opportunity. The Heritage Open mHealth challenge has the potential to be a real game changer,” says David Feinberg, the CEO of the UCLA Health System.

The use of an open architecture overcomes inherent limitations created by dissimilar mobile health applications that cannot communicate with one another.

“In bringing mobility together with Open mHealth’s open architecture, the contest is exciting on multiple smart healthcare IT fronts,” adds Jim Davis, UCLA’s Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Academic Technology Officer. “It will produce mobile applications that address new models of meaningful, self-delivered health care; it will show how open architecture and mobility combine to open untapped heath care insights; and it will demonstrate how an open architecture facilitates a broad base of innovation.”

To learn more, or to get involved, check out the challenge website located here.

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