Why is the ONC holding the Managing Meds Video Challenge?

Engaging consumers and patients in their health and health care is a critical step toward achieving the goals laid out in the National Quality Strategy of a better quality health care system that is designed to meet the needs of patients and families. Individuals have a greater impact than anyone else on their own health, which they shape every day through personal decisions and behaviors. Recognizing the importance of health IT for greater patient and family engagement, ONC’s Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 states as one of its five goals: “Empower Individuals with Health IT to Improve their Health and the Health Care System”. ONC is working to achieve this goal by improving consumer access to their electronic health information, spurring the development of tools to make that information actionable, and shifting attitudes so people feel comfortable using new tools and health information to be better partners in their own health care.

The Managing Meds Video Challenge asks consumers and healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurses, or pharmacists, to create inspiring and instructive videos that will motivate and inspire others to use health information technology to support effective medication management, leading to improved health and safety.

Patients and consumers can participate by showcasing how they use health IT tools that improve medication adherence by reminding them when to refill their prescriptions, take meds on time and how to take meds as directed.
Health care providers can participate by demonstrating how they use health IT, such as e-prescribing and electronic health record systems, to support prescribing the right medications and dosage, prevent drug-drug interactions, and help patients take their medications as directed.

The Managing Meds Video Challenge is part of a series of 2012 Health IT Video contests. Throughout the year, we’ll be asking the public to share stories about how health technology has had a positive impact on their lives or the lives of loved ones. Future challenges will highlight using heath information technology (health IT) to manage cancer treatment and transitional care effectively and support the role of caregivers in caring for their loved ones.

What are the criteria for the winning submissions?

Your submission should consist of a video no longer than 2 minutes, a text description of how you can use health IT to manage medications effectively, and a transcript of words spoken or sung in the video. The HHS panel of judges will select the winners based on the quality of the idea (including relevance and originality of your use of health IT); implementation of the idea (including elements such as relevance and originality of your use of technology); and the potential impact on health IT adoption (including whether the video is compelling, inspiring, instructive and easy to follow so that others can perform similar activities using health IT).

Submissions that contain inappropriate content or consist of someone else’s work will be disqualified. Please see the Official Rules for further details.

Who is eligible to enter the competition?

The Managing Meds Video Challenge is open to individuals over the age of 18, as well as teams of individuals over the age of 18, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and its territories.

Team members must be at least 18, but your video can include minors under 18 as long as the necessary consent forms are provided. (“Team members” do not include people who appear in the video but don’t make any other contributions to the submission.) For details on eligibility, review the Official Rules.

Release/consent forms are required for everyone who appears in the video, regardless of age. If your video features children (minors under 18), a parent or legal guardian must sign the consent form.

How do I enter?

To enter, you must do the following:

1. Create an account on ManageMeds.Challenge.gov or log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
2. On ManageMeds.Challenge.gov, click “Accept this challenge” to indicate your interest in participating. This step ensures that you will receive important challenge updates.
3. Create a video and ensure the following (please read the Official Rules for complete requirements):

  • Your video must demonstrate health information technology that can be used to improve medication management.
  • Your video encourages viewers to visit www.HealthIT.gov
  • Your video is no longer than 2 minutes
  • Confirm that you have read and agreed to the Official Rules. Submit your video by including a title; a link to the video on YouTube.com or Vimeo.com; a text description of how you can use health IT to support effective medication management; and a transcript of the words spoken in the video. Upload consent forms for everyone who appears in your video, regardless of age.

What format or file type should I use for my submission?

  • Your video should be uploaded to YouTube.com or Vimeo.com. Paste the link in the Video field on the submission page.
  • Enter a text description of how you can use health IT to support effective medication management in the Description field on the submission page.
  • To submit consent forms, you must first print out the forms and sign them by hand — typed names will not be accepted as signatures. Scan your signed forms and combine them into one file (ZIP, PDF, doc; any single file). Upload one file on the submission page.

How does public voting work?

Visitors to the site can vote for as many submissions as they like, but no more than once for each submission. At the end of the public voting period, the votes will be tallied and verified to determine a Popular Choice Prize winner.

What will ONC and ChallengePost do with my submission?

ONC and ChallengePost will have the right to display and publicize your submission to the public on the challenge.gov website, HealthIT.gov web site –ONC’s one stop shop for consumer related information about health IT— and partner sites. They will also be allowed to publicize your name in connection with the submission and the challenge.

Can more than one person work on a submission and receive credit for it? And if the submission wins a prize, how will the prize money be split among the creators?

Yes, teams are encouraged. If a team of individuals is selected as a prize winner, the prize will be awarded to the lead representative of the team (the person who entered the submission). It will be up to the team leader to reallocate the prize money among the team members identified at the time of submission.

Can I enter more than one submission?

Yes. There is no limit to how many times an eligible person or team may enter. An individual may also join more than one team.

How do I follow the Managing Meds Video Challenge and get updates?

Sign up on the challenge website and click “Follow” or “Accept this challenge” to receive email updates. Follow us on Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Managing Meds Video Challenge?

Email us at Support@ChallengePost.com