Introduction

Inspire others to be more engaged in their medication management, using consumer e-health tools and other health IT. Create a video and tell us your story!

Keep things simple — each video should focus on a personal story explaining how technology helped improve medication management, and must encourage viewers to visit www.healthIT.gov to learn more.

To get started, check out these inspiring stories about the power of health IT to transform care, and review the requirements and ideas below. NOTE: these are professionally produced videos intended only as examples of compelling ways health IT changed lives.

Video Requirements

Please see the Official Rules for complete guidelines and requirements. Here is a summary of the key requirements:

  • All submissions must be in English
  • Videos must demonstrate health information technology that can be used to support effective medication management.
  • All submissions must encourage people to visit www.HealthIT.gov for more information
  • Videos should be concise and must be no longer than 2 minutes
  • Participants may submit multiple videos
  • 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.
  • All individuals who appear in the video (regardless of age) must complete and sign the Video Consent Form. If children under the age of 18 appear in the video, each child’s parent or guardian must fill out and sign the form. Signatures must be handwritten and scanned consent forms should be combined into one file and uploaded to the challenge site.

Restrictions

  • The video cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion or contest of any kind, or previously exhibited or displayed publicly through any means.
  • The video should not include any personal identification information about those in the video (e.g., name, address, social security number, etc.).
  • The Video may mention a commercial business, industry name, brand name, product placement or other trademark only for the purpose of describing how information technology can be used to support medication management. Videos that are overly promotional may be disqualified.

Videos that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to enter the contest. The posting of videos is at the discretion of the judges; there is no guarantee that all submissions will be posted on the challenge website.

Making a Video

There are three steps to creating your video:

Step 1: Identify your story

Make it personal, relevant and realistic. Be genuine and share a personal story about medication management involving you or a friend or loved one or your patients (if you’re a provider). How was technology used?

Step 2: Learn about health IT.
Learn how information technology can be used to help you manage medications. You can share a story about using health IT to remind you when and how to take your medications, when to refill prescriptions, or prescribe or fill the right medications and dosage (if you’re a provider). Explore the world of health IT and e-health tools and see what’s available.

Health IT includes a broad array of technologies, such as remote monitoring devices, electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), e-prescribing, and personal e-health tools (health related web sites, mobile apps, online communities, email/text reminders and other software).

Whether you’re a consumer or a provider, your video should describe how information technology is used to support effective management of medications to improve patient health and safety.

Step 3: Film it.

Your video will be judged on a variety of criteria, so you can make it stand out in different ways. The most important thing is to make it compelling, inspiring and instructive!

The quality and polish of your video is only one aspect of the competition. The best videos will tell a compelling story that inspires others and helps them improve their care with more effective medication management. You can use anything from a webcam to a Hollywood production company to make your video. When you’re finished filming and editing, upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo. Here are a few resources to help:

Use your webcam to record a video on YouTube
Digital video tips from O’Reilly Media
Video tutorials from MediaCollege.com