Video Contest Touts the Benefits of Accessing Health Records

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched a contest challenging patients to create videos that illustrate the various benefits that come with accessing and reading one’s health records.

The “What’s in Your Health Record Video Challenge” offers a total of $7,200 in prizes for winning videos selected by a panel of Department of Health and Human Services judges.

The video must share a personal story or experience that illustrates how a patient’s care was improved through the access and use of their health records.

“The goal of this video contest is to illustrate specific benefits of having access to view the information in your health record and reviewing that information,” read a statement on the contest’s Web site. “We hope your stories will motivate and inspire others to ask to see their medical record and to use that information to improve their own care or the care of a loved one.”

Video topic examples suggested on the Web site included a video that shows how a patient spotted missing medication, allergy, or test results in their record, or a video that shows the personal benefits of having electronic access to a child’s health record through a patient portal.

The first place winner of the contest will receive $3,000, second place receives $2,000, third place receives $1,000; two honorable mentions receive $250; and a popular choice winner, voted on by online viewers, receives $700.

Video entries are due Aug. 20, and public voting for the popular choice video will take place between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5 on the video challenge Web site. Click here for more information on the contest.

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