HHS Holding Video Contest on Accessing Medical Records

The contest seeks videos on how checking health records can help patients obtain the best care
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The contest seeks videos on how checking health records can help patients obtain the best care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is holding its third video contest of 2012 with the latest focused on how attention to medical records can improve overall health.

On July 10, 2012, HHS posted a Federal Register notice—Announcement of Requirements and Registration for What’s In Your Health Record Video Challenge—which is “an open call for the public to create and submit short, compelling videos sharing how getting access to your health record and checking the information can help make sure you or your loved one get the best care.”

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-191) privacy rule, patients and their families have a legal right to see and obtain a copy of their health record from most doctors, hospitals and other health-care providers, such as pharmacies and nursing homes, as well as from their health plans, HHS says. Patients can use that information to better understand their health, to coordinate their care with other health-care providers or to help identify possible errors or omissions in their medical records, the agency says.

To encourage patients to review their medical records, HHS is sponsoring the “What’s In Your Health Record Video Challenge,” which is the third in a series of Health information technology (IT) video contests that are scheduled for 2012. The video contests seeks stories from the public about the benefits of health-information technology while encouraging individuals to play a more active role in their health, HHS says.

Each video contest will be a call for the public to create a short video clip—two minutes or less—on a particular topic and will award cash prizes to winners in several categories. Potential contestants have to meet eligibility requirements. Those requirements are:

  • Contestants shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by HHS
  • Contestants shall have complied with all the contest requirements
  • In the case of a private entity, contestants shall be incorporated in, and maintain a primary place of business, in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, the contestant shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Contestants may not be a federal entity or a federal employee acting within the scope of their employment
  • Contestants shall not be an HHS employee working on their applications or submissions during assigned duty hours
  • Employees of HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are prohibited from competition
  • Federal grantees may not use federal grant funds to develop contest applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award
  • Federal contractors may not use federal funds from a contract to develop contest applications or to fund efforts in support of a video submission

Six cash prizes will be awarded. The prizes and amounts are:

  • First prize, $3,00
  • Second prize, $2,000
  • Third prize, $1,000
  • Popular Choice Award, $700
  • Two Honorable Mention prizes, of $250 each

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 20, 2012.

Click here to access the What’s In Your Health Record Video Challenge website.