California Innovation Challenge Aims to Improve Community Health

The community of open data developers and non-tech thinkers both are encouraged to participate.

by News staff, TechWire / August 14, 2015

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced this week the Let’s Get Healthy California “Innovation Challenge” toward improving community health.

Through Sept. 30, the state is accepting submissions in the six Let’s Get Healthy California goal areas: Healthy Beginnings, Living Well, End of Life, Redesigning the Health System, Creating Healthy Communities and Lowering Cost of Care.

The community of open data developers and non-tech thinkers both are encouraged to participate.

Finalists will be selected from each of the six categories, and will be featured on the Let’s Get Healthy California online portal launching in 2016. Data-focused innovations also will be showcased at the statewide Open Data Fest in spring 2016.

“This Innovation Challenge allows people to think outside of the traditional public health framework to create innovative solutions that support the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH director and state health officer. “We hope that these ideas will launch Californians on a path to living healthier lives.”

In 2012, Gov. Brown issued an executive order to create the Let’s Get Healthy California Taskforce with the goal of making California the healthiest state in the nation by 2022.

To submit an innovation, or for more information regarding Let’s Get Healthy California and the Innovation Challenge, visit the California Health and Human Services Agency Let’s Get Healthy website or email Innovate@chhs.ca.gov and LGHC@cdph.ca.gov.

This article originally appeared on TechWire.

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