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[ Participants | Object of the Games | Who Can Enter | Types of Applications | Judging and Prizes | Evaluation Guidelines | Judges | Guidance for Awardees ]

About the Technology Games

The Technology Games is the premier competition and leading opportunity for developers of interactive health communication applications (e.g., health Web sites, health-related CD-ROMs/DVDs) to gain valuable feedback on and recognition for their innovative programs. This will be the fourth time that the Partnerships Technology Games has brought together some of the leading developers and vendors of interactive health applications to demonstrate their work to an expert panel of judges and meeting participants, including health professionals, business executives, policymakers, and prominent public figures.

Object of the Games
The primary objective of the Games is to promote development of high quality applications by providing developers with valuable feedback from experts and potential users, and to highlight high-quality applications.

The Games also serve to educate the public, health professionals, purchasers of health services and products, and the media about the variety of interactive applications available to improve health. The Games allow developers to engage experts and conference attendees within the context of a friendly, informal competition. Each participant will set up a computer and monitor and invite people to "test drive" the applications. Up to two separate applications can be entered into the Games per company/organization. If two applications are entered, it is strongly encouraged that you provide two computers/monitors to display them simultaneously on your table. Computer technicians will be available to assist Games participants with their Internet connections if needed.

Ample time will be set aside during the conference for attendees to try out the applications. A panel of experts in interactive health communication will evaluate all entries, provide constructive feedback, and select the outstanding entries. There will also be awards based on the popular vote of meeting attendees. All winners of the Games and other entries will be featured on the Partnerships 2000 Web site. 

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Who Can Enter
Everyone is encouraged to enter the Games: companies, universities, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and individuals. Nonprofit organizations and public agencies may register at a reduced rate. To encourage broad participation, only one table per company or organization is allowed.

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Types of Applications
All kinds of interactive health communication applications that focus on consumers, patients, caregivers, and/or health professionals are welcome. Applications that involve any aspect of public health, clinical care, and consumer/preventive health are encouraged. Types of suitable applications include:

  • Health Information (e.g., general and "tailored" information applications that provide user-specific information)
  • Decision Support (e.g., shared clinical decisionmaking, guides for making health decisions)
  • Peer and Emotional Support (e.g., online support networks)
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (e.g., beneficiary/employee wellness modules, health risk appraisals)
  • Self-Care, Condition Management, and Diagnostic Support (e.g., symptom management and triage, home health, remote management of health conditions)
  • Clinical Care Provider-Patient Communication/Telemedicine (e.g., systems that facilitate clinical advice, provider consultation, provider-patient e-mail)
  • Patient Interfaces to Health Records (e.g., patient centered electronic health records)
  • Public Health/Population-Based Applications (e.g., applications that provide public health-related information/advice to the public or health professionals)
  • Specific Population Groups (e.g., applications for persons with physical disabilities, the elderly or children, specific underserved populations)

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Judging and Awarding of Prizes Totaling $5,000
Judges and conference participants will be provided with general guidelines for evaluating an application. 
The following are examples of award categories. Judges will determine the number and nature of these and other awards, given to recognize outstanding applications with regard to other attributes (e.g., innovation, use of new technology, addressing special populations or needs). Meeting participants will also cast their vote for the best applications. 

  • Outstanding Quality Award
  • Improving Access and Eliminating Disparities Award
  • Improving Quality of Life Award
  • Full Disclosure Award
  • Popular Vote Award

Prizes will be announced during the Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, in the Exhibit Hall. For the first time, the sponsors are offering cash prizes to Games winners, totaling $5,000. Government agencies are not eligible for the cash prizes. All award decisions are final and the spirit of a friendly, unofficial competition is emphasized. 

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Guidance for Awardees
The awards given out during this conference do not imply endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Annenberg School for Communication or any sponsoring organization. Winners may not use their entrance or prize to imply any endorsement or formal award by any sponsoring organization. By entering the Games, all awardees agree not to state or imply such endorsement in any marketing materials. However, winners may use the following statement in their promotions: "Recognized as an outstanding application at the Partnerships 2000 Technology Games."   All Games participants and awardees will be featured on this Web site and are encouraged to create links to this site.

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Partnerships for Health in the New Millennium          January 24-28, 2000         Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Updated: 05/01/08