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Two new contests will reward videographers who succeed in using their medium to change public opinion about health-related technology.

Contestants have until Aug. 15 to produce a video that raises awareness about telehealth and until Aug. 20 to submit a video touting the benefits of electronic health records (EHR).

The Telehealth Challenge: August 15 Deadline

“Expect Telemedicine Because Telemedicine Works” is the theme of a video contest sponsored by the American Telehealth Association (ATA). According to the ATA website, submissions should be 30 to 60 seconds in length and should either:

  • Evoke consumer awareness, interest and demand for telemedicine services so that they will help promote its growth and use; or 
  • Promote the value of telemedicine to hospital and health system administrators to encourage their adoption of telemedicine.

The ATA Video Award Committee will evaluate all submissions based on quality, narrative, presentation style and relevancy to telemedicine. Special consideration will go to submissions presented in a creative, original or humorous way, as well as real health care stories with a focused personal narrative.

Deadline for the ATA contest is Aug. 15 and winners will be announced on Sept. 10. The Video Award Committee will present 6 prizes totaling $14,000. In addition, ATA members will vote for their favorite videos from a group of 10 semi-finalists. The top 2 vote-getters will each receive a $1,000 prize.

The EHR Challenge: Aug. 20 Deadline

What’s in Your Health Record? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) would like consumers around the country to start asking that question after viewing the winning videos in its latest technology challenge. ONC hopes submissions will send 2 clear messages:

  • Patients have a legal right to access their EHRs. 
  • Being informed and involved in their health records can help patients improve their overall health.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to submit short videos sharing their personal stories about how they improved the overall quality of their health care by obtaining a copy of their health record and actively examining the information it contained. 

Deadline for the competition is Aug. 20. Six awards totaling $7,200 will be announced on Sept. 20.