Always dreamed of acting on the big screen? Longed to see your name up in lights? Then you’ll be interested in a new technology challenge from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

The Managing Meds Video Challenge invites you to create short, inspiring videos of no more than 2 minutes. Each video should share a personal story about how you use technology to manage medications.

Deadline for video submissions is Oct. 1.

Challenge for Providers

Providers and family caregivers can submit videos about how they use technology to help loved ones, residents or clients take their medications as directed. For example, providers could demonstrate how they use health information technology (HIT) tools to support medications management and prevent drug interactions.

Those tools might include:

  • E-prescribing.
  • Secure messaging.
  • Electronic health records systems.

Challenge for Residents and Clients

Residents and clients can star in videos about how technology tools help them take their medications effectively. For example, consumers could describe how they: 

  • Use mobile apps to keep track of the medications they are taking.
  • Log on to a provider's online portal to view and update their current medication list.
  • Email health providers in between visits to notify them about medication side effects.

Challenge Rules

You won’t need any special equipment to enter the Managing Meds Video Challenge. A standard video recorder or a phone with a video function will work just fine.

If you win, your story could appear on In addition, 6 winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $3,000 for first prize to $500 for honorable mention.

Staff from the Department of Health and Human Services will judge the videos based on the relevance and originality of technology use, video quality, and potential impact on HIT adoption.

Fourth in a Series

The Managing Meds Video Challenge is the fourth in a series of 2012 HIT video challenges designed to collect authentic personal stories from the public about the benefits of HIT.

“These stories are one way ONC is working to encourage individuals to play a more active role in their health through the use of health IT and consumer e-health tools,” says the challenge announcement.