Winning ideas in smarter healthcare: Coming to a city near you?

Wed, 2014-01-22 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

Smarter healthcare is coming – in some cases, it's just a matter of when. For example, last week we told you about conflicting laws that are holding back innovative "telehealth" solutions and why Congressional efforts to correct the situation is good news for smart cities. Below you'll read more evidence of how the intersection of technology and healthcare can bring improved outcomes for city residents.

The Knight Foundation, in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, the Clinton Foundation and the Health Data Consortium, recently awarded $2.2 million to seven winners in a challenge promoting innovation in healthcare using data and technology. More than 700 entries were received.

Here's a snapshot of the winning entries, as described by Government Technology:

  • Camden Health Explorer from the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers was awarded $450,000 to create an interactive dashboard with real-time healthcare enrollment costs and statistics.
  • Crisis Text Line from, won $350,000 to provide youth with free crisis counseling through text messages and live referral services from counselors.
  • Homebrew Sensing Project by Public Laboratories for Open Technology and Science received $350,000 to provide low-cost chemical analysis tools so residents can track hazardous chemicals.
  • Ohana API from Code for America was awarded $210,000 to build an open source app that to connect the public with community resources through a centralized social service database.
  • Open Humans Network from, received $500,000 to develop an online portal to connect people willing to share personal health information with researchers to advance medical breakthroughs.
  • Positive Deviance Journalism from the Solutions Journalism Network was awarded $180,000 to organize a collaboration between newsrooms and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to supply data for journalistic efforts.
  • SafeUseNow project from Principled Strategies received $208,000 to spearhead an effort to use data as a way to identify and prevent incidents of prescription drug abuse through tracking.


Learn more about the intersection of smart healthcare and smart cities in the Smart Cities Readiness Guide (one-time free registration required).