UnitedHealthcare Holding Technology Contest With $60,000 Prize

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UnitedHealthcare is offering $60,000 as a top prize in its health-care technology contest for the best innovation that will improve the system of health care and help people live healthier lives.

It is billed as the “Breakthrough Health Tech Challenge,” and asks developers to come up with ideas for consumer technology, devices, video games, mobile phone apps or other ways that people can use technology to deal with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Last summer, Aetna held a similar contest in which the health insurer asked for health technology to better manage patients’ health and control costs. Aetna’s CarePass Medication Reminder Developer Challenge offered $75,000 to the first prize winner with the best app for reminding people to take their medications. Second prize was $25,000.

UnitedHealthcare CEO Gail Boudreaux said in a prepared statement: “We believe this groundbreaking challenge will inspire new ideas and concepts that could serve as breakthrough solutions to improving people’s health and the health care system. By engaging people from around the globe, we will be able to identify new thinking that focuses on solutions that promote health, prevent disease and improve medical care.”

The deadline is April 8. For details on the contest, visit www.ceshealth.com.

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