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HIMSS Part of NHIT Collaborative for Underserved Challenge to Develop Precision Medicine Tools

As part of the federal Precision Medicine Initiative, organizations are being asked to find new and innovative ways to utilize health IT to support care, research, and outcomes improvements.  An important step is engaging all communities in the potential Precision Medicine can have on individuals and the general population. 

This week, HIMSS joined with the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved and its partners to announce the “Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools” Challenge at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference.

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the $30,000 challenge is a first-of-its-kind initiative to inspire and fund entrepreneurs building digital health tools that:

  • Address the Precision Medicine needs of people in underserved and medically underserved communities
  • Facilitate participation of people from underserved and medically underserved communities to the Precision Medicine cohort
  • Promote the use of open health platforms to expand the breadth, depth and interoperability of digital health tools and associated data to support the Precision Medicine Initiative

Semi-finalists are likely to be identified at HIMSS16 in March 2016.  For more information, visit www.PMIChallenge.org.