Yesterday, at the national conference of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligned Forces for Quality (AF4Q) program, 5 semi-finalists demonstrated their consumer healthcare applications to a panel of judges to compete for $130,000 in prizes. While we still need to wait another month for the results, the semi-finalists have all demonstrated very impressive solutions.
iHealth Ventures has a web and mobile solution to help consumers narrow down their choices of healthcare providers. It also provides an overview of regional quality for policy makers.
Flexis provides a patient engagement / communication solution called VoIDSPAN that is designed to help patients make informed choices.
AHEAD Research has an innovative symptom checker that gives potential diagnoses in terms of probabilities. It then recommends providers based on the diagnoses.
Vitality runs a very sleek search engine for healthcare providers. Quality measures are meshed up many other data sources including the provider's facebook page to provide a comprehensive view of the provider.
Ringful Health provides an in-hospital iPad solution to not only educate patients about care quality, but also collect real time satisfaction / quality information so that the patient can improve his or her own care.