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West Wireless Health Institute Awards $10K Developer Challenge at Health 2.0

The winner of the West Wireless Health Institute’s $10,000 Health 2.0 developer challenge integrates consumer devices with wireless capabilities – like Nintendo’s popular Wii balance board – and open source platforms to help people share real-time health data securely over their social networks. Applied personally, this just might help users achieve their health and fitness goals, keeping them motivated and engaged over the long haul.

The winner, announced at Health 2.0, was Alan Viars of Videntity. Viars, who lives in Baltimore, told WWHI that he designed a platform “that would allow users to customize, personalize and easily manage their personal health data in a fun, interactive way.”

With his solution, consumers could choose how they want to engage, whether it is through a medical device, a mobile phone, or a social network. Being able to manage weight, activity level, and blood pressure from anywhere, and then share that data across social platforms, motivates people to modify their behavior through networks that they are already using.

For WWHI, Viars’ solution embodied its mission – to lower health care costs by accelerating the availability of wireless health solutions. WWHI’s Health 2.0 challenge called on developers to design a low-cost, secure mechanism for incorporating real-time health data derived from wireless sensors into an established social network interface.

To learn more about the Institute and its challenge, visit http://www.westwirelesshealth.org/

Don Casey is CEO of West Wireless Health Institute.

Don Casey, CEO, West Wireless Health Institute on the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge

Don-casey cropped We spoke with Don Casey, CEO, West Wireless Health Institute about the institute's commitment to cost  effective solutions in health using wireless technology. But it's about more than just new sensors and devices. Don discusses the importance of mechanisms that will connect data from devices to social networking platforms so that the wireless revolution can be truly accelerated and applications built on top of social networking platforms can offer richer experiences. Listen as he describes their rationale for the Accelerating Wireless Health Adoption through a Standardized Social Network Platform and what's in it for the winner.

Interview with Don Casey, West Wireless Health Institute

Short answer, it's the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge's biggest prize to date, 10K! And a chance to showcase the solution at the Health 2.0 Conference this Fall.

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