Records for Life Contest by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $50,000 Prize

Deadline: November 15, 2013

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking help to redesign the look and feel of child health records. A redesigned health record will not only increase accuracy but also make medical records easier to interpret and use. They are looking for innovative ideas that will improve the child health record; strengthen information systems; and empower health workers and families to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases and ultimately save lives.

Prizes and Awards

  1. The foundation will recognize the top entries – selected by a panel including Melinda Gates, Robert Fabricant, Dr. Margaret Chan (Director General, World Health Organization), Tony Lake (Executive Director, UNICEF), and Dr. Walt Orenstein (Professor of Medicine, Emory University) — with awards of up to $50,000.
  2. Top designs may be piloted in as many as ten countries by 2018.

There will also be recognition in three additional categories that seek to address some specific design challenges with current child health records:

  • Ease of adding new information to the card
  • Digital transition: Visualizing data
  • Digital transition: Retroactive data entry

Eligibility and Criteria

  • The contest is open to all individuals from all sectors (for-profits, Non-Governmental Organizations, governments, universities, etc.) and all levels of expertise (students, professors, frontline workers, CEOs, etc.).
  • Submissions can come from individuals or teams of individuals.
  • Submissions must include a cover letter, a prototype of the redesigned child health record and an accompanying narrative that articulates how the prototype design would help ensure that the child health record fulfills the five functions as described above.

Judging Criteria

The submissions will be evaluated by a judging panel of design and immunization experts, as well as parents and health workers in a series of focus groups. The evaluation will be based on the following characteristics:

  • Clarity of the design
  • Adaptability of the card
  • Perceived value to caregivers
  • Perceived value to health workers
  • Durability of the card

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