You read the headline correctly. The Department of Health and Human Services is launching a contest to address Information Technology (IT) challenges moving into 2012. If your video is selected you can win five thousand smackers. According to the HHS Website:
“The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced today a nationwide, open call for entries in the Healthy New Year Video Challenge, highlighting personal stories of patients and families using health technology to improve health. The video challenge, launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), kicks off the first in a series of consumer video contests in 2012 as a way to engage consumers to integrate technology into their health care.”
And handling it in the communtarian fashion it continues:
“The winning entries will be determined from public votes and a panel of judges will ultimately select the top winners in each category. ONC will award winners a portion of $5,000 in prize money and feature the videos on its consumer-facing website, www.HealthIT.gov, as a way to motivate and inspire everyone to use health information technology to be more engaged partners in improving health and health care.”
So hop on board and join in. It’s just another piece of pro-health care reform that needs not only your effort but your money. But here is the kicker, you have the opportunity to take more than you put in depending on how creative you are. Didnt Adams say something about being able to bribe people with their own money being the sign of the end of the republic? Ah who cares!! Greenbacks baby!! Go get yours even though it was once mine and my neighbors’.