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ONC Seeks Online Generator for Health IT Privacy Info

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched a prize challenge to create an online generator that would help health information technology developers provide privacy policy notices on health IT products.

The Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge calls for designers, developers and health data experts to build a web-based tool to generate a Model Privacy Notice, the Department of Health and Human Services said Dec. 14.

HHS said an MPN can work to help medical technology developers who collect digital health data to give users information on privacy and security policies.

Interested parties must submit a code for an open-source online tool that can be used to generate customized privacy notices from an application or other consumer health technology, according to the department.

The privacy notices should inform and educate users on how the app or technology uses their personal health data, HHS added.

Participants must also perform consumer tests of the final customizable MPN created through their generators.

The challenge will leverage ONC-developed content that underwent informal consumer tests and received feedback from the Federal Trade Commission, HHS’ office for civil rights and public and private stakeholders.

The first place winner will receive $20,000 while the second and third place winners will respectively earn $10,000 and $5,000.

ONC will accept submissions through April 10, 2017 and unveil the winners in May or June.

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