Introduction

Start taking control of your health care!

Tell us how you can use your health records to improve your quality of care. Have you accessed your, or a loved one’s, health record? Share a personal story, testimonial, or thoughtful idea explaining to others how you used your health record to increase your quality of care, or the care of a loved one.

Keep things simple — each video should focus on just one experience or idea and must encourage viewers to visit www.healthIT.gov to learn more.

To get started, check out these inspiring stories about the power of health IT to transform care, and review the requirements and ideas below. NOTE: these are professionally produced videos intended only as examples of compelling ways health IT changed lives.

Video Requirements

Please see the Official Rules for complete guidelines and requirements. Here is a summary of the key requirements:

  • All submissions must be in English
  • Videos should describe a specific example (personal story, experience, testimonial, or thoughtful idea) of the benefits of having access to your health record or that of a loved one
  • All submissions must encourage people to visit www.HealthIT.gov for more information and to ask their health care provider to see and get a copy of their medical record.
  • Videos should be concise and must be no longer than 2 minutes
  • Participants may submit multiple videos
  • Team members must be at least 18, but your video can include minors under 18 as long as the necessary consent forms are provided. (“Team members” do not include people who appear in the video but don’t make any other contributions to the submission.) For details on eligibility, review the Official Rules.
  • All individuals who appear in the video (regardless of age) must complete and sign the Video Consent Form. If children under the age of 18 appear in the video, each child’s parent or guardian must fill out and sign the form. Signatures must be handwritten and scanned consent forms should be combined into one file and uploaded to the challenge site.

Restrictions

  • The video cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion or contest of any kind, or previously exhibited or displayed publicly through any means
  • The video should not include any personal identification information about those in the video (e.g., name, address, social security number, etc.)
  • The Video may mention a commercial business, industry name, brand name, product placement or other trademark only for the purpose of describing how health records were used or will be used to improve care. Videos that are overly promotional may be disqualified
  • The video must comply with the Official Rules.

Videos that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to enter the contest. The posting of videos is at the discretion of the judges; there is no guarantee that all submissions will be posted on the challenge website.

Making a Video

There are three steps to creating your video:

Step 1: Define Your Story or Idea

Your story or idea should not only share your experience, but also encourage others to take action. Here are some tips for telling a story or sharing an idea that is compelling:

1. Be realistic — accessing your health records may have improved your quality of care in a number of ways (large or small). Don’t discount small improvements – they may resonate the most!

2. Make it personal – use a genuine story about your experience

3. Pick one story or idea to focus on per video

Step 2: Learn about your right to see and get a copy of your medical records and how you can use that information to be more engaged in your health and health care.

Click here to learn about your right to see and get a copy of your medical records (called the “right to access”), which is fundamental to your ability to play a more active role in your health and to making sure the information on file about you or your loved one is correct! Read the memo by the Office for Civil Rights about your right or watch a video that explains your right to access and correct your health information. Visit www.HealthIT.gov to find out how to access your record, what information an electronic health record (EHR) contains, and tools and resources to help you better manage your health using the information in your health record.

Step 3: Film It

The best videos will tell a compelling story that inspires others. You can use anything from a webcam to a Hollywood production company to make your video. When you’re finished filming and editing, upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo. Here are a few resources to help:

Use your webcam to record a video on YouTube

Digital video tips from O’Reilly Media

Video tutorials from MediaCollege.com

Don’t forget – your video will be judged on a variety of criteria, so you can make it stand out in different ways. The most important thing is to make it compelling!