The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) invites consumers,
patients and healthcare providers to create short videos on how patients and physicians use health
IT tools to manage medications effectively or support individuals to take their medications as
directed, improving patient health and safety.The contest deadline is Oct. 1, and the top six
winners will split $7,000 in prizes. If you are a consumer or patient, you can participate by
creating a video demonstrating how you can use technology for medication management. For example,
you could describe:
•e-prescribing tools your provider uses to send your order directly to the pharmacy so it’s
ready when you arrive and to avoid potential medication errors from illegible handwriting on a
•electronic tools such as mobile apps that help you keep track of the medications you are
taking and when it’s time to take them, or that notify you when it’s time to refill a prescription
so you don’t run out of your meds
•emailing your provider in between visits to notify them you’ve stopped taking the medication
that was prescribed because of side effects
•logging on to your provider’s portal and viewing your list of medications on file and sending
a request to update the list to reflect which meds you are no longer taking or may have been
prescribed by another doctor.
If you are a health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse or pharmacist, you can also participate
by demonstrating how you use health information technology (health IT), such as e-prescribing and
electronic health record systems, to support prescribing patients the right medications and dosage,
and to prevent drug-drug interactions.
There are serious consequences for patients and their families from not taking medications as
prescribed. This is especially the case for people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes for
whom not taking medications results in greater risk of hospitalization and 50-85% higher mortality.
Taking the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time can alleviate symptoms, delay disease
progression and prevent complications.
BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds encourages healthcare professionals and community groups to foster patient–professional communication about medicines. However, BeMedWise does not supervise or endorse the activities of any group or professional. Discussion and action concerning medicines are solely the responsibility of the patient and their healthcare professionals, and not BeMedWise.
Please consult a licensed health care professional with questions or concerns about your medication and/or condition.