TBG / CGI Named Winner of the Health 2.0 Online Developer Challenge
TBG (The Berndt Group), a Baltimore, Maryland-based full service interactive agency, announced that it is the 2010 winner of Health 2.0's Challenge for Consumer Apps to Visualize Health Care Quality Measures.
TBG partnered with CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB; TSX: GIB.A), on this project. The challenge, supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was designed to spur innovation in creating easy-to-use applications to help Americans make decisions about their healthcare.
Selected from a broad set of industry submissions, TBG and CGI created a Web and mobile-based hospital "compare" application (app) as part of an overall Healthcare Quality system. The hospital compare app allows consumers to personalize their searches of the government's data and then evaluate hospitals based on the quality measures important to them. Consumers can filter search results by ratings or directly compare several facilities. The mobile app also includes a feature showing emergency room wait times, contact information, and driving directions.
"The need for innovation in health IT has never been greater—for patients, physicians, hospitals, and insurers—to help all Americans make better, more informed choices," said Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice-President, CGI. Innovation must occur faster and with more agility—something for which technology companies—like CGI—are famous. We are proud that our work on this challenge has been recognized by Health 2.0, an organization founded on the idea that patients can use new tools to guide their own care."
TBG / CGI team will donate the $2,500 cash prize to the American Heart Association (AHA). CGI is in its second year as an AHA Healing Heart Society Champion, which includes a special campaign to recognize military "heart hero" physicians for their service.
CGI will present its solution at the Health 2.0 Conference from March 21–22, 2011 in San Diego, Calif. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in healthcare, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. The next Health 2.0 conference is on October 7-8 in San Francisco, the culmination of Health Innovation Week.
"We've been extremely active in online healthcare since the dawn of the Web, and winning this extremely competitive award is very confirming of the practice we've built. It came on the heels of getting to work on some of the largest government websites and Web applications—what more could we ask for!" commented John Berndt, President and CEO.
About The Web Health Awards
The National Health Information Awards program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. Other HIRC products and services include the National Health Information Awards, National Women's Health & Fitness Day, and Family Health & Fitness Day USA, and professional reference books. Hundreds of local, state and national health-related organizations and companies enter the competition. Recent winners have included AARP, Aetna, American Academy of Pediatrics, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, CDC, CVS/Caremark, DaVita, Digitas Health, Everyday Health, Girl Scouts, Hospitals and Health Systems, Humana, Mayo Clinic, Medicare (CMS), NIH, Quintiles, State and Local Health Departments, Staywell, UnitedHealthcare, WebMD and more.
TBG (The Berndt Group) is an award-winning, national digital agency focused on meaningful digital transformations that combine leading user experience, implementation of platforms and automation, improved digital operations, and the adoption of best practices around personalization and user engagement. We are a leading Sitecore Gold partner, with 10+ years of experience developing major digital ecosystems on Sitecore. Our well-known clients span a wide range of sectors, with a high concentration in healthcare, financial services, and direct-to-consumer markets.