Make 2012 a healthier new year!

Tell us about your New Year’s resolution to improve your health or the health of a loved one. How can you use technology to help make it happen? Share a realistic resolution and a practical technology tip for achieving the resolution and keeping it throughout the year. Get creative with your video!

Keep things simple — each video should focus on just one resolution and must encourage viewers to visit to learn more. ("Health IT" is pronounced Health-EYE-TEE.)

To get started, check out these inspiring stories about the power of health IT to transform care, and review the requirements and ideas below.

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 must contain only one (1) resolution related to improving your health or that of a loved one
  • Videos must show how you will use information technology to achieve your resolution
  • Videos must include a description of how you plan to maintain/keep your New Year's resolution
  • All submissions must encourage people to visit for more information ("Health IT" is pronounced Health-EYE-TEE.)
  • 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.


  • 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 must not contain more than one instance or mention of a commercial business, industry name, brand name, product placement or other trademark. Videos entered for the purpose of commercial promotion may be disqualified.
  • The video must comply with the Official Rules

Videos that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible for 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:

  1. Make a resolution. Make it personal, relevant and realistic. To achieve your resolution and inspire others, be genuine!
  2. Learn about health IT. Figure out how you can use information technology to help achieve your resolution. Don’t limit yourself to finding the perfect smartphone app (unless that fits your resolution). Explore the world of health IT and e-health tools and see what’s available.
  3. Film it. Whether it’s you talking on a webcam or a dance troupe performing in HD, create a video to share your resolution and how you’ll use health IT to make it happen.

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!

If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, here are some resources for each of the three steps above.

Step 1: Make a Resolution

Only you can decide on the right healthy New Year’s resolution for you. Here are some tips for making a resolution that’s attainable and part of a compelling video:

  • Be realistic — this is a resolution for 2012 that should be achievable within the year. This is not a competition to set the most ambitious goal.
  • Make it personal. Base your resolution on your wishes and goals for your own health or that of a loved one.
  • Choose a resolution that’s within your control to achieve
  • Pick one resolution to focus on per video
Step 2: Learn About Health IT

Health IT includes a broad array of technologies, such as electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), e-prescribing, personal e-health tools (health related web sites, mobile apps, online communities, email/text reminders and other software).

Start here to learn about the different types of health IT tools.

Your video should show how you’ll use a specific type of information technology to achieve your resolution.

Step 3: Film It

The quality and polish of your video is only one aspect of the competition. 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