Health Tech Hatch Chosen As Test Platform For Mobile App Challenge

Eric Wicklund | mHIMSS | December 18, 2012

A California-based crowdfunding and development resource for mHealth entrepreneurs has been selected to provide the testing platform for the Mobile App Challenge.

Health Tech Hatch, based in Larkspur, Calif., and launched in October, was chosen by federal officials to test mobile apps that are being designed to help the public access customized decision support for preventive services and wellness information from The contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, with assistance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health 2.0.

“Supporting innovations that will actually be used by people to improve health is a shared mission among Hatch, HHS and Health 2.0, and is the inspiration behind Hatch's testing platform,” said Patricia Salber, CEO of Health Tech Hatch, in a press release. “We are proud to be a part of the first phase of the challenge, in which developers will submit working mobile app prototypes, along with documentation and evidence of public feedback via Health Tech Hatch. Developers are permitted to crowdfund their projects, although it is not required.”