There are not many things more important than finding a good doctor, and at the same time it can be extremely difficult to find one unless you have lots of friends to ask, or have just had the same doctor your whole life. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is asking developers to create an app for just that purpose.
Their Aligning Forces Challenge asks developers to, “develop an application that helps patients access better health care using publicly available inpatient and outpatient measures of health care quality from the Aligning Forces program.”
We use the internet and our cell phones for getting reviews on restaurants, cars, and pretty much everything else in our lives, so why not healthcare? It actually surprises me that there isn’t already a well developed app for this very purpose. There are obviously the types of reviews that people put on Yahoo and other such sites, but to have an app that is based on real data and not just a personal opinion would be quite valuable in finding a quality healthcare provider.
This is by far the most money I have seen in an app development competition which says there must be a real need/market for it, and that it should attract some quality talent. But like most things that are still in development, who knows how long it will be before we actually see it on the market?