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Health outcomes competition winners

The $10,000 winners of the Amgen Foundation's Patients, Choices, Empowerment competition have been announced

The Amgen Foundation and Ashoka's Changemakers have announced three winners in their Patients, Choices, Empowerment competition. The winners – who will each receive a $10,000 cash prize – were selected by the public for their innovative solutions that empower and elevate patients' voices to improve health outcomes.

Out of 10 finalists, the entries receiving the most votes in the Changemakers.com competition were: CureTogether - Crowdsourced Patient Experience, crowd-sourcing quantitative data to help patients make more informed choices about their healthcare; Educating Tuberculosis patients for excellent results, removing the stigma around tuberculosis and encouraging and supporting treatment, and SMS Now! A Life Depends on It, utilising the internet and mobile technology to connect volunteer blood donors with patients. All of these innovations demonstrate global solutions.

In addition to these main winners, selected entries may also be considered for additional grants totalling up to $1m from the Amgen Foundation.

"The Patients | Choices | Empowerment winners demonstrate that it is possible to create innovative tools and resources that empower patients and offer collaborative solutions at every stage of healthcare," said Jean Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. "This competition has helped to build a global community of innovators who are working to ensure that patients have an active role in their personal healthcare. We look forward to reviewing the entries to identify sustainable solutions that both the Amgen Foundation and other interested funders can support."

"The Patients | Choices | Empowerment competition uncovered ideas that help patients make decisions with confidence and clarity in concert with people who care and can help," said Diana Wells, president of Ashoka. "We are so pleased with the online community that joined the Changemakers platform, voted, and shared their feedback on these innovative solutions. We are also incredibly thankful to our expert judges and commentators who contributed to the creation of a rich, global dialogue on the important issues that ultimately resulted in the selection of three outstanding entries."

In addition to the $10,000 cash prizes, the three Patients | Choices | Empowerment competition winners will be featured on Changemakers.com as innovative ideas for empowering the patient and providing avenues for informed decisions.

8th December 2010

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