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Amgen Foundation and Ashoka's Changemakers Announce Finalists in Patients | Choices | Empowerment Competition
Date:11/17/2010

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Amgen Foundation and Ashoka's Changemakers today announced ten finalists in the Patients | Choices | Empowerment competition and launched public online voting in search of the best innovative solutions that empower patients, elevate patients' voices, and improve health outcomes.

The ten finalists were selected by a panel of five distinguished judges from 277 entries received from 40 countries. Online voting continues through Dec. 1, 2010 to determine the winning innovations. The three finalists that receive the highest number of votes from the Changemakers.com community will each receive a $10,000 cash prize in unrestricted funding to support their projects.The expert panel of judges for this competition includes:

  • Albert Jovell, M.D., medical director, Joseph Laporte Foundation in Spain
  • Jesse Dylan, creative director of Lybba
  • Patricia Rutherford, vice president, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Judith Schaefer, MPH, research associate, MacColl Institute
  • Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, administrative director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center

  • "The Amgen Foundation is very encouraged by the response to the competition and examples of the knowledge and wisdom of current and past patients, leaders in health care, and advocates found in the entries," said Jean Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. "The solutions surfacing through the Patients | Choices | Empowerment competition allow patients to make informed decisions that improve their own quality of care and we look forward to the results of online voting."

    The ten finalists proposed a broad range for innovations that empower the patient and their support system to provide avenues for informed decisions, including:  

    1. CureTogether - Crowdsourced Patient Experienc
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