Health: It's the next media frontier

Photo credit: Flickr user  Guy Mayer  (via Knight Blog)

Photo credit: Flickr user Guy Mayer (via Knight Blog)

The Knight Foundation has selected the next frontier for its Knight News Challenge: Health!

As Knight said in its announcement: 

"Health is a topic relevant to all of us. It’s an area where journalism, open data and public information become imminently relevant and useful to communities; where we have a direct, tangible opportunity to help people learn more and make smart choices through the use of technology and data."

As someone who grew up as a journalist — and since has spent more than 20 years trying to help reporters, editors and consumers understand health care — I see this as a project that can improve care and ultimately build healthier communities.

Information, technology and patient experience are rapidly converging in health care — and the Holy Grail will be a better informed and engaged patient and a healthier, more vibrant society.

This will be a project well worth following.

Knight will announce more specifics in August — on Twitter and on its News Challenge page.