Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
HomeAwardsDigital Media Award

NIHCM Foundation Digital Media Award

 digitalmedia image

The NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence. The three-year-old award carries a $10,000 prize and is judged by an independent panel of experts:

  • Julia Belluz,
  • Christopher J. Conover, Duke University
  • Austin Frakt, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Matthew Holt, The Health Care Blog
  • Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View
  • Michael Millenson, Health Quality Advisors LLC
  • Alan Murray, Time Inc. & Fortune
  • Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University

View Past Digital Media Award Winners View Last Year's Finalists

Digital Media Award News


We are now accepting submissions for the 3rd Annual Digital Media Award. Submit your best work from 2016 by February 15, 2017 using the online entry system.

Online Entry System FAQs

3rd Annual Digital Media Award Process



A $10,000 prize will be presented to the winner at a banquet in Washington, DC on June 5, 2017.


  • Entries must originally have been published in 2016.
  • Entry is limited to digital content produced specifically for an online audience, which may include video, graphics and/or multimedia.
  • Entries should not be largely the same as stories that ran in print publications or that were broadcast on television or radio.
  • Entries must examine issues related to health or the health care system.
  • Entries that express policy preferences will be considered only if supported with citation of empirical evidence.
  • Entries will be accepted from independent news sites, independent blogs, blogs or verticals associated with newspapers or journals, and blogs associated with universities or other organizations.


  • Deadline: February 15, 2017
  • Entry is free
  • Limit two entries per entrant
  • An entry can be a series of posts as long as the posts are
    • linked by topic
    • produced by the same author or by a collaborative team of authors
  • Each entry should include no more than four posts, which may be a sample of a more extensive published series. The judges may review additional posts at their discretion.

Enter Now  Frequently Asked Questions

Selection Criteria

  • Influential in terms of 1.) sparking policy change, 2.) broadly informing the public, and/or 3.) stimulating conversation on timely issues
  • Effective use of the unique powers and attributes of digital media
  • Logical, clear and insightful analysis
  • Uses credible evidence to substantiate ideas


  • Julia Belluz, Senior Health Correspondent,
  • Christopher J. Conover, Research Scholar, Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research, Duke University; contributor, The Apothecary, Forbes
  • Austin Frakt, Health Economist, Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University; Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, Harvard Kennedy School; Adjunct Senior Fellow, The Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania; Editor-in-Chief, The Incidental Economist; regular contributor, The Upshot, The New York Times
  • Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman, Health 2.0; Founder, The Health Care Blog
  • Megan McArdle, Columnist, Bloomberg View
  • Michael Millenson, President, Health Quality Advisors LLC; Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; contributor, Forbes & The Health Care Blog
  • Alan Murray, Chief Content Officer, Time Inc.; Editor-in-Chief, Fortune
  • Uwe Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University