On Monday, July 18, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced Phase 1 winners of two challenges to make electronic health information easier to access and use for consumers and providers. The two challenges were announced at HIMSS16 and are designed to spur innovation for market-ready, user-friendly health technology apps for consumers and providers. The challenge is part of a three-part strategy designed to foster private sector innovation to help make health information available in user-friendly formats to enable consumers and providers to access and share health information. The Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge focuses on helping consumers get and use their health information and the Provider User-Experience Challenge focuses on improving user-experience and utility for providers.
The four winners of the Phase 1 ONC Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge who will receive a $15,000 award include: Green Circle Health; HealthCentrix; Medyear; and MetroStar Systems. Winners of the Phase 1 ONC Provider User Experience Challenge will also receive $15,000 and include: Herald Health; PHRASE Health; University of Utah Health Care/Intermountain Healthcare/Duke Health System; and WellSheet.
Both Challenges will now move to Phase 2 where a grand prize, second place prize, and an “Ultimate Connector” prize will be awarded, totaling a value of $100,000. Phase 2 submissions are now being accepted through November 7, 2016 and remain open to all potential applicants including those who did not enter Phase 1 of the Challenge. For more information, visit the ONC website.