ONC Announces New Health IT Safety-Focused Challenge Program

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced a new challenge to help simplify electronic health record (EHR) safety reporting.  The goal of ONC’s Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge is to help EHR users identify, document, and report a potential health IT safety issue when it happens. To meet this goal, ONC is challenging software developers to produce an application that will:

  • Integrate with an EHR’s workflow
  • Minimize the time and effort needed to create a report (using existing system data and workflow)
  • Allow the clinician practice, hospital, or end user to choose the parties to whom it reports
  • Be EHR platform-agnostic

The significance of this challenge to the health IT community is that the reporting on the safe use of EHRs continues to be a challenge to many healthcare providers. While health IT adoption has increased significantly, usability and the ease-of-reporting concerns remain.

Submitters to the challenge must undertake user testing and/or co-design the tool with end users (preferably a mix of physicians, nurses, and other clinicians) and report on direct feedback received during development of the application.

Submissions are due Monday, October 15, 2018. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the challenge to individuals or entities who best meet challenge evaluation criteria. A total of $80,000 in prizes will be available.