ONC names winners of data-sharing app challenges

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
ONC names winners of data-sharing app challenges

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the Phase 1 winners of two application challenges to make electronic health information easier for consumers and providers to access and use.

Applicants were required to use the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard and open application programming interfaces (APIs), which are designed to make information retrieval and sharing easier than it currently is in most EHRs. The two competitions – the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge – were announced in early March.

Four winners were selected for Phase 1 of the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge. Each of these four winners will receive $15,000 in prize money:

·      Green Circle Health

·      HealthCentrix

·      Medyear

·      MetroStar Systems

While the Provider User Experience Challenge also promotes use of FHIR, it  focuses on proving that data made accessible to apps through APIs can enhance providers’ experience with EHRs, making clinical workflows more intuitive, specific to clinical specialty, and actionable, ONC said. 

The four winners of the Provider User Experience Challenge, who also will receive $15,000 each, were:

·      Herald Health

·      PHRASE Health

·      University of Utah Health Care / Intermountain Healthcare / Duke Health System

·      WellSheet

“It is exciting to see the level of innovation that is taking place in health IT today,” Dr. Vindell Washington, principal deputy national coordinator, said in announcing the Phase 1 winners on Monday. “The apps that these challenges will produce have the potential to spur real-world improvements for individuals and clinicians throughout the health system.”