LyfeChannel of San Carlos, Calif., which organizes cost and other information to support patient health decisions, was selected by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT as the winner of the second annual Code-a-Palooza Challenge. The company's winning submission--Smart Health Hero--is a new electronic tool designed to help patients and their families use Medicare claims data to make healthcare choices.
Fifty-six developers submitted proposals to Code-a-Palooza for new visualization tools to help consumers use the 2012 Medicare Part B payment data on more than 880,000 physicians and other billing professionals released in April by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ONC challenged software developers to make tools that would, among other capabilities, provide "deep insight into geographic variations in procedure costs, regional specializations in procedures and many other uses yet to be uncovered.
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