The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wants software developers to create online tools that help consumers easily find information on the quality of their local physicians and hospitals. The top prize is $100,000.
The competition, with a $25,000 prize for second place and $5,000 for third, is part of the foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. In Phase 1 of the app challenge, developer teams will create and submit tools using data from the Aligning Forces initiative. Teams in Phase 2 will work with Aligning Forces communities to refine their tools.
"Aligning Forces community alliances have already developed publicly available online reports that provide information about the quality of care delivered in their local communities," according to an explanation of the competition. "Reports include quality measures for care delivered for conditions such as diabetes--like whether patients were given the tests and procedures that medical evidence shows is best for their condition--and the safety of local hospitals. Participating developers will help make the consumer experience with these existing data more dynamic, interactive and consumer-friendly than when information is simply displayed on a website."
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