ONC announces initial winners of API challenge

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced initial winners of an ONC challenge seeking proposals for using application programming interfaces (API) to enable consumers to share their personal health information safely and securely with providers, family members, and other caregivers.

The Phase 1 winners of ONC’s Move Health Data Forward Challenge—10 awardees in all—each received a $5,000 award for their proposed plans including technical, operational, financial and business components of their respective solutions.

“As health information technology becomes more accessible, consumers are playing an even greater role in how and when their health information is exchanged or shared,” said Vindell Washington, MD, national coordinator for health IT. “The Move Health Data Forward Challenge will help consumers unleash their health data and put it to work.”

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The 10 winners of Phase 1 of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge include:

  • TrustedCare and ARM: TrustedCare and ARM aim to develop devices that enable patients to interact with multiple providers in a secure, authenticated and auditable manner—helping to improve coordinated care in accountable care organizations by using open standards.
  • CedarBridge Group LLC: The CareApprove solution allows consumers to consent to share their health information with their health care providers from their smartphone and optionally to choose which sections of information may be shared with a given provider.
  • EMR Direct: EMR Direct’s HealthToGo service aims to facilitate the deployment of applications that can integrate patient data from multiple data holders through software that supports scalable deployment of APIs. This will enable consumers to manage sharing of their health information, and improve the accessibility of patient health data.
  • Foxhall Wythe LLC: Docket optimizes patient-health care provider communication by empowering mobile users to securely maintain their critical health information and authorize the transmission of that information to trusted care professionals.
  • kreateIoT, Technatomy, & Koncero: The solution provides individuals with the power to both access their health information electronically and also actively direct their health information’s flow to help make informed decisions through a browser on a laptop or mobile application. The team is using Substitutable Medical Apps Reusable Technologies (SMART) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to create a secure way of sharing sensitive patient data.
  • Lush Group, Inc.: The Lush Group’s HealthyMePHR system allows patients to import their health information from their primary care provider’s electronic health record (EHR) system, define how it is shared with others, and authorize electronic access. Additional features will accelerate patient clinical data sharing on a patient-by-patient basis.
  • Live and Leave Well, LLC: Live and Leave Well is an end-of-life planning platform designed to help individuals create, manage and share end of life plans using API technology.
  • SpunJohn Consultants, LLC: MedGrotto gives patients an easy, simple and secure platform to store and access their complete health record while sharing with their providers and/or surrogates with fully customizable access levels from any device, anytime and anywhere.
  • Thoughtkeg Application Services Corporation: MyHealthRec.com is an enhanced patient portal web application that uses modern web technologies for front-end design that is responsive to users and enables patients and their proxies to control the movement of their health data.
  • Resilient Network Systems, Webshield & SAFE Biopharma: Resilient Network Systems partnered with WebShield Inc., SAFE-BioPharma, Carebox and InterSystems to create a solution that gives consumers the ability to conveniently access and share their own health records on demand. The solution will demonstrate a unique nationwide capability to conveniently verify a consumer’s identity, locate and electronically request a consumer’s records, and deliver them to a secure cloud-based personal storage service.

The Phase 1 winners will now move on to Phase 2 of the challenge to compete for five finalist awards of $20,000 each to prototype and test their solutions. Ultimately, in Phase 3, awards of $50,000 for up to two winners will be made based on the finalists’ abilities to implement their solutions.

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