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.”

Ten finalists were chosen to present their projects before challenge judges at the 2014 Health Datapalooza held this week in Washington. In addition to LyfeChannel, second and third place winners were Accordion Health of Austin, Tex. and karmadata of Hingham, Mass. The first place award was $20,000 with $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place.

ONC and the Office of Civil Rights also announced that the winner of the Digital Privacy Notice Challenge--PatientPrivilege of Portland Ore., whose tool will help consumers integrate notices of privacy practices from their healthcare providers and health plans directly into their personal health records or into their providers’ portals. The second and third place winners were The Raj, led by Raj Arangarasan, Ph.D. and the EXIT’s Health Privacy Notice Generator.

The three winning submissions for the notice of privacy practices challenge took language developed in the paper-based model notice and optimized it for online consumption. These notices inform patients about the privacy practices of their health care providers or health plans as guaranteed by HIPAA's Privacy Rule. 


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