The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued a challenge to software developers to come up with innovative ways to make use of the data in the Certified Health IT Product List.

The listing includes HIT products that have been tested and certified under ONC’s certification program. As of May, the CHPL—which has a set of application programming interfaces and downloadable XML files—has more than 300 listings for active 2015 Edition certified products.

The challenge is a “call for developers, researchers, and innovators to develop a software application that makes use of the data in the CHPL application programming interfaces or XML files in novel ways,” states the agency’s announcement. “The application should provide solutions to challenges for healthcare providers, healthcare consumers and the health IT community.”

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In particular, ONC is looking for software application submissions that identify an issue or challenge in healthcare or health IT and demonstrate how the solution—using data in the CHPL’s APls or XML files— can help resolve it.

The agency also notes that the software application “may be integrated into an existing web, mobile, voice, electronic health record or other platform for supporting interactions of the content provided with other capabilities.”

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A total of $40,000 in prizes will be awarded by ONC. The submission deadline is October 31, with the winners slated to be announced on December 3.

Additional information about ONC’s industry challenge is available here. In addition, the agency will be holding a webinar on August 1 to discuss the evaluation criteria and submission requirements. Participants for the online event can register here.