The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched a cash-prize competition for development of consumer applications that use public data to aid in cancer prevention and control.
The competition includes four semi-finalist prizes of $10,000 and two finalist prizes of $20,000. "Each entrant retains full title and full ownership in and to their submission," according to a notice available now and being published July 26 in the Federal Register.
Entrants will develop software that uses health-related data available from the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. "These apps should potentially integrate with existing technology platforms and address targets comprising DCCPS priority areas on the continuum of cancer prevention and control," according to the notice.
The apps should address challenges that consumers, clinicians or researchers face such as behavior risk reduction, survivorship (nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, etc.), early detection and screening, informed decision making, and adherence to treatment regimens.
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