The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced two new challenges to software developers to make applications that improve the continuum of care and consumer health.
The “EHR Accessibility Challenge” targets ways to make it easy for consumers with disabilities to access and use data in their electronic health records. The application should be easy to install and learn to use, and to identify and link to local or online communities and organizations, and support Nationwide Health Information Network standards and protocols. First prize is $60,000; second is $20,000 and third is $5,000.
The new Discharge Follow-Up Appointment Challenge seeks an easy-to-use Web tool supporting certain functions for patients, caregivers, hospitals and downstream providers. “In addition, developers will need to articulate a plan for broader adoption at the community level,” according to the explanation. The discharge app challenge follows development of software to manage transitions of care that was the subject of an ONC challenge last year. First place for the discharge app is partnership consideration with a pilot site and up to $5,000 to pay for a three-day site visit involving two or three people.
Information on the discharge and transitions challenges is available at health2challenge.org/onc-i2-challenges/. Details on the EHR accessibility challenge will be on the site on Jan. 30.
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