ONC announces winners of Certified HIT Product List challenge

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Innovators that have developed novel ways for using data in the Certified Health IT Product List have been recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.

ONC issued a challenge to software developers and researchers to devise innovative methods for leveraging data in the CHPL, which provides a comprehensive listing of HIT products that have been tested and certified through the agency’s certification program.

Three winning submissions were selected for identifying an issue or challenge in healthcare or health IT and demonstrating how the solution—using data in the CHPL’s application programming interfaces and downloadable XML files—can help resolve it. A total of $40,000 in prizes was awarded by ONC.

“This challenge shows that there is more to the CHPL data than meets the eye—it is great to the see the creativity and ingenuity each participant put into their submissions,” said Steve Posnack, executive director of ONC’s office of technology, in a written statement.

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The three winning submissions include:

  • ResearchAE, a search engine for health and health IT datasets, was awarded $20,000 for producing an application mapping of CHPL’s API with meaningful use attestation, the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS), and National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) data. The search engine enables users to perform cross-sectional searches allowing users to analyze who is using ONC certified health IT and how it’s being used.
  • Shiro Labs, which received a runner-up award of $10,000, created a web-based application that combines Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) data with CHPL data, enabling providers to better understand how ONC certified health IT complements their QPP reporting requirements.
  • Darena Solutions, which also received a runner-up award of $10,000, developed a mobile application called CheckEHR that allows users to view where certified health IT modules have the certification criteria to meet several healthcare delivery and quality goals—such as care coordination and patient engagement.

In addition, an honorable mention was awarded to Tom Nguyen, who designed a search engine tool embedded in the Google Chrome systems called the CHPL Chrome Extension, according to ONC.

“This enhancement provides users with on screen notifications for ONC certified health IT, features to recommend new site searches, and allows them to quickly navigate to the CHPL’s listings,” states the agency’s announcement.

As of May 2018, the CHPL—which has a set of APIs and downloadable XML files—has more than 300 listings for active 2015 Edition certified products.

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