The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today announced the selection of "PatientPowered.us," an open-source, mobile-friendly, online app, as the first place winner of the 2014 PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge and awarded its developer the $100,000 top prize.

Sponsored by PCORI and hosted by Health 2.0, the challenge provided an opportunity for developers to create ready-to-use web-based or smartphone-based apps that facilitate links and spur collaborations among patients, caregivers, clinicians, researchers and other stakeholders.

The judges rated “PatientPowered.us” as the most user-friendly of the submissions for its simple, easy to use interface. It enables users to browse by condition, hold conversations through discussion threads, and submit research questions on which they hope to find collaborators. Researchers can readily identify and contact individuals interested in a particular condition to organize a study. Built on an open-source platform, PatientPowered.us invites other developers and users to improve and expand it and is available at no charge.

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