- HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the Phase 1 winners of its Move Health Data Forward Challenge.
- Phase 1 required participants to describe the technical, operational, financial and business aspects of a proposed solution to demonstrate its feasibility.
- Each of the ten winners will receive $5,000.
The Move Health Data Forward Challenge aims to maximize the potential of health information technology by improving data sharing and a patient’s control over access to their personal data. The three-phase challenge has a total prize amount of $250,000, with a maximum prize of $75,000 per participant.
The idea of collecting and sharing massive amounts of healthcare data have is was made a major focus area for the federal government's work earlier this year. The National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. B. Vindell Washington previously said it is perhaps the most important area of change for interoperability.
Among the 10 Phase 1 challenge winners are CedarBridge Group LLC and Thoughtkeg Application Services Corp. CedarBridge’s CareApprove tool allows patients to consent to sharing health information with providers via a smartphone and also specify what information may be shared. Thoughtkeg proposed MyHelathRec.com, an enhanced patient portal web application that employs modern web technologies for front-end design that lets patients control the movement of their health data.
Rounding out the list are:
- TrustedCare and ARM;
- EMR Direct;
- Foxhall Wythe LLC;
- Kreatelo, Technatomy, & Koncero;
- Lush Group, Inc.;
- Live and Leave Well, LLC;
- SpunJohn Consultants, LLC;
- Resilient Network Systems, Webshield & SAFE Biopharma.