ONC unveils Move Data Forward Challenge with $250K in prizes

Move Data Forward Challenge

With more and more companies from the healthcare system embracing modern technology and with patients themselves turning to hi-tech tool to manage their health, it’s getting hard to have all that data easily accessible by both patients and their providers.

To tackle this problem, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is launching the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, offering developers and IT experts the chance to win $75,000. The challenge invites interested parties to create an application programming interface (API) solution that uses the implementation specifications created by the HEART Workgroup (Heart WG) to allow people to securely authorize the movement of their health data to destinations they choose.

As part of the deal, those signing-up to participate in the challenge are expected to engage people to test the implementation of their solution and make possible processes that need consumers to authorize the release of their health data to a destination they choose.

The Move Health Data Forward challenge will have three phases, with a cumulative prize amount of $250,000 and a maximum prize value per participant of $75,000.

In the first phase, up to ten finalists will be awarded $5,000, each. From these ten participants, five will be selected for the second phase, each of which will receive $20,000.

Finally, the third phase will award $50,000 to up to two winners based on their ability to implement the solution.

Companies and individuals may apply independently or as a team and will need to recruit and engage individuals as part of testing their solutions.