ONC launches apps challenge

Teams with National Cancer Institute to support survivors

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is launching the Crowds Care for Cancer: Supporting Survivors Challenge in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute as part of the Investing in Innovation program, also known as i2.

The challenge aims to spur the development of innovative information management tools and applications that help survivors manage their transition from specialty to primary care.

[See also: ONC names winners of heart health app challenge and App challenge winners harness public data for cancer treatment.]

The apps challenge consists of two phases.

Up to three entrants from Phase I will be awarded $5,000 each and receive additional support to optimize their application proposal for promotion on a crowdfunding portal as they transition to Phase II.

Finalists from Phase I will garner seed funding and publicity from ONC and NCI.

At the end of Phase II the finalists will submit a functioning application to be judged for the $25,000 grand prize. The deadline for Phase I submissions is  May 28, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Phase II launches June 3. Grand prize winners will be announced during the summer.

Details are available here.