ONC names Phase 1 winners of Move Health Data Forward Challenge

10 winning teams have developed ways to put APIs to work for better information sharing.
By Mike Miliard
06:59 AM

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has named the Phase 1 winners of its Move Health Data Forward Challenge, which seeks innovative uses of APIs than can enable consumers to more easily share their personal health data.
The total prize amount available for the three phases of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge is $250,000, with the two finalists winning a total of $75,000.

Each Phase 1 winner – who had to show the technical, operational, financial and business aspects of their proposed technologies – will receive a $5,000 award.

  • With an eye toward improving coordinated care in ACOs through open standards, TrustedCare and ARM aim to develop devices that enable patients to interact with multiple providers in a secure, authenticated and auditable way.
  • The CareApprove app from CedarBridge Group enables consumers to consent to share their data with their providers from their smartphone and, optionally, to choose which sections of information may be shared with a given provider.
  • The HealthToGo service from EMR Direct is focused on apps that can integrate patient data from multiple sources through software that supports scalable deployment of APIs.
  • Docket, from Foxhall Wythe, optimizes patient-health care provider communication by empowering mobile users to securely maintain their critical health information and authorize the transmission of that information to trusted care professionals.
  • Technology from kreateIoT, Technatomy and Koncero aims to give people power to both access their health information electronically and also actively direct their health information's flow to help make informed decisions through a browser on a laptop or mobile app. The team is using SMART and FHIR to create a secure way of sharing sensitive patient data.
  • The HealthyMePHR system from Lush Group enables patients to import their health data from their primary care EHR system, define how it is shared with others, and authorize electronic access. Other features will speed patient clinical data sharing on a patient-by-patient basis.
  • Live and Leave Well is an end-of-life planning platform designed to help individuals create, manage and share end of life plans using APIs.
  • MedGrotto, developed by SpunJohn Consultants, gives patients an easy, simple and secure platform to store and access their complete health record while sharing with their providers and/or surrogates with fully customizable access levels from any device, anytime and anywhere.
  • MyHealthRec.com, from Thoughtkeg Application Services Corporation, is an enhanced patient portal web application that uses modern web technologies for front-end design that is responsive to users and enables patients and their proxies to control the movement of their health data.
  • The tools developed by Resilient Network Systems, Webshield and SAFE Biopharma, in partnership with Carebox and InterSystems, aims gives consumers the ability to conveniently access and share their own health records on demand. It will demonstrate a unique nationwide capability to conveniently verify a consumer's identity, locate and electronically request a consumer's records, and deliver them to a secure cloud-based personal storage service.

The ten winners now move to Phase 2, where up to five finalists will be awarded $20,000 each for prototypes and test performance of their solutions. Those winners will move to Phase 3, which will award $50,000 for up to two winners each based on the participant's ability to implement their solution.
"As health information technology becomes more accessible, consumers are playing an even greater role in how and when their health information is exchanged or shared," said National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, in a statement. "The Move Health Data Forward Challenge will help consumers unleash their health data and put it to work."

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