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Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge

Create consumer apps that aggregate their health data using open APIs.

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $160,000
Type of Challenge: Software/Apps
Submission Start: 06/02/2016 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 11/07/2016 02:00 PM ET

Description

***Read the press release announcing the final, Phase 2 winners! Congratulations to them all!***   

The Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge is intended to spur the development of third-party, consumer-facing applications that use open, standardized APIs to help consumers aggregate their data in one place and under their control. This challenge will focus on solving the problem that many consumers have today – the ability to easily and electronically access their health data from different health care providers using a variety of different health IT systems.

The lack of interoperability between electronic health record (EHR) systems remains a significant barrier to the modernization of health IT. Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), developed by HL7, is a standard designed to increase the liquidity of granular patient data. The FHIR API allows data to move between vendor systems at different providers and to third-party applications for direct use by consumers. The latter use case is key to enabling patients to play a more active role in managing their health. Patients’ ability to seamlessly take their data with them as they move from provider to provider is one of the main goals of moving from a paper-based to an electronic health record system.

Of course, health and wellness information is not contained solely in provider systems - between wearables, sensors, smartphones, and more, a great deal of patient data is being collected by personal and at-home devices outside of clinical settings. An app that truly captures all of a consumer's health data must be able to absorb and consolidate all of this data being continuously collected, much of which is available through APIs.

***Watch the recording of the March 31 Informational Webinar*** 

The challenge has two phases. Phase 1 requires the submission of technical and business plans for the application (app) while Phase 2 requires that a working app be available for consumers. Phase 2 of the competition will not be limited to only those who won Phase 1 – all Phase 1 competitors, and those who did not participate in Phase 1, can submit a final app at the end of Phase 2. The final application must meet the following requirements:

  • Uses FHIR Draft Standard for Technical Use 2 (DSTU2)
  • Aggregates all data as specified in the 2015 Edition Common Clinical Data Set (in the Data column)
  • Verified compatibility with different health IT developer systems implemented in production settings, 1 of which must be from the top 10 systems measured by Meaningful Use attestation per HealthIT.gov. Apps must be integrated with a minimum of 3 unique health IT developer systems in 2 unique provider settings.
    • There are two options to assess MU attestation here, by Healthcare Professionals or by Hospitals. The top 10 system can be selected from Primary EHR Vendor – not Secondary EHR Vendor – in either of these reports.
  • Has been tested with patients and used in production settings
  • Available to consumers through at least one of the following modes: mobile web, iOS Store, or Android Stores

Phase 2 Participation Requirements 

The second phase, to run from June 2 to November 7, will entail the actual development of the apps, verification of technical capabilities, user testing/piloting, and public release of the apps. This will include remote testing with providers and health IT developers to test the technical abilities of the apps to connect to in-production systems. Participants will submit:

  • Working app
    • Provide the url to download/access the app.
  • Video demonstrating the app (maximum of 5 minutes)
    • Provide the url of the video on YouTube or Vimeo.
    • The video must highlight the use of FHIR to integrate with EHR vendor systems, including demonstration of data exchange with each system. The rest of the video should address the remaining evaluation criteria: functionality and quality of data aggregation, privacy and security of patient data, and user experience and visual appeal.
  • Slide deck describing app (maximum of 15 slides)
    • Overall, the slide deck should complement the video demonstration. It should include a list of the active FHIR integrations with EHRs at provider settings, as demonstrated in the video. It should describe other functionality pertaining to the review criteria, particularly anything that was not covered in the video.

The grand prize winner will receive $50,000 and a second place winner will receive $25,000. There will be an additional $25,000 prize for the app that connects to the greatest number of unique health IT developer systems implemented in production settings (the "Ultimate Connector"), which can be won by any entry, including the grand prize or 2nd place winner.   

Phase 1 Participation Requirements

Participants interested in competing for Phase 1 awards will need to submit an app development plan that must include:

  • Mockup/wireframes of the app
    • Provide a clear sense of the look, feel, and interactions of the app.
  • Technical specifications, including but not limited to planned data sources, system architecture, and compliance with HIPAA regulations (and other applicable law)
    • Provide a realistic idea of what data sources, and from who, will be included; how that data will be integrated together and in service to the consumer’s needs; how data privacy and security will be implemented.
  • Business/sustainability plan
    • How does the submitter propose to enter the market and lead to a successful app? The plan should include the following:
      1. Issue analysis, demonstrating understanding of the issue (1 page)
      2. Solution description, describing the solution and how it addresses the issues (2 pages)
      3. Financial estimates, including revenues and expenses (2 pages)
      4. Engagement plan, including targeted customer base and stakeholders (2 pages)
  • Provider partnership
    • Submitters are strongly encouraged to partner with a healthcare provider or EHR vendor for activities such as app development or pilot testing; evidence of partnership should be demonstrated with signed letters of intent on partner letterhead (i.e., we will not be reviewing actual business agreements).

To augment technical development and enhance the likelihood of a successful app that will continue to exist beyond the end of the challenge, a progress update/matchmaking event will be held that will seek to connect participants with provider partners. In Phase 1, up to five app proposals will be recognized as winners and awarded up to $15,000 each.

Prizes

Phase 2 First Prize - PatientLink Enterprises

$50,000.00

MyLinks is a cloud-based application that makes it easy to gather, manage, and share patient data using several methods including FHIR® and Direct messaging, a method for sending authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the internet. Using the app, patients can also participate in research, monitor data from remote devices, and use interactive tools.

Phase 2 Second Prize and Connector Award - Green Circle Health

$50,000.00

The Green Circle Health application uses FHIR® to import patient data into a platform integrating a comprehensive family health dashboard that includes personal and medical device data, remote monitoring, and reminders.

Phase 2 Honorable Mention - 1upHealth

The 1upHealth app helps patients organize and share data from clinical, wearable, and remote monitoring sources.

Phase 1 Winner - Green Circle Health

$15,000.00

The Green Circle platform intends to provide a comprehensive family health dashboard covering the full Common Clinical Data Set and using FHIR to transfer patient information. It will also incorporate patient-generated health data from wearables, sensors, and other connected devices.

Phase 1 Winner - HealthCentrix

$15,000.00

The Prevvy Family Health Assistant app suite provides the capabilities to manage an entire family’s health and wellness, including targeted information exchange. The platform incorporates both FHIR and Direct messaging with EHRs certified to Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Phase 1 Winner - Medyear

$15,000.00

Medyear’s mobile app utilizes FHIR to merge a patient’s records from multiple sources into one clean interface. It borrows a social media-like newsfeed style to show real-time EHR updates and provides easy functionality to message and call clinicians.

Phase 1 Winner - MetroStar Systems

$15,000.00

The Locket app brings patient information from different EHRs with FHIR together into a single mobile device. The app provides additional capabilities including paper-free check in and appointment scheduling and reminders.

Rules

The statutory authority for this challenge competition is Section 105 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Public L. No 111-358). Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition: To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity:

  1. Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
  2. Shall have complied with all the requirements under this section.
  3. In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  4. May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment.
  5. Shall not be an HHS employee working on their applications or submissions during assigned duty hours.
  6. Shall not be an employee of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
  7. Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award.
  8. Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission.

An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis. Entrants must agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from my participation in this prize contest, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise. Entrants must also agree to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to competition activities. Submission Requirements In order for a submission to be eligible to win this Challenge, it must meet the following requirements:

  1. No HHS or ONC logo – The product must not use HHS’ or ONC’s logos or official seals and must not claim endorsement.
  2. Functionality/Accuracy – A product may be disqualified if it fails to function as expressed in the description provided by the user, or if it provides inaccurate or incomplete information.
  3. Security – Submissions must be free of malware. Contestant agrees that ONC may conduct testing on the product to determine whether malware or other security threats may be present. ONC may disqualify the product if, in ONC’s judgment, the app may damage government or others’ equipment or operating environment.

Additional Information: General Conditions: ONC reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, for any reason, at ONC's sole discretion. Intellectual Property: Each entrant retains title and full ownership in and to their submission.  Entrants expressly reserve all intellectual property rights not expressly granted under the challenge agreement. By participating in the challenge, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to Sponsor and Administrator a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license and right to reproduce, publically perform, publically display, and use the Submission to the extent necessary to administer the challenge, and to publically perform and publically display the Submission, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the challenge. Authority: 15 U.S.C. 3719.

Judging Criteria

Phase 2 - Number, sources, and types of data aggregation using FHIR

Success in achieving the technical requirements for the challenge

Phase 2 - Functionality and quality of data aggregation

Assessment will include how well the app aggregates data pulled from different sources into a presentation that is usable and coherent

Phase 2 - Privacy and security of patient data

Submission must demonstrate how the app functionality and structure safeguard patient health data

Phase 2 - User experience and visual appeal

Assessment will include whether the app follows best practices in conveying information online, how intuitive is its navigation, and overall user-friendliness

Phase 1 - Technical feasibility of plan, including number of EHR sources targeted

Includes number of EHR sources targeted and how realistic those plans are (i.e., don’t list every single EHR in existence without having done any due diligence about whether it’s possible)

Phase 1 - Adherence to data privacy and security best practices and applicable law (including HIPAA)

Apps must demonstrate they will adhere to the provisions, as applicable, of the Privacy Rule and Security Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), in addition to best practices for safeguarding patient health data.

Phase 1 - Strength of business/sustainability plan

Assessment will include how well the submitter understands the issues underlying the challenge, how well the proposed solution addresses them, and rigor, methodology, and reality of the plan.

Phase 1 - Provider and/or health IT developer partnerships

Extent to which submitter has partnered or come to agreements with stakeholders to, for example, co-design, develop, or test the app.

How To Enter

Participants will submit:

  • Working app
    • Provide the url to download/access the app.
  • Video demonstrating the app (maximum of 5 minutes)
    • Provide the url of the video on YouTube or Vimeo.
    • The video must highlight the use of FHIR to integrate with EHR vendor systems, including demonstration of data exchange with each system. The rest of the video should address the remaining evaluation criteria: functionality and quality of data aggregation, privacy and security of patient data, and user experience and visual appeal.
  • Slide deck describing app (maximum of 15 slides)
    • Overall, the slide deck should complement the video demonstration. It should include a list of the active FHIR integrations with EHRs at provider settings, as demonstrated in the video. It should describe other functionality pertaining to the review criteria, particularly anything that was not covered in the video.