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HHS Opioid Code-a-Thon

About the Challenge
Turning data into insights for the opioid epidemic.

Posted By: Department of Health and Human Services
Category: Software/Apps, Designs
Skill: Algorithms Interest: Health Submission Dates: 1 p.m. ET, Dec 06, 2017 - 4 p.m. ET, Dec 07, 2017 Winners Announced: Dec 07, 2017

Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve a prescription or illicit opioid. Ending this epidemic is among the Department’s top priorities, and to combat this crisis the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has implemented a five-part strategy that provides the overarching framework for HHS’s opioid-related activities. To build on these efforts, HHS is looking to leverage the full potential of data and technology to address the opioid crisis by hosting an Opioid Code-a-Thon. Participants will use a variety of provided datasets related to opioids and develop a solution to address one of the following challenge tracks:

  • Opioid Treatment
  • Opioid Usage
  • Opioid Misuse Prevention

For full details about this challenge, please view the official announcement of challenge requirements and registration.

Judging Criteria

Design

The solution takes into account user-centered design principles. The user interface is visually appealing, well laid out, intuitive, and easy to use and understand.

Potential for Impact

The solution has a clear user and positions local, state, and/or federal actors to make significant strides in advancing treatment, understanding usage, or improving prevention.

Technical Achievement

The solution addresses the primary goals of the Code-a-Thon through connecting a variety of health data sources – of which at least one is an HHS dataset – and demonstrates potential for scale and/or broader application in public health.

Innovation

The solution represents a new, original idea that integrates data in an unprecedented and novel way.

How to Enter

Please see the “Rules” section to learn how to submit an intent to participate form.

Participants must perform a five-minute, in-person demo and provide the following information to be eligible for further review and a prize award on December 7, 2017:

  • Team Name, Participant Names, Organization (s), and Primary Point of Contact
  • Challenge Track
  • Data Resources Utilized
  • Link to the solution
  • Written summary of the solution

25 Discussions for "HHS Opioid Code-a-Thon"

  • Sangeeta Agarawal
    Hi all, I am one of the teams that is selected. We are focusing on prevention and treatment. I’m a cancer nurse, researcher and engineer. I can accommodate 1-2 spots on my team for people to join. Would love to hear about your expertise and passion. Come and talk to meat the symposium or email me at san@helpsyhealth.com

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    Hi Everyone, I am looking to form a team for the Opioid Hackathon along with my research partner, a behavioral psychologist. We have the ability to contribute large historical datasets related to patient outcomes and social media. Where we need assistance is with programming and interface design. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks!

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      Michael April
      I am also looking for a team. I am a physician with 30 years experience in pain management. I have a coding background as well. I am attending the seminar but have yet to get a team to respond to my request to join.

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      Sangeeta
      David - let’s talk at the symposium. We are focusing on prevention and treatment. Would love to explore if your expertise can be useful for us. Find me at symposium.

  • Mike
    I was an opiate user for 12 years and have now been opiate free for 397 days. I was taking 240 loratab 10mg a month but then began taking OxyContin then later methadone and suboxone as well. I never realized that I would become physically dependent nor did any of my friends. With that said I can honestly say there is no App or Technology that is going to help people stop taking pills and I say this as someone who embraces technology and appreciates the impact it has on our daily lives. All you are doing by having them use their phone is giving them a lifeline to find a pill because there is no worst feeling then going through withdraws. Everyone I know hates that they have to take something just to feel normal and the stress of worry where tomorrow pill will come from but they can’t afford to quit due to missing work or having to take care of kids. I really feel that there are more important areas to focus on if we truly want to beat this epidemic.

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    Rosemary Chude-Sokei
    Looking for a team to join on this challenge. My background is in clinical medicine, data analysis and TRIZ. I have a Masters in Health Administration. I live in Boston, Ma and can make it to DC.

  • Rosemary Chude-Sokei
    Looking for a team to join on this challenge. My background is in clinical medicine, data analysis and TRIZ. I have a Masters in Health Administration. I love in Boston, Ma and can make it to DC.

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    Michael April
    I am looking to join a team. I am a physician with 30 years experience in pain management. I have an engineering degree and have coding experience with Python. I live in the Washington, D.C. area.

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        twhite1
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    J. Mason
    I have an Master's in Public Administration 5 years of experience in the opioid addiction treatment field and have some coding knowledge. BUT, I need a team to work with. I can get to DC for the hackathon no problem. I have contacts in the DC area as well.

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      Wes
      Hello Mr. Mason - we have a team forming with mobile developers, UX and data scientist, but real world experience would also be welcome. Feel free to contact me to learn more... Thanks!

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        Michael April
        Wes: I am a physician with 30 years experience in pain management. Also have engineering degree and experience with Python. I live in the Washington, D.C. area.

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      Sangeeta
      Mason - you can join my team if you like. We are focusing on prevention and treatment. Would love to have your expertise. Find me at symposium.

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      Sangeeta Agarawal
      Mason - let’s talk at the symposium. I have a team but can add one person. We are focusing on prevention and treatment. Would love to explore if your expertise can be useful for us. Find me at symposium.

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    J. Mason
    I have have 5 years of opioid treatment experience and have done some coding as well. I can determine the useful datasets, put together an action plan, and more. I also have an Degree in Public Administration. I can get to DC for the competition, but I need a team.

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      Michael April
      Saw your message. Looking to join a team. Have 30 years experience as physician treating pain and opioid addiction. Also have engineering degree and Python coding experience. Live just outside of DC.

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Rules

To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity—

  • Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by The Office of the CTO, HHS;
  • Shall have complied with all the requirements under this Announcement and any subsequently announced rules for the competition;
  • 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;
  • May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment (all non-HHS federal employees must consult with their agency Ethics Official to determine whether the federal ethics rules will limit or prohibit the acceptance of a cash prize stemming from a federally sponsored prize competition);
  • Shall not be an HHS employee;
  • Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop submissions unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award;
  • Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop prize competition applications or to fund efforts in support of a prize competition submission;
  • Interested participants will be required to form teams that consist of three to five individuals. Team will indicate the following qualifications:
    • Team Skillsets: Team indicates that they possess computer programming, data analytics, and end user design skillsets
    • Team Multidisciplinary Expertise: Team indicates expertise in any 2 of the following areas relevant to the challenge tracks: health, analytics, social science, design, and/or engineering; and
    • Team Experience: The team indicates that they collectively have 10 years of experience in their respective fields and/or previously participated in a public or private sector sponsored Code-a-Thon

Eligible teams can submit their intent to participate here: https://hhs-opioid-symposium-code-a-thon.eventbrite.com

For full details, please view the official announcement of challenge requirements and registration.

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