Cloud-Based Solution Takes First Prize in ONC App Challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) this month announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.

Winners had to develop a market-ready application that would allow consumers and providers to aggregate health data from different sources into one, secure area.

Applications had to use Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and open application programming interfaces (APIs), which can make it easier and more efficient to retrieve and share information.

“We are thrilled to recognize new tools that make it easier for individuals and clinicians to access health information and put it to use,” said Vindell Washington, national coordinator for Health IT. “These apps reflect the incredible progress that is possible as a result of the digital health infrastructure that the public and private sector have built together over the last eight years.”

The Consumer Health Data Challenge asked participants to address the need to easily and electronically access and integrate health data from different providers across a variety of health IT systems.

The first place winner, PatientLink Enterprises, received $50,000 for its solution, MyLinks. MyLinks is a cloud-based application that makes it easy to gather, manage, and share authenticated, encrypted patient 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.

The second place winner was Green Circle Health, which developed an application that imports patient data into a platform with a comprehensive family health dashboard that includes personal and medical device data, remote monitoring, and reminders.

The Provider User Experience Challenge asked participants to demonstrate how data made accessible to apps through APIs can increase the use of their electronic health record (EHR) systems by making clinical workflows more efficient and intuitive.

Herald Health won the first place prize for its application helping clinicians create highly customizable push notifications.

Second place went to a collaboration of University of Utah Health CareIntermountain Healthcare, and Duke Health. Their application was a clinical decision support tool that provides recommendations for the treatment of babies with jaundice  based on the level of liver waste products found in their blood.

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