ONC i2 Challenges

On June 8, 2011, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the launch of the Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative, a bold new program designed to spur innovations in health IT. The program centers on prizes and competitions to accelerate the development of solutions and communities around key challenges in health IT.

Blue Button Co-Design Challenge

The goals of the Blue Button Co-Design Challenge are:

Build support for Blue Button Plus by engaging three crucial communities:

Patients through crowd sourcing of application ideas, co-design, and public voting on winning products
Companies and application builders through a public competition and prize money
Developers by rewarding open source developer tools that make it easier to build Blue Button Plus enabled applications

Expand our understanding of how patients want to use their clinical data, and what products they want to see developed.

  • Total Prizes: $55,000
  • Deadline: August 5, 2013

Crowds Care for Cancer Challenge: Supporting Survivors

To address the needs of cancer survivors, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is launching the Crowds Care for Cancer: Supporting Survivors Challenge in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as part of the Investing in Innovation (i2) program.

  • Total Prizes: $40,000
  • Deadline: May 28, 2013

Apps4TotsHealth Challenge

The Apps4TotsHealth Challenge is a call for developers, researchers, and other innovators to make use of the Healthdata.gov data API and integrate the TXT4Tots message library into a new or existing platform. The intent of the challenge is two-fold:

Showcase the use of the new data API on Healthdata.

  • Total Prizes: $25,000
  • Deadline: May 20, 2013

Discharge Follow-Up Appointment Challenge

In order to support broader adoption and uptake of promising IT-enabled interventions that address care transitions, ONC is challenging software developers to create an easy-to-use web-based tool that will make post-discharge follow-up appointment scheduling a more effective and shared process for care providers, patients and caregivers.

  • Total Prizes: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 7, 2012

Health Data Platform Metadata Challenge

The “Health Data Platform Metadata Challenge” requests the application of existing voluntary consensus standards for metadata common to all open government data, and invites new designs for health domain specific metadata to classify datasets in our growing catalog, creating entities, attributes and relations that form the foundations for better discovery, integration and liquidity.

  • Total Prizes: $35,000
  • Deadline: January 6, 2013

Health Data Platform Simple Sign-On Challenge

The “Health Data Platform Simple Sign-On Challenge” will improve community engagement by providing simplified sign on (SSO) for external users interacting across multiple HDP technology components, making it easier for community collaborators to contribute, leveraging new approaches to decentralized authentication.

  • Total Prizes: $35,000
  • Deadline: January 6, 2013

Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge

This challenge is a multidisciplinary call to innovators and developers to create a mobile device-optimized tool that engages and empowers women to improve the prevention and treatment of breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer in underserved and minority communities and interfaces with provider electronic health records (EHRs).

  • Total Prizes: $100,000
  • Deadline: February 5, 2013

Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Challenge

The “Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Challenge” is a multidisciplinary call to develop a mobile health app to facilitate observation and documentation for prevention, early detection and appropriate management of pressure ulcers in clinical settings. The app is intended to encourage the use of information exchange standards. The challenge will demonstrate the value of common models and terminologies and promote the continued integration of nursing content into SNOMED CT, as well as the development of common clinical information models of interest to nursing.

  • Total Prizes: $80,000
  • Deadline: April 29, 2013

My Air, My Health: An EPA/HHS Challenge

The Seeker wishes to enable location-specific, near-real-time monitoring and reporting of air pollutants (particulates or individual chemical species) and related physiological parameters, using a personal, portable integrated system. The intent is to use such devices to increase the level of information about local air quality, and to enable more conclusive analysis of links between air pollutant levels and their associated physiological effects.

  • Total Prizes: $160,000
  • Deadline: October 5, 2012

Health Design Challenge

The purpose of this challenge is to improve the design of the medical record so it is more usable by and meaningful to patients, their families, and others who take care of them. This is an opportunity to take the plain-text Blue Button file and enrich it with visuals and a better layout. Innovators will be invited to submit their best designs for a medical record that can be printed and viewed digitally.

  • Total Prizes: $51,000
  • Deadline: November 30, 2012