Current Challenges

Have a problem in healthcare that you think technology could help fix? Want to see what creative developers might do with access to new datasets or platforms? Anyone can sponsor a challenge. You can be a foundation, academic institution, investor, government agency, technology company or healthcare organization. If you have a question, you never know who might have a solution. For more details see the FAQs here.

AMA & MGMA Practice Innovation Challenge

The AMA & MGMA Practice Innovation Challenge is designed to seek out and provide funding to develop high-value, easy-to-adopt, transformative practice solutions to help physicians work smarter and improve patient care.

Physicians will submit innovative practice solutions in the form of a one- to three-page written proposal along with a written quantitative tracking methodology with defined metrics.

  • Total Prizes: $50,000
  • Deadline: September 1, 2015

Aetna Foundation, HHS, & NHIT Collaborative Innovating for the Underserved Business Plan Challenge

This challenge is a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to compete with their best ideas for products and services that use technology to reduce disparities and address the needs of underserved and minority populations that are hampered by problems that health IT can easily solve such as access to services and information, language barriers and lack of relevant educational programs.

  • Total Prizes: $75,000
  • Deadline: July 22, 2015

CHCF Decision Aid Upgrade Challenge

Design a Decision Aid that supports the conversation between patients and doctors about chemotherapy and supportive care options for treating advanced lung cancer.

The California HealthCare Foundation is a nonprofit grantmaking philanthropy that acts as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians.

  • Total Prizes: $10,000
  • Deadline: May 29, 2015

VA Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge

Create algorithms (methods, processes and/or tools) for identifying redundancies, gaps, conflicts, and interactions among care-plan items and other data.

  • Total Prizes: $300,000
  • Deadline: July 13, 2015

The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers University Health Care Delivery Challenge

The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Healthcare Delivery Challenge is the second part of a three-part healthcare innovations competition, sponsored by The Nicholson Foundation in collaboration with Rutgers. The challenge will take place virtually over the next few months. Teams will work on proposals for a ready-to-implement service delivery or technology innovation intervention that will address improving health outcomes and/or reducing cost of health care for vulnerable populations in New Jersey.

  • Total Prizes: $50,000
  • Deadline: April 3, 2015
  • Dates: April 22, 2015

RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services strive to spur new innovations in health technology that help consumers make better health care decisions, including tools to help consumers identify providers within their insurance networks that are convenient to visit and well-ranked among other patients.

  • Total Prizes: $100,000
  • Deadline: March 6, 2015

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Plan Choice Challenge

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is striving to spur new innovations in health technology that helps consumers make better health care decisions, including selecting health plans, understanding cost-sharing information, and choosing the best provider based on quality ratings and patient experience.

  • Total Prizes: $100,000
  • Deadline: August 18, 2014

Technology for CF Life Transitions Challenge

Technology for CF Life Transitions Challenge seeks a technology-based solution that will keep life organized and manageable.

CF adds layers of complexity in managing transitions throughout adulthood. Create an elegant and seamless solution that helps adults with CF manage the challenges they face when experiencing these transitions.

  • Total Prizes: $105,000
  • Deadline: September 1, 2014

Putting Care in Context: Empowering Patients to Share Their Barriers to Good Health

A large number of social, economic, environmental, and behavioral factors are known to impact health. For the purposes of this challenge, we would like to draw attention to just the following:
Food Insecurity - a lack of stable access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle [3].

  • Total Prizes: $10,000
  • Deadline: June 27, 2014

NYS Health Innovation Challenge

The goal of the NYS Health Innovation Challenge is to create technology-driven solutions that enable consumers, employers, public health experts, communities and purchasers to explore quality, charges and costs data for medical procedures provided by NYS inpatient hospital facilities. The "Healthy Connections = Healthy Communities" solutions may be web-, mobile- or desktop-based and built with information found at Health Data NY, OPEN NY and other open data sites (such as Health Data.

  • Total Prizes: $43,000
  • Deadline: July 31, 2014