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.

Dignity Health and Box Patient Education App Challenge

We are looking for new and exciting technology apps that take advantage of the Box platform to help care teams better educate their patients. We are looking for new teams or startups who are revolutionizing the way doctors and hospitals educate patients. Specific areas of education we are interested in are examples from the outpatient, emergency room, and inpatient workflow areas.

  • Total Prizes: $100,000
  • Deadline: January 10, 2014

RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge

The RWJF Hospital Price Data Challenge is designed to increase understanding and use of recently released hospital price data. The challenge seeks entries from developers that fit into one of two categories. The visualization category encourages submissions that allow users to better understand aspects of the data such as the regional patterns or variation by procedures. The applications/tools challenge encourages submissions that provide an analytical capacity, potentially by combining the price data with other sources of information.

  • Total Prizes: $120,000
  • Deadline: August 26, 2013

Novartis Thalassemia App Challenge

Thalassemia patients face daily challenges in managing their disease. There is a critical need to develop an app solution, which minimizes the hassle of daily disease management. Novartis challenges the teams to develop an innovative smartphone/iPad application that increases Thalassemia patients’ (as well as the caretakers’) ability to manage the disease effectively (including monitoring/tracking of key parameters, treatment/medication adherence and recording of daily personal facts, which help patients live active lives despite their condition).

  • Total Prizes: $150,000
  • Deadline: June 30, 2013

Re-imagining Consumer Health With Windows 8 And Healthvault Challenge

The Re-imagining Consumer Health With Windows 8 And Healthvault Challenge asks developers to create a Windows Store application that meets two key criteria:

The application is a modern Windows Store app that runs both on Windows 8 and Windows RTThe app uses either the HealthVault Windows 8 SDK or uses the HealthVault web APIs to send or receive data from HealthVault

This challenge is designed to help create a next generation health management app for consumers trying to stay healthy or for consumers actively managing a health condition.

  • Total Prizes: $15,000
  • Deadline: June 30, 2013

Innovate Health Tech NYC

Innovate Health Tech NYC invites software and hardware developers and other innovators living or working in New York City to create new commercially viable technologies that solve urgent healthcare problems. Individuals, teams, and companies with 10 or fewer employees can compete, and will be required to demonstrate a functioning prototype of a pre-commercial technology in their submission.

  • Total Prizes: $50,000
  • Deadline: May 2, 2013
  • Dates: Demo Day July 10, 2013

PILOT Health Tech NYC

New York City is a bustling healthcare ecosystem consisting of major stakeholders, including large provider groups, academic medical centers, payors and pharma companies. With healthcare dominating national policy discussions and New York City's burgeoning tech sector, there is a significant opportunity for entrepreneurs and companies to take healthcare complexities into their own hands.

  • Total Prizes: $1,000,000
  • Deadline: May 27, 2013

Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge

The New York eHealth Collaborative is looking to provide New Yorkers with safe and secure access to their records through the statewide health information exchange via an online portal, essentially a website where New Yorkers will be able to log in and access their health data. In order to design the best possible and most user-friendly portal interface, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) has launched the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge.

  • Total Prizes: $25,000
  • Deadline: April 11, 2013

PCORI Patient-Researcher Matching Challenge

This challenge seeks a proposal or prototype for a patient/researcher “matching” mechanism or system that could effectively connect potential partners interested in seeking funding for rigorous patient-centered outcomes research. This challenge offers an opportunity for innovators to help PCORI pursue our commitment to “research done differently” by bringing the voice of patients, caregivers and other stakeholders clearly and fully to the research process.

  • Total Prizes: $125,000
  • Deadline: April 15, 2013 Mobile App Challenge

Developers and health professionals/health consumers are invited to co-design a mobile application that makes content customizable and easy to use, reaching the users where they are. The mobile app should include Quick Guide to Healthy Living topics and information about preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Total Prizes: $80,000
  • Deadline: February 1, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Games To Generate Data Challenge

The second challenge is a two-stage competition with a front-end ideation component and a back-end application development component. Participants are asked to develop game applications that target the Aligning Forces geographies, and drive the creation of useful health care quality data. Solutions submitted to the competition should be able to scale up or down to other geographies, so that they could be included in other geographies.

  • Total Prizes: $200,000
  • Deadline: February 22, 2013