NYS Health Innovation Challenge
Submission DeadlineSubmissions are Closed
- First Place $30,000
- Second Place $10,000
- Third Place $3,000
Health Innovation Challenge application submissions are in!
Judging is currently underway with winners to be announced in September 2014.
This challenge seeks solutions that present the quality, cost, and efficiency data in a format that is easy to interpret. Submissions must include a text description of the solution, a Powerpoint presentation and a link to the working solution.
Employers, communities, purchasers, public health experts and consumers are seeking information to help them better understand and navigate the health care delivery system. Individuals, in particular, are more able to make informed decisions on their health care when they are armed with information on health care costs, volume of services provided, quality measures, and service availability.
Imagine if an easy to use application enabled consumers, employers and entire communities to compare and contrast health care options similar to when they decide on an appliance, car or home purchase. For example, consider a pregnant woman who has been advised by her physician to deliver her baby by C-section. She would be able to acquire important information, including who does this surgery, how often and at what hospitals? How long would she need to stay in the hospital after her baby is born?
This “Healthy Connections = Healthy Communities" challenge needs your ideas as to how open data can be utilized by communities, consumers and others to take charge of their health by comparing services and helping them determine where to go for quality, affordable care.
Health care data is also valuable to employers and purchasers, including state and local governments, who can use the data to better understand the cost and quality of the services being provided to their employees. This new information enables providers to better assess where they stand compared to regional and statewide benchmarks, which can often lead to improvements in a more competitive marketplace. Insurers will find the information useful when building physician and facility networks, and promoting improvement efforts.
Determining value in health care is frequently hindered by a lack of easily accessible and useful information about the quality, cost, and efficiency of health care services. The New York State Department of Health has recently released comprehensive patient level inpatient hospital data on our open data portal, Health Data NY. Additionally, the department plans to release hospital quality and efficiency data in the upcoming weeks. We are looking for your help in turning this data into actionable information that will empower consumers and others to make informed purchasing decisions.
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.gov, Data.Medicare.gov, NYC OpenData and/or APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). The solutions must present the quality, cost, and efficiency data in a format that is easy to interpret. The data and information presented in the solutions must include helpful guidance that consumers can easily understand with examples.
An independent panel of esteemed judges from such sectors as health care, information technology, academia, venture capital and others will use a rigorous set of criteria to select the winning technologies. Prizes totaling $43,000 will be awarded as follows: First Place $30,000, Second Place $10,000, and Third Place $3,000.
More information about the prize money and the winners’ announcement in September 2014 will be published soon.
- Launch Date: March 26, 2014
- Informational Webinar: April 2014
- Submission Deadline: July 31, 2014
- Damon Davis
- Director of the Health Data Initiative - HHS
- Dwayne Spradlin
- CEO - Health Data Consortium
- Bela Musits
- Dean of the School of Management - Union Graduate College
- Joseph Stankaitis
- Chief Medical Officer - Monroe Plan for Medical Care
- James Figge
- Medical Director Endocrine/Thyroid - St.Peter's Health Partner
- Lexie Komisar
- Strategic Advisor - Clinton Foundation
- Benita Zahn
- Health Reporter - NewsChannel 13 Live
Decision Making (20%): Ability to illustrate how the conceptual designs and working application/tools can promote better data driven decision making related to accessing and/or providing better access to quality, affordable health care.
Creativity (30%): Ability to engage target audience in usage, as well as, present the quality, cost, and efficiency data in a format that is easy to interpret.
Feasibility of Implementation (20%): Readiness of the working prototype to be put into use by the targeted audience(s).
Target Audience (15%): Ability to support one or more members of the health care ecosystem and provide them with data- driven tools or evidence based insight related to accessing and/or providing better access to quality, affordable health care.
Utilization of Open Data (15%): It is expected that open data on Health Data NY, OPEN NY, other local open data sites (for example-NYC Open Data), as well as Health Data.gov, Data.gov, and other relevant sites will be utilized to create an innovative solution.
Each team will be asked to fill out a pre-registration form and will be sent the Official Submission form once registered. Each team must submit the Official Submission form by the submission deadline to be eligible.
The Official Submission form will require you to include:
- A text description of the app or tool (no more than 1500 words and no less than 500 words) including what data were used, how they were used, need, solution and business plan for dissemination and use
- An attached power point (5 to 10 slides) describing the solution and how it meets the goals of the challenge.
- A link to the working solution.
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers. To achieve meaningful impact, NYSHealth makes grants, informs health care policy and practice, and spreads effective programs that work to improve New York's health system.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is charged with protecting the health, productivity, and well-being of all New Yorkers. NYSDOH is committed to: health promotion; assuring access to essential health care services; responding to public health emergencies and disasters; improving quality in all care settings, and conducting world-class research to ensure the health of New Yorkers.
HRI's mission is to contribute to the health and well-being of the people of State of New York by complementing and enabling the strategic public health goals of the Department of Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and other health related entities through the provision of knowledge, expertise, funding guidance, and fiduciary oversight for public health research and program funds in concert with the development of innovative and collaborative partnerships that contribute to the public’s health and wellness. HRI provides best-in-class resource administration for stakeholders and programs related to the work and priorities of the Department of Health and its other partners.
The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for setting statewide technology policies for all state government agencies and monitoring all large technology expenditures in the state, seeking efficiencies, lower costs and innovative solutions. ITS’s mission is to create a technology-enabled government to better serve New Yorkers, partner with our customers to implement the best technology solutions, connect technology professionals to faster innovation, build skills, promote development, and deliver world class technology services that meet our customers' needs.
Slides from the Webinar
Recording of Webinar
NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah discusses the need for the Health Innovation Challenge
Katherine Hempstead of RWJF speaks about the importance of this developer challenge in improving NYS healthcare
Terms & Conditions
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
THE SPONSORS: The Sponsors of this Challenge are New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237 and Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204 ("Sponsors"). Support for this Challenge is provided by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth).
ADMINISTRATOR: The administrator of the Challenge is Health 2.0, LLC, 350 Townsend Street #403, San Francisco, CA 94107 ("Administrator")
CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION: The Challenge begins at 8:00 am ET on March 18 or 20, 2014 and ends at 11:59 PM on July 31, 2014 ("Challenge Period"). Entry into the Challenge does not constitute entry into any other challenge, challenge or promotion, including, without limitation, other similar challenges, challenges or promotions offered by The Sponsors and/or Administrator. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of The Sponsors, Administrator, and/or the individual judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects.
ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open to any individual 18 years old or older as of their time of entry, and any organizational entity (corporation, non-profit, etc.) operating lawfully anywhere in any country or territory, click here for the few exceptions. Employees of the Sponsors, Administrator, their affiliates (including individuals primarily employed by a New York State Agency and individuals/entities that were associated with the development of OPEN NY, NYS Hospital Profile on the NYSDOH web site and/or Health Data NY), and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, judging, or administration of the Challenge as well as members of such persons' immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are ineligible to compete, as an individual or as a member of a team in any aspect of the Challenge.
HOW TO ENTER: To enter go to the website located at www.health2challenge.org (the "Challenge Website"). You may enter either alone or as part of a team. Teams must include no less than two (2) people and each team member must be clearly identified on the team's Official Entry Form to be eligible. Each Submission that is entered into the Challenge must meet the following "Submission Requirements" (any Submission that, in the Sponsors sole discretion, violates the following criteria will be disqualified): you must complete the Official Final Submission Form. Once a submission is made, a team is prohibited from making any changes or alterations to the product described in its submission until the evaluation of the entries is completed.
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION: By participating in the Challenge, each entrant represents, warrants, and covenants as follows: (a) entrant is the sole author, creator, and owner of the Submission; (b) the Submission is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (c) the Submission does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party; (d) the Submission does not and will not contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as "malware," "viruses" or "worms"); and (e) the Submission, and entrants use of the Submission, does not and will not violate any applicable laws or regulations, including, without limitation, applicable export control laws and regulations of the U.S. and other jurisdictions. If the Submission includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), entrant must be able to provide, upon The Sponsors and/or Administrator's request, all appropriate licenses and releases for such third party works. In the event entrant cannot provide all required licenses and releases, The Sponsors reserves the right, in The Sponsors' sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Submission, or seek to secure the licenses and releases for The Sponsors' benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in the Challenge. Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless The Sponsors and Administrator from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising from entrant's Submission or any breach or alleged breach of any of the representations, warranties, and covenants of entrant hereunder. The Sponsors and/or Administrator reserves the right to disqualify any Submission that The Sponsors and/or Administrator, in its sole discretion, deems to violate these Official Rules.
SUBMISSION LICENSE: EACH ENTRANT RETAINS TITLE AND FULL OWNERSHIP IN AND TO THEIR SUBMISSION. ENTRANT EXPRESSLY RESERVES ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS NOT EXPRESSLY GRANTED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to The Sponsors and Administrator a limited, non-exclusive, royalty free, worldwide, license and right to use the Submission to the extent necessary to administer the Challenge, and to publically perform and publically display the Submission, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge.
PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Challenge, in addition to any other grants granted herein or which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between The Sponsors and/or Administrator, on the one hand, and any entrant in the Challenge, on the other hand, each entrant hereby irrevocably (a) grants to The Sponsors and Administrator the right to use such entrant's name, likeness, image, and biographical information in any and all media for any purpose, including, without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge and (b) releases The Sponsors and Administrator from any liability with respect thereto.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Each team is responsible for determining the disposition of any intellectual property developed during the course of the Challenge. Neither Health 2.0 nor the Challenge Sponsors shall be responsible for mediating disputes that arise relating to intellectual property ownership.
WINNER SELECTION/EVALUATION CRITERIA: A review panel will select winning submissions from among all eligible entries based on the following evaluation criteria:
- Decision Making (20%): Ability to illustrate how the conceptual designs and working application/tools can promote better data driven decision making related to accessing and/or providing better access to quality, affordable health care.
- Creativity (30%): Ability to engage target audience in usage, as well as, present the quality, cost, and efficiency data in a format that is easy to interpret.
- Feasibility of Implementation (20%): Readiness of the working prototype to be put into use by the targeted audience(s).
- Target Audience (15%): Ability to support one or more members of the health care ecosystem and provide them with data- driven tools or evidence based insight related to accessing and/or providing better access to quality, affordable health care.
- Utilization of Open Data (15%): It is expected that open data on Health Data NY, OPEN NY, other local open data sites (for example-NYC Open Data), as well as Health Data.gov, Data.gov, and other relevant sites will be utilized to create an innovative solution.
NOTICE TO WINNERS: Attempts to notify potential winners will be made using the contact information provided on the winner's Official Entry Form. The Sponsors and Administrator are not responsible for e-mail or other communication problems of any kind. If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond within five (5) days of the first notification attempt (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected. If any potential prize winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines the applicable prize for any reason prior to award, such potential prize winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. The Sponsors may successively attempt to contact up to two (2) potential prize winners in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed prize winner after such attempts have been made, if any, the applicable prize may go unawarded.
ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS: Many will enter, 3 submissions will be selected as winners for the Challenge. Actual odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The Sponsors and Administrator cannot accurately predict the number of entrants who will participate in the Challenge.
PRIZES: A total prize purse of $43,000 in cash plus non-cash prizes. The anticipated prize breakdown is:
- First Place $30,000
- Second Place $10,000
- Third Place $3,000
GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: The potential winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release (collectively "Prize Claim Documents). If a winner fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within five (5) days of The Sponsors' and/or Administrator's request (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. Prizes will be delivered only to an address in the U.S. or via wire transfer internationally. No cash alternative or substitution or transfer of prizes will be allowed, except The Sponsors reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute prizes of comparable value, in whole or in part, for any reason. THE WINNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING AND PAYING ANY INCOME TAXES OR OTHER TAXES THAT MAY APPLY TO ACCEPTING A PRIZE; THE SPONSORS AND ADMINISTRATOR ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES.
DATES/DEADLINES: Because of the unique nature and scope of the Challenge, the Sponsors and Administrator reserve the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these Official Rules or otherwise governing the Challenge.
GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE/FORCE MAJEURE: Each entrant agrees that The Sponsors and Administrator (a) shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages, or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting from participation in the Challenge or any Challenge-related activity, or from entrants' acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any prize, and (b) have not made any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, regarding such prize's merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless The Sponsors and Administrator from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising from entrant's participation in the Challenge. The Sponsors and Administrator assumes no responsibility for any damage to an entrant's computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or other Challenge-related websites or participating in the Challenge, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software, or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions, or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, The Sponsors and Administrator are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, postage-due, damaged, or stolen entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable transmissions or other communications; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. The Sponsors and Administrator each reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or Website or other Challenge-related websites, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person, and The Sponsors and Administrator each reserve the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event an insufficient number of eligible entries are received or The Sponsors and/or Administrator is prevented from awarding the prize or continuing with the Challenge as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including, without limitation, fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within The Sponsors' control ("Force Majeure"), The Sponsors and/or Administrator shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Challenge. If the Challenge is terminated for Force Majeure before expiration of the Challenge Period, The Sponsors and/or Administrator will (if reasonably possible) select a winner from all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with the law by a duly authorized representative of both The Sponsors and Administrator. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION: ALL ISSUES AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION, AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ENTRANTS, THE SPONSORS AND/OR ADMINISTRATOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY CHOICE OF LAW OR CONFLICT OF LAWS RULES OR PROVISIONS. ANY LEGAL CLAIMS ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THE CHALLENGE OR THESE OFFICIAL RULES MUST BE BROUGHT IN THE FEDERAL OR STATE COURTS LOCATED IN ALBANY, NEW YORK.
WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain any legally-required winners list (after the conclusion of the Challenge) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed to: Health 2.0, LLC, Attn: Health 2.0 Developer Challenges, 350 Townsend Street #403, San Francisco, CA 94107. Please specify "winners list" or "Official Rules" and the name of the specific Challenge in your request.