PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

Contact

Alicia Davis

Prizes

  • First Place $100,000
  • Second Place $35,000
  • Third Place $15,000

This challenge asks developers to create an app to match and connect patients, stakeholders and researchers interested in patient-centered outcomes research. Submissions require a PowerPoint presentation, a working web-based version and a link to a working emulator version of the app.

First Place

PatientPowered.Us

Team Members

Sean Ahrens
Second Place

WellSpringBoard

Team Members

Matthew Davis, Anna Kauffman, Jamie Racklyeft, Aalap Doshi, Dianne Singer
Third Place

CareHubs

Team Members

Paula Gill, Paul Speyser, Corey Shaffer, Mike Barbary, Aparna Khambampati

Background

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was authorized in 2010 by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to help patients make better-informed health and health care decisions, and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes, by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based information.

PCORI’s strategic goals are to increase the quality and quantity of useful information to support health decision-making; to speed the implementation of this information into healthcare practice, and to influence research funded by others to be more patient-centered. To accomplish this, we bring patients, caregivers and other stakeholders fully into the research process. This includes collaborating with researchers in critical activities such as formulating research questions, developing research materials, determining research protocols, and helping to review and disseminate study results.

However, as non-traditional participants in research, patients and stakeholders are not always equipped to find researchers with whom they can partner. In addition, researchers may be inexperienced at recruiting patients and stakeholders to contribute to research endeavors.

The PCORI Challenge Initiative- hosted in 2013 with Health 2.0- asked developers to design concepts and prototypes of a “matching” mechanism or system which connects patients, stakeholders and researchers interested in seeking funding for rigorous patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The winners for the PCORI Challenge Initiative were announced in June 2013.

PCORI staff identified the best features of the winning concepts and proposals. With this information, we determined the necessary elements of a matchmaking app that patients, stakeholders, and researchers can use to make connections with each other, and embark on collaborative, patient-centered outcomes research projects.

Description

PCORI’s Matchmaking App Challenge offers an opportunity for developers to create a polished app, ready for publication in an app store. The app will be used by patients, stakeholders, and researchers who want to partner with each other and conduct PCOR. PCORI identifies the “patients” community as patients, caregivers, and patient or caregiver advocates. Stakeholders, as defined by our organization, include health systems, policymakers, training institutions, clinicians, purchasers, payers, and the medical device and pharmaceutical industry.

In responding to this challenge, entrants should see that proposed solutions address such issues as:

  • The technical feasibility, usability and scalability of the proposed app
  • The differences in the ways that patients, caregivers and researchers understand, describe and seek answers to the health or health care problems they face or the issues they seek to address
  • Maximizing “patient-centeredness,” as well as scientific rigor
  • The particular challenges of serving "hard-to-reach" audiences, including, but not limited to, ethnic and racial minorities, rural populations, the elderly, physically challenged and non-English speakers

GUIDELINES:
The development of partnerships between patients, stakeholders and researchers helps to build an infrastructure for patient-centered outcomes research, and achieve PCORI’s three strategic goals. The purpose of this challenge is to fund an innovative mechanism that increases access for patients, researchers, and other stakeholders to partner with each other to conduct patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR.) The elements of “partnership” in patient-centered outcomes research include:

  • Topic generation and prioritization;
  • Research question development;
  • Research study methods design;
  • Governance and structure of the research team;
  • Recruitment of sites and participants; and,
  • Developing models of dissemination for the research results.

1. The ultimate objective of the winning app is to facilitate the creation of partnerships between patients, researchers, and other stakeholders. The winning entries must be able to address the guidelines below, and ultimately, should be able to facilitate partnerships between all user types: Patients, Stakeholders, and Researchers.

Please note that patients, researchers, and stakeholders who connect via the winning entry(ies) could be international, however, they must ultimately be engaging in work that is likely to provide demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system.

2. The submissions should have a native app, and, either a web-based version or a responsive webpage component.

  1. Required features for the app are as follows:
    • Facilitates creation of partnerships among all user types: Researchers, Stakeholder, Patient
    • Users must be able to self-select the user type(s) with which they primarily identify
    • Internal (user-only) communication platform
    • Ability to translate from English, and/or a plan for translating the app into various languages
    • Section 508 compliance
    • Interoperability/ ability to integrate with pre-existing research networks (such as, clinicialtrials.gov, and the PCORnet CDRNs and PPRNs)
    • A clear designation that participation in the application (web or mobile version) is voluntary and, therefore, disclosing personal medical information is the app user’s choice and responsibility.
    • An open-access analytics dashboard/feature that allows non-registered users, PCORI and other funders, and research institutions to retrieve data about the existing network. Data points should include, but not be limited to: number of users; number and nature of partnerships created; where users access the network from (mobile app, full website); user concentration by geography; frequency with which users access the app. Additional data points may be customizable to winning developer based on the functionality of the app.
  2. Other features for the app may include, but are not limited to:
    • Social media integration for external networking
    • Robust user profiles including designation of user type (patient, stakeholder, researcher- and all subcategories as defined by PCORI), institutional affiliations, etc.
    • Advanced search options (such as geocoding)
    • Customizable displays, which allows users to filter and display their network by category (disease condition, geography, individual. Consider the features LinkedIn uses to display existing relationships and suggested connections)

Additional Requirements:

To qualify for a prize under this challenge, entrants must adhere to the following conditions:
Access. Contestants must provide continuous and open access to the entry, along with a detailed description of the app, installation and operating instructions, and system requirements.

No use of PCORI logo. The submission must not display or otherwise make use of the PCORI logo and any related branding or content or state or imply any official relationship with PCORI.

Functionality/accuracy. Submissions must function as outlined in the accompanying description provided by the entrant. Information provided by entrants must be accurate and complete.

Security. Submissions must be free of malware.

Timeline

  • Challenge Launch Date: March 24, 2014
  • Application Submission Deadline: August 15, 2014
  • Judging: August 15 - 29, 2014
  • Winner Announced: September 21 - 24, 2014

Review Panel

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation criteria may include:

  • Program Fit: meets the basic requirement of facilitating the creation of partnerships between researchers, stakeholders, and patients
  • Creativity: uniqueness and innovation in approach to fulfilling the mandatory requirements; the variety and value of additional features
  • User interface and user experience (UI/UX): overall look, feel of various displays and ease of use of all features
  • Evidence of co-design: the inclusion of patients and stakeholders in the app design and development process
  • Sensitivity: demonstrated cultural awareness; consideration of the variety of potential users (PCORI’s priority populations)
  • Incentive: impetus users have to download the app and return to use it frequently
  • Past Performance: evidence of the volume and quality of the app developer’s previous experience in creating technology solutions for community-building; these do not need to be health-related (judged only from the “Past Performance” slide in the .PDF submission)

Review Process:

  • Virtual Judging on Health 2.0’s Online Judging Platform
  • Panel will include PCORI staff; patient and stakeholder representatives from PCORI’s Advisory Panelists and technology experts
  • Applications and mock-ups reviewed online
  • Quantitative/qualitative scores submitted online

Submission Requirements

  • Up to 10 PowerPoint slides (.PDF format) explaining the submission. Of the 10 slides:
    • Dedicate one slide to a promotional/marketing strategy, that will maximize the app’s sustainability in the marketplace, and expand reach and use of the app by the general public, including those already interested in PCOR and those who have no knowledge of PCOR/PCORI yet.
    • Dedicate one slide to explain the app developer’s past performance; examples of past performance do not have to be health-related projects.
    • Dedicate one slide to the design team.
  • A link to a working web-based version of the entry.
  • A link to a working emulator version of the mobile app - We suggest using browserstack.com. - Entries that require the judges to download the app are ineligible.
  • Applicants will submit information for a financial contact and authorized representative who has the authority to sign for the organization; include name, telephone, and e-mail address for both, as well as a W-9 for the organization.

Terms & Conditions

PCORI CHALLENGE (the "Challenge")

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

SPONSOR: The sponsor of this Challenge is PCORI, 1828 L St., NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 ("Sponsor").

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 12:30pm Eastern Time on Monday, March 24, 2014 and ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Sunday, August 15, 2014 ("Challenge Period"). Entry into the Challenge does not constitute entry into any other challenge or promotion, including, without limitation, other similar challenges or promotions offered by Sponsor 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 Sponsor, 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, anywhere in any country or territory, except for Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, North Korea and Quebec.In addition, the Challenge is open to any organizational entity (corporation, non-profit, etc.) operating lawfully in the United States. Employees of Sponsor, Administrator, each of their affiliates, 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 not eligible to participate in the Challenge.U.S. Federal entities or U.S. Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. Each team must be represented by an individual (“Team Leader”) who must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Additionally, teams must be represented by an Authorized Financial Representative (who can also be the Team Leader) who must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter go to the website located at www.health2challenge.org (the "Challenge Website"), complete the Official Entry Form, and submit your Submission demonstrating the Submission's capabilities and functionality, and slide presentation describing the submission according to the instructions posted on 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 entered into the Challenge must meet the "Submission Requirements" described by the challenge Sponsor (any Submission that, in Sponsor's sole discretion, violates the following criteria will be disqualified). 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.

Submissions must be received during the Challenge Period to be eligible. Administrator is the official timekeeper for the Challenge. No substitutions of new versions of Submissions will be accepted under any circumstances once the original Submission is submitted for consideration. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the individual or team who actually submitted the entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor's and/or Administrator's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Except as otherwise stated in these Official Rules, personal information collected in connection with the Challenge will be used by Sponsor in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy available at http://www.pcori.org/home/privacy/ and by Administrator in accordance with Administrator's privacy policy available on the Website and with any additional consent given by an entrant at the time of entry. All entry information and materials, including any copy of the Submission submitted to Sponsor, become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Furthermore, Sponsor and Administrator shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by Sponsor and/or Administrator. Sponsor and Administrator assume no liability or responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft, or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Submissions.

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 Sponsor 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, Sponsor reserves the right, in Sponsor's sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Submission, or seek to secure the licenses and releases for Sponsor's benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in the Challenge. Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Sponsor 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. Sponsor and/or Administrator reserves the right to disqualify any Submission that Sponsor 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 Sponsor 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. Winners grant the Sponsor the right to display (via all presentation formats and media) the winning applications on any and all Sponsor websites, for a period Sponsor determines necessary to comply with statutorily required transparency standards. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) may fund, now or in the future, projects that may be directly or indirectly related to entries submitted for this Challenge. By submitting an entry, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that (i) any ideas, procedures, processes, systems, methods of operation, concepts, principles or discoveries described or otherwise set forth in the Submission (collectively, "Non-Protectable Material") are not subject to intellectual property protection, including, but not limited to, protection under the Copyright Law of the United States (title 17 of the United States Code) and (ii) none of the Sponsor, Administrator or any of their affiliates shall have any obligation to ensure that such Non-Protectable Material is treated as confidential or proprietary.

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 Sponsor and/or Administrator, on the one hand, and any entrant in the Challenge, on the other hand, each entrant hereby irrevocably (a) grants to Sponsor 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 Sponsor and Administrator from any liability with respect thereto.

WINNER SELECTION/EVALUATION CRITERIA: A review panel will choose 3 top winners from all eligible entries based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Program Fit: meets the basic requirement of facilitating the creation of partnerships between researchers, stakeholders, and patients
  • Creativity: uniqueness and innovation in approach to fulfilling the mandatory requirements; the variety and value of additional features
  • User interface and user experience (UI/UX): overall look, feel of various displays and ease of use of all features
  • Evidence of co-design: the inclusion of patients and stakeholders in the app design and development process
  • Sensitivity: demonstrated cultural awareness; consideration of the variety of potential users (PCORI’s priority populations)
  • Incentive: impetus users have to download the app and return to use it frequently
  • Past Performance: evidence of the volume and quality of the app developer’s previous experience in creating technology solutions for community-building; these do not need to be health-related (judged only from the “Past Performance” slide in the .PDF submission)

The evaluation criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of Sponsor and the individual reviewers. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant into the Challenge acknowledges and agrees that such evaluations may differ from person to person and agrees to be bound by and not challenge the final decisions of Sponsor and the individual reviewers.

NOTICE TO WINNERS: Attempts to notify potential winners will be made using the contact information provided on the winner's Official Entry Form. Sponsor 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. Sponsor 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. Actual odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor and Administrator cannot accurately predict the number of entrants who will participate in the Challenge.

PRIZES:
There will be a tiered award structure:

  • First Prize - $100,000; Payment schedule: 60% ($60,000) awarded upon winning the challenge; remaining 40% ($40,000) awarded upon publication to Google Play, the Apple iTunes store or other publicly available app store (subject to approval by the Sponsor).
  • Second Prize - $35,000 (100% paid upon award)
  • Third Prize - $15,000 (100% paid upon award)

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 Sponsor's 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. No cash alternative or substitution or transfer of prizes will be allowed, except Sponsor 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; SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR ARE NOT
RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES.

ADDITIONAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: The potential winner (First Place) agrees as a condition of accepting any portion of the prize that their mobile applications will be available for free use and download by the public for a period of one (1) year following the announcement of the Winner and publication in a sponsor approved application store. In addition, the Sponsor will only distribute prizes to one entity or one individual per team AND the Sponsor will only distribute prizes to United States-based companies, the Team Leader or the authorized financial representative of the winning team indicated on the Final Submission Form or the authorized financial representative of the winning team, as indicated on the Final Submission Form. Team Leader and authorized financial representative are subject to eligibility criteria above. The Sponsor and Administrator will not be responsible for mediating any disputes, including disputes about prize distribution, between members of the same team

DATES/DEADLINES: Because of the unique nature and scope of the Challenge, Sponsor 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 Sponsor 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 Sponsor 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. Sponsor 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, Sponsor 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. Sponsor 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 Sponsor 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 Sponsor 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 Sponsor's control ("Force Majeure"), Sponsor 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, Sponsor 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 Sponsor 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, SPONSOR AND/OR ADMINISTRATOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA 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 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.

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, 650 Delancey Street #221, San Francisco, CA 94107. Please specify "winners list" or "Official Rules" and the name of the specific Challenge in your request.
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