Project HealthDesign Developer Challenge

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

Prizes

  • $2,500
Ringful

First Place:

Team Members

Michael Yuan

Background

In its first round, from 2006 to 2008, Project HealthDesign supported nine teams to design and build prototype applications that could be run on top of personal health data. We now seek designers and innovators to translate one of these nine prototypes into working applications that run on smartphones, tablets or web platforms.

Description

A key tenet of Project HealthDesign is the separation of the service used to maintain the data in someone’s personal health record (PHR) from the many apps that could be used to collect, display, analyze or otherwise turn that data into actions that would lead to better health. The nine teams were instructed to employ user-centered design techniques to design applications that would be useful to their target population, rather than to expend effort creating the underlying data services. Since the program began, a number of commercial PHR data services – most famously HealthVault and Google Health – offering data storage and development APIs have emerged.

Short videos illustrate the teams’ designs that envisioned apps supporting such health challenges as children needing to take regular medications, seniors transitioning back home after hospital care, sedentary adults, women undergoing breast cancer care, young adults with chronic conditions like hemophilia, and people with diabetes, chronic heart disease, or chronic pain. Each video shows multiple features and functions of an overall approach to helping people with an information challenge related to their health.

Review Panel

    • Judges will be drawn from the Project HealthDesign national program office, the program’s national advisory committee, and staff from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.

Evaluation Criteria

For this challenge, we are asking developers to build apps for the web, smartphones or tablets, that:

  • realize any aspects of the applications shown in the videos; and
  • are built to run on a commercially available PHR service that can securely store the data. (Project HealthDesign’s Common Platform, an open source set of components designed to provide some back-end PHR services, is not a commercial service but can also be used if the developer builds it into a commercial service.)

For example, the My-Medi-Health project designed a system that draws on a medication list and dosing instructions to set up a medication schedule that drives reminders and alerts of missed medications on a smartphone. Building on the deisgn documents and source code produced by this project, a potential team could develop an application that utilizes a commercial service like Google Health or HealthVault and smartphone platforms like iOS or Android to make a working system that would provide the functionality shown in the video.

Entries will be judged on design quality and the degree of function that they provide. Additional consideration will be give to applications that can demonstrate robustness and functionality with at least 10 sample cases.

Participating Teams

Fred Trotter
CureTogether
Painful Care @ Ringful Health

Terms & Conditions

The following terms and conditions govern the Project HealthDesign Developer Challenge (the “Challenge”) sponsored by the Pioneer Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the "Sponsor").

SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY IN THE CHALLENGE CONSTITUTES FULL AND UNCONDITIONAL AGREEMENT TO AND ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. THE CHALLENGE IS VOID WHERE OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

1. ELIGIBILITY.

Entrants in the Challenge (each, an “Entrant”) must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • The Challenge is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) states of the United States and the District of Columbia and entities organized under the laws of the fifty (50) states of the United States and the District of Columbia;
  • Entrants who are individuals must be at least eighteen (18) years of age as of the time of entry; and
  • Affiliated Persons (as defined below) are ineligible to participate in the Challenge.

As used herein, the term "Affiliated Persons" means (a) the trustees, directors, officers, shareholders, members, employees, contractors, agents, representatives and affiliates of the Sponsor and any entity associated with the funding, administration or processing of the Challenge and (b) the members of the Immediate Family (as defined below) of any of the persons identified in clause (a). The term "Immediate Family" includes a person's spouse/domestic partner and the parents, siblings, children and grandchildren of the person and his or her spouse/domestic partner.

2. ENTRIES.

By submitting an entry in the Challenge, each Entrant:

(a.) represents and warrants that (i) the Entrant is the sole author and creator of the Materials (as defined below), (ii) the Entrant has not previously assigned its intellectual property rights in the Materials (or any portion thereof) to any other person, (iii) the Materials do not violate any applicable law, and (iv) the Materials do not infringe or violate any intellectual property right held by any third person;

(b.) acknowledges and agrees that (i) any ideas, procedures, processes, systems, methods of operation, concepts, principles or discoveries described or otherwise set forth in the Materials (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 or any of the Affiliated Persons shall have any obligation to ensure that such Non-Protectable Material is treated as confidential or proprietary; and

(c.) gives the Sponsor permission to use the Entrant's name, logo, likeliness and image for purposes relating to the Challenge.

As used herein, the term “Materials” means the applications, materials, images, ideas, writings, look and feel and other property, whether or not copyrightable, submitted as an entry in the Challenge, whether alone or in conjunction with any other person or entity.

The decision of the judges and all decisions with regard to the selection and disqualification of entries shall be final and binding in all respects.

3. LICENSE.

Entrants grant the Sponsor a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, copy for use, perform publicly, and display publicly, the Materials for a period of one year after the public announcement of the winners of the Challenge.

4. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.

ENTRANTS AGREE THAT THE SPONSOR AND THE AFFILIATED PERSONS SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OT LOSSES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR RESULTING FROM ENTRY AND PARTICIPATION IN THIS CHALLENGE, ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF A PRIZE OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATED TO THIS CHALLENGE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS BASED ON PROPERTY DAMAGE, VIOLATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DEATH, PUBLICITY RIGHTS, TAXES OR OTHER DUTIES, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL CLAIMS.