Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

Prizes

  • First Place: $85,000 plus conference exhibition opportunity
  • Second Place: $10,000
  • Third Place: $5,000

First Place

Big Yellow Star

Team Members

Damien Leri, Anne Teitleman, Marilyn Stringer, Ben Koditschek

Everhealthier Women is a mobile web app that helps women track cancer prevention tasks, for themselves and others in their “healthy circle” through mobile web and SMS text messaging. The tasks, which users track for themselves and their loved ones, are the screenings and prevention behaviors that match their age and profile according to national guidelines. Everhealthier Women provides up-to-date information on a variety of health issues and links to online resources including a diversity of organizations’ cancer care and prevention Facebook and Twitter feeds and locates local providers. Everhealthier Women is currently bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

Second Place

Team Broadstone

Team Members

Taimur Aslam

Team Broadstone’s solution (http://www.nonmaskable.com/) raises awareness around cancer prevention in women of color by empowering them with the information and tools needed to actively manage their health and well-being. Our application is designed to work on smartphones, feature phones, and web browsers.

Third Place (Tied)

Hw-Technology

Team Members

Luis Manon

Imagination is more important than knowledge, therefore this Cancer awareness application’s main objective is to help our undeserved community be better informed about cancer in a way that every single one of us can understand. The app’s main focus is to bring people the information about cancer in their own native language and to persuade them to keep fighting against cancer and share their experiences with our community who are suffering fighting cancer.

Third Place (Tied)

Cancerguard

Team Members

Ramesh Nair

Cancergaurd is an iPhone app which aims to help reduce the risk of cancer among minority women by various tools and services like Cancer Guide, Workshops, Publications, Counseling, Events, Support Groups and EHR's.

Honorable Mention

Support Health

Team Members

Sudheen Kumar, Satisha Narahari

Support Health – an android based mobile app, is designed for Patients, Physicians and Sponsors, built to empower women in minority and underserved communities to fight and prevent cancer. Support health has numerous features to prevent and monitor cancer, some of the notable ones are multi-lingual support, Hospital Search, Symptoms tracker, health alerts, diagnostic history, Share medical record. (between patients, physicians and Sponsors)

Recent Updates

Winners announced below!

Background

Disparities in prevention, early treatment, and final outcomes exist across the spectrum of cancer types and are often amplified in women’s health when we look at breast cancer and gynecologic cancers—primarily cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer. With over 300,000 new cases combined and 68,000 deaths annually, the impact that these cancers have on the United States cannot be overstated. While the incidence and prevalence of these malignancies is as socially and geographically diverse as our nation, they strike minority and underserved women with a disproportionate lethality caused by many factors, among them:

  • Access to and engagement in comprehensive preventive care services;
  • Referral and access to appropriate treatment centers, including tertiary cancer centers for advanced treatment protocols, especially when there is a need for complex care coordination across medical, surgical, and radiation oncologic teams; and
  • The radical nature of therapy for advanced cases eliminates those without extremely strong social supports.

In particular, the prevention strategies for these cancers cross the gamut of social and technical modalities from radiology (e.g., mammography) to advanced immunotherapy and vaccination (e.g., HPV vaccine). The clinical communities that treat and care for these patients are, likewise, among the broadest group of clinical disciplines that can be aggregated—from primary care and the surgical specialties to some of the most cutting-edge radiation oncology and medical oncology groups. But more importantly, any failure of our healthcare system to adequately prevent one of these cancers is most often a failure to address a myriad of social challenges, from education and access to health literacy and community support.

Description

This challenge is a multidisciplinary call to innovators and developers to create a mobile device-optimized tool that engages and empowers women to improve the prevention and treatment of breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer in underserved and minority communities and interfaces with provider electronic health records (EHRs). The tool will achieve the following:

  • Provide general information regarding preventive and screening services for breast and gynecologic cancers—including, but not limited to, benefits, timing, scheduling, and location.
  • Allow for the interface with patient health records or provider-sponsored patient portals to provide specific reminders and trigger electronic health record-based clinical decision support regarding the timing of preventive services.
  • Support the storage, viewing, and exchange of complex patient care plans. In particular, the tool will help strengthen communication among provider care teams, possibly spread out across large geographic locations, to afford optimal remote follow-up (e.g., be able to send patient information to electronic health records via Direct).
  • Support patient engagement and care giver support to help patients and/or their caregivers keep track of complex care plans, such as connections to community health workers, promotores de salud, or patient navigators.
  • Be optimized for use on mobile devices.

Timeline

  • Submission Period Begins: August 23, 2012
  • Submission Period for Entries Ends: February 5, 2013
  • Evaluation Process for Entries Begins: February 22, 2013
  • Evaluation Process for Entries Ends: March 26, 2013
  • Winners notified: April 5, 2013
  • Winners Announced: April 22 - 26, 2013 during Minority Health Month

Review Panel

Evaluation Criteria

The review panel will make selections based upon the following criteria, which will be weighed equally:

  • Patient engagement: Incorporating patient-reported information
  • Quality and accessibility of information: Providing high quality, evidence-based information and interventions using plain language, a clear display that considers usability on a small-screen interface (Web Usability and Aging, Usability and Mobile Devices), and targeting patients with a range of health literacy levels
  • Targeted and actionable information: Providing tailored information, recommendations, and reminders
  • Links to online communities and/or social media: Link patients with others who are facing the same health challenges through social media sites or organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, and to other sources of support, such as community health workers, patient navigators, or promotores de salud
  • Innovativeness and usability: Innovativeness and an easy-to-use interface for patients with a range of experiences and comfort levels with technology
  • Non-English language availability: Availability of the tool in languages used in minority and underserved communities

Submission Requirements

The 'Registration Form' is Step 1 of 2 for entry into this challenge. By registering, you indicate your interest in participating in the Challenge and will automatically receive a 'Final Submission Form' upon registration. You must complete this 'Final Submission Form', including the required elements for the final submission, prior to the Challenge deadline. Your completed submission will be considered for judging only once this second form is received.

Final Submission Form requirements include:

  • 5-minute video demo of application (video must be uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo)
  • Powerpoint deck (less than 5 slides) describing application
  • Brief summary of application (less than 250 words)
  • Link to working application (optional)

In order for an entry to be eligible to win this Challenge, it must meet the following requirements:

  1. General – Contestants must provide continuous access to the app, a detailed description of the app, instructions on how to install and operate the app, and system requirements required to run the app (collectively, “Submission”)
  2. No HHS or ONC logo – The app must not use HHS’ or ONC’s logo or official seal in the Submission, and must not claim endorsement
  3. Functionality/Accuracy – A Submission may be disqualified if the application fails to function as expressed in the description provided by the user, or if the application provides inaccurate or incomplete information
  4. Security – Submissions must be free of malware. Contestant agrees that the ONC may conduct testing on the app to determine whether malware or other security threats may be present. ONC may disqualify the app if, in ONC’s judgment, the app may damage government or others’ equipment or operating environment

Partners

Cancer 101 (C101)

CANCER101 (C101) is a non profit patient advocacy organization founded in 2002, whose mission is to empower, inform and engage cancer patients and their caregivers to take control over their diagnoses and partner with their healthcare team to make informed decisions by navigating the cancer journey. C101 meets the cancer patient on the front line and turns a chaotic experience into a calm and organized plan of attack, provides innovative tools and resources patients and caregivers need to manage their chronic condition in partnership with their healthcare team, and addresses unmet need through landscape assessments and collaborative efforts.

Bright Pink

Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals. We empower young women to be proactive advocates for their breast and ovarian health. Our innovative education and support initiatives inform young women about their lifetime breast/ovarian cancer risk, help them develop a prevention/early detection strategy based upon risk and offer support and a sense of community to women who are at high-risk for these diseases.

Media Collateral

Challenge Informational Webinar Recording

Challenge Informational Webinar Slides

Terms & Conditions

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:  US Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT ("Sponsor").

ADMINISTRATOR:  The administrator of the Challenge is Health 2.0, LLC, 650 Delancey St, #221, San Francisco, CA 94107 ("Administrator")

CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION:  The Challenge begins at 1:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, August 24, 2012 and ends at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ("Challenge Period"). The Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge calls innovators and developers to create a mobile device-optimized tool that engages and empowers women to improve the prevention and treatment of breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer in underserved and minority communities and interfaces with provider electronic health records (EHRs). The teams that submit the winning applications will win: 1.) First Place - $85,000 and a demo opportunity, 2.) Second Place - $10,000 and 3.) Third Pace - $5,000.  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 advisors, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity: (a) Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; (b) Shall have complied with all the requirements under this section; (c)  In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, participating in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and 18 years old or older as of the time of entry; and (d) May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment.  An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis.  Employees of Sponsor, Administrator, each of their affiliates, and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, evaluation, 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.

HOW TO ENTER:  To enter:  (a) create a mobile device-optimized tool that engages and empowers women to improve the prevention and treatment of breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer in underserved and minority communities and interfaces with provider electronic health records (EHRs).  ("Submission"); (b) go to the website located at www.health2challenge.org (the "Challenge Website"), complete the Official Registration Form to officially register for the competition; (c) prior to the submission deadline you will receive additional instructions to submit your entry, a video demonstrating the Submission's capabilities and functionality, and an electronic slide presentation describing the submission according to the instructions posted on the Challenge Website.  You may only enter 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.  All participants are required to provide written consent to the rules upon or before submitting an entry.  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 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 reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display, and use the Submission to the extent necessary to administer the challenge, and to publically perform and publicly 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 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.

U.S. GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, RIGHTS, AND WAIVER:   Sponsor and Administrator are administering the Challenge with the support of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services pursuant to the American COMPETES Reauthorization Act (the "Act").  Subsection (j) of section 24 of the Act establishes that the Government is prohibited from acquiring an interest in intellectual property developed by a participant in a prize competition, such as the Challenge, without the written consent of the participant.  Registered participants shall be required to agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in a competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise. Participants shall be required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility, in amounts determined by the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, for claims by (a) a third party for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss resulting from an activity carried out in connection with participation in a competition, with the Federal Government named as an additional insured under the registered participant's insurance policy and registered participants agreeing to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to competition activities; and (b) the Federal Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such an activity.

WINNER SELECTION/EVALUATION CRITERIA:  The ONC review panel will make selections based upon the following criteria:

  • Patient engagement: Incorporating patient-reported information
  • Quality and accessibility of information: Providing high quality, evidence-based information and interventions using plain language, a
    clear display that considers usability on a small-screen interface (Web Usability and Aging, Usability and Mobile Devices), and targeting patients with a range of health literacy levels
  • Targeted and actionable information: Providing tailored information, recommendations, and reminders
  • Links to online communities and/or social media: Link patients with others who are facing the same health challenges through social media sites or organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, and to other sources of support, such as community health workers, patient navigators, or promotores de salud
  • Innovativeness and usability: Innovativeness and an easy-to-use interface for patients with a range of experiences and comfort levels with technology
  • Non-English language availability: Availability of the tool in languages used in minority and underserved communities

The evaluation criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of Sponsor and the individual advisors.  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 advisors.

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, three winning submissions will be selected.  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:  The winning teams will receive: 1.) First Place - $85,000 and a demo opportunity 2.) Second Place - $10,000 and 3.) Third Pace - $5,000.

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 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.

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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