Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces Challenge

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

Contact

Hemali Thakkar

Prizes

  • Phase I -
    • 5 Semi-finalist Teams will receive travel to an Aligning Forces meeting to present their applications
  • Phase II -
    • First Place: $100,000 - PLUS
    • Inclusion of the application on the 16 Aligning Forces sites or relevant community campaign sites, and lunch with Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Second Place: $25,000
    • Third Place: $5,000
First Place

AHEAD Research - Symcat

AHEAD Research - Symcat logo

Team Members

Craig Monsen & David Do

Symcat guides you from symptoms to solutions. The app features extensive symptom vocabulary, intelligent and dynamic question
generation, and machine learning to calculate probable diagnoses. Symcat uses trusted medical information from MedlinePlus and AHRQ and also utilizes personalized ratings of nearby medical facilities from RWJF AF4Q. Symcat is available as an Android and iOS app with cutting edge user interface design.

Second Place

Flexis

Flexis logo

Team Members

Andy Kogelnik & Kenneth Ng

Flexis VoIDSPAN is a mobile app with cloud-connectivity that bridges the quality information gap that occurs between patients and the health care system and engages them in their care through an integrated voice, SMS and web platform. We have amplified this system with RWJ quality data and integrated it into multiple practical case studies. VoIDSPAN allows patients to profile themselves to further increase personalization and utility of RWJF AF4Q data.

Third Place

Ringful

Ringful logo

Team Members

Michael Yuan & Doris Peter

Ringful features patient screening by conditions and procedures (AF4Q), hospital lookup, and reporting on outcomes relevant to the patient based on AF4Q data. Ringful gives recommended actions and tools tailored for the patient and the hospital, based on outcome measures (AF4Q and Consumer Reports) as well as post surgery check lists, discharge planning tools, medication education / reconciliation tools, and educational content tailored for the patient and the hospital based on outcome measures (Consumer Reports).

Background

Update: Congratulations to five semi-finalists!

  • Ringful
  • Vitality
  • AHEAD Research
  • iHealth Ventures
  • Flexis

Note: In addition to the provided data, teams are allowed to incorporate (or "mash-up") data from other sources, both public and proprietary. When integrating data sources, teams must comply with each set’s licensing and utilization requirements. Data can be read from a public site or it can be provided in more optimal format and hosted at a different location.

Aligning Forces Webinar Video 11.04.11

Aligning Forces For Quality (AF4Q) is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. Aligning Forces asks the people who get care, give care and pay for care to work together toward common, fundamental objectives to lead to better care. The $300 million commitment to improve health care in 16 communities that together cover 12% percent of the U.S. population is the largest effort of its kind ever undertaken by a U.S. philanthropy.

The premise of Aligning Forces is that no single person, group or profession can improve health and health care throughout a community without support of others. Aligning Forces asks these critical stakeholders to work toward common, fundamental objectives that RWJF and others believe will lead to better care. For example, we believe that measuring and reporting on health care, if done right, can 1) help providers improve their own ability to deliver quality care; 2) help providers measure and publicly report their performance; and 3) help patients and consumers understand their vital role in recognizing and demanding high-quality care.

RWJF launched the first phase of Aligning Forces for Quality in 2006 as an effort to help communities build health care systems where none existed. Right now, while pockets of excellent health care exist across the country, most health care markets function as fragmented sectors, with different entities often working within their own silos. The first phase of Aligning Forces provided community leadership teams with grants and substantial expert assistance to help them work with physicians to improve quality of care, to measure and publicly report on the quality of ambulatory care, and to engage consumers to make informed choices about their own health and health care. The program expanded in June 2008 to include inpatient care, as well as a focus on reducing racial and ethnic gaps in care and enhancing the central role that nursing plays in good health care.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public's health. RWJF supports programs in the areas of: obesity, health coverage, human capital, health pioneering, public health, health care quality and equality, and vulnerable populations. The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Our goal is clear: To help our society transform itself for the better.

Description

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces Challenge will be the most ambitious project undertaken to date in the history of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge. The goals of the Challenge are:

  • Develop an application that helps patients access better health care using publicly available inpatient and outpatient measures of health care quality from the Aligning Forces program.
  • The application should walk patients through the decision making process for accessing inpatient and outpatient health resources in much the same way that TurboTax guides users through the process of submitting a tax filing.
  • Data from the Challenge will come from Aligning Forces program sites and may include measures related to diabetes outcomes, antibiotic use, cancer screening, child health care, prevention, and others.

Timeline

  • Phase I Submission Period Begins: October 28, 2011
  • Phase I Submission Period for Entries Ends: January 5, 2012
  • Phase II Development Period Begins: Early January, 2012
  • Phase II Development Period for Entries Ends: Late April, 2012
  • Winner Announced: HDI Successor Day, June 2012

Review Panel

    • Mylia Christensen
    • Oregon Health Care, Quality Corporation
    • Christine Amy
    • WellSpan Health
    • Rosemary Den Ouden
    • Humboldt Del Norte IPA
    • John Gallager
    • Puget Sound Health Alliance
    • Diane Francis
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Lenora Koyton
    • SBC Global
    • Shelley Hirshberg
    • P2 Corporation
    • Vernice Anthony
    • VDA Health Connect
    • Sridhar Sunkara
    • Laura Bloom
    • Minnesota Community Measurement
    • Sherry Reynolds
    • Alliance4Health
    • Corey Baker
    • AT&T
    • Cindy Schlough
    • Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
    • TJ Dube
    • The Health Collaborative

Evaluation Criteria

Key evaluation for judging will include:

  • Potential impact to improve the quality of care for application users
  • Effective integration of data from Aligning Forces sources into the application
  • Design, usability and intuitiveness of application
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Ability to demonstrate real world impact (Phase 2)

Submission Requirements

  • Teams must register for the challenge to gain access to the available datasets. Upon registration Health 2.0 will follow up with each team individually to vet the participants and provide an overview of available data resources.
  • In addition to the provided data, teams are allowed to incorporate (or "mash-up") data from other sources, both public and proprietary. When integrating data sources, teams must comply with each set’s licensing and utilization requirements. Data can be read from a public site or it can be provided in more optimal format and hosted at a different location.
  • A registration button and related link for the challenge can be found at the top of the right hand column of this page. Teams are asked to register to help Health 2.0 and the challenge sponsor anticipate resources needed to manage the project.
  • Registered teams may receive updates from Health 2.0 and the Sponsor during the submission period that provide useful information with regards to the competition.
  • There are no additional forms or steps required after submission of the registration form. Instructions on how to submit an entry will be sent prior to the close of the submission deadline. Teams are not bound or limited by the proposal description submitted in the registration form and may update or modify their projects as needed prior to final submission.

Participating Teams

Mick Schroeder
braincrew.net
Squishymedia
Fact Fiber
Dulcian
Wisk
MxSecure
Metacognition
Critical Juncture
Ringful Health
NB
Big Yellow Star
iHealthVentures
Selcouth
wowza
Team MD
Milliman TOPS
Greg Lavallee
iFinditChicago
Tekmeca
JGo Labs
Neologicats
The Brown Academy
MCIC - Health Atlas
YWDA
Madhouse
Databean
Team Jamajic and WorldDoc
Medlium
Polyglot
Fresh Digital Group
InfoAlchemy
HDT
mDynamik
Innovations in Health
VetterHealth
Studio Magnus
All Too Easy
AHEAD Research
Flexis
Refugee
Health Collaborative
Maui
VENARC
DataViz
R+J
HealthMates
IHEP - Innovative Home Exercise Programs
IFeelGreat
Vitality
Deep Pocket Series LLC
EchoPhi
GWSI
ETrainer Health

Terms & Conditions

DEVELOPER CHALLENGE SERIES

ALIGNING FORCES FOR QUALITY (ALIGNING FORCES) 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 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ("Sponsor").

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

CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION: Phase 1 of the Challenge begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time Friday, October 28, 2011 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2012 ("Challenge Period"). Phase 2 begins in early January, 2012 and ends in late April, 2012. The Challenge seeks to develop an application that helps patients access better health care using publicly available inpatient and outpatient measures of health care quality from the ALIGNING FORCES program. Five (5) submissions will be selected for a semi-final round and three (3) submissions will be selected as first, second and third place winners based on the judging criteria set forth below. The semi-finalist teams will receive the opportunity to travel to an ALIGNING FORCES conference meeting to present their submissions. The first place winner will receive $100,000, inclusion of the application on the 16 ALIGNING FORCES websites, and 2 free passes to the Health 2.0 spring conference. The second place winner will receive $25,000 and the third place winner will receive $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 judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open only to (a) companies that have been incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States of America and (b) individuals (whether participating alone or as part of a team) who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and are 18 years old or older as of their time of entry. U.S. Federal entities or U.S. 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.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter: (a) develop an application that helps patients access better health care using publicly available inpatient and outpatient measures of health care quality from the ALIGNING FORCES program ("Submission"); (b) go to the website located at www.health2challenge.org (the "Challenge Website"), complete the Official Registration Form, and submit your Submission, emulator or video demonstrating the Submission's capabilities and functionality, and PowerPoint 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 no more than five (5) 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 submission requirements as detailed on the challenge website. 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 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. First, Second and Third place teams grant the Sponsor and all related Alliance sites the right to display (via web link, iframe, or other presentation modality) the winning applications on any and all corporate websites for a period of one year after the winning entries are announced. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds extensive research across a wide range of disciplines. The Foundation may currently fund or may in the future fund projects that may be directly or indirectly related to entries submitted for the ALIGNING FORCES 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.

DATA ACCESS: Use of provided data for reasons other than those delineated in the purposes of the Challenge is strictly prohibited. Failure to comply with proscribed data terms is a violation of the terms and conditions put forth in this agreement. Unacceptable use of data includes, but is not limited to, its access for non-challenge related purposes, extraction for other databases, replication or dissemination. The sponsor and administrator make no representations or warranties with respect to the data provided, and any and all implied warranties with respect thereto are expressly disclaimed.

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/JUDGING CRITERIA: A panel of judges will select five (5) semi-finalist and three (3) finalist Submissions from among all eligible entries based on the following judging criteria:

  • Potential impact to improve the quality of care for application users
  • Effective integration of data from ALIGNING FORCES sources into the application
  • Design, usability and intuitiveness of application
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Ability to demonstrate real world impact (Phase 2)

The judging criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of Sponsor and the individual judges. 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 judges.

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, only one (1) will win. 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 first place winner will receive $100,000, inclusion of the application on the 16 ALIGNING FORCES websites, and 2 free passes to the Health 2.0 spring conference. The second place winner will receive $25,000 and the third place winner will receive $5,000. Prizes will be distributed within 90 days of the announcement of the winners.

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.