RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

Contact

Hemali Thakkar

Prizes

  • Visualization Challenge (Total) $30,000
  • ==> Interactive: 1st Place | 2nd Place | 3rd Place $9,000 | $7,000 | $3,000
  • ==> Static: 1st Place | 2nd Place | 3rd Place $6,000 | $3,500 | $1,500
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  • Apps and Tools Challenge (Total) $90,000
  • ==> Semi-Finalists (5) $5,000
  • ==> 1st Place | 2nd Place | 3rd Place $50,000 | $10,000 | $5,000

In addition to the prizes, winners will get additional support, including: an opportunity to interact with experts and tech innovators to get input on their ideas, advisory services to drive use of and adoption of their ideas, A testing environment or test bed, potentially with grantees.

First Place (Apps & Tools)

Consumer Reports

Team Members

Paige Amidon, Doris Peter, Chris Baily, Kristina Mycek, Kathy Person, Patricia Ju, Shane Shelley

Consumer Reports (CR) Hospital Adviser: Hip & Knee is a personalized tool for health-care consumers seeking the best hospital for hip or knee replacement surgery. Created specifically for the RWJF Challenge, it combines CR Hospital Quality Ratings with Medicare cost data to create an overall High Value recommendation. Consumers can compile all their research, including reports of other people’s experiences, in one place.

Second Place (Apps & Tools)

ReferMe Health

Team Members

Arjun Ohri and Andrew Huang

ReferMe is like Kayak or Yelp for Medical Procedures. Patients tell us what procedure they’re looking for and we find the best hospital for them based on price, quality, and location. We help them answer (1) “How much will I pay?”, (2) “Where can I get the best quality?”, and (3) “What do other people like me say?” We use Responsive Design to maintain a simple, rich experience on web, tablet, and mobile. Finally, we put the patient first by explaining how to prepare for the procedure. Learn more at http://www.refermehealth.com.

Third Place (Apps & Tools)

NerdWallet Health

Team Members

Christina LaMontange, Young Kim, Vickie Chiang, Napala Pratini

In two clicks, our Best Hospitals web app provides our user with a recommended hospital for her treatment and location. We use CMS, HCAHPS, and Google geo-location data to provide custom advice. User testing our initial concepts taught us a lot. Our easy-to-use features meet user needs: (1) Visualize hospital locations on simple maps, (2) Sort hospital data, (3) Compare selected hospitals, (3) Browse by specialty and much more. Learn more at www.nerdwallet.com/health.

Recent Updates

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS AND FINALISTS!
 
Interactive Visualization Category Winners:

  • First Place ($9,000): Optimal Hospital by Adam McCann
  • Second Place ($7,000): Clinic Optimizer by Drake Pruitt, Mauro Brunato, and Roberto Battiti
  • Third Place ($3,000): CrystalCare by Sagar Sawant and Kumar A. Mandal
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    Static Visualization Category Winners:

  • First Place ($6,000): So You Need Knee Replacement Surgery by Esther Chak and Mayr-Jo Valentino
  • Second Place ($3,500): wHealth by Edward Kim and James Park
  • Third Place ($1,500): Hospital Prices and Consumer Assessment by Melvin Hill
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    Apps & Tools Category Finalists ($5,000 each):

  • Consumer Reports – Chris Baily
  • Haberham Health – Jacob Byrne
  • Nerdwallet Health – Christina LaMontagne
  • ProcedureTap – Tony Webster
  • ReferMe – Arjun Ohri and Andrew Huang
  • Background

    Transformation of the health care delivery system cannot occur without greater price transparency. Efforts to increase price transparency have multiplied in recent years, but much remains to be done. Hospital prices are particularly opaque, and vary significantly depending on who is paying the bill, as described in a recent Time Magazine article by Stephen Brill. Currently consumers, employers, and communities don’t know what a hospital will charge them for a given procedure or how much of a price difference there is at different hospitals.

    There is increasing pressure for hospitals to be more transparent about their pricing. Some state governments, such as Arizona, Florida, and California, require that hospitals publish data on hospital charges. The Affordable Care Act now requires that all hospitals publish their prices for the most frequently performed services beginning in 2014.

    In an effort to increase price transparency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 8th, 2013 publicly released for the first time a data set showing what hospitals charged and what Medicare paid for the100 most common Medicare inpatient stays (Diagnostic Related Groups or DRGs) in 2011.

    The data show the enormous variation in hospital charges across and within communities. For example, average inpatient charges for services a hospital may provide in connection with a joint replacement range from a low of $5,300 at a hospital in Ada, Okla., to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, Calif. Even within the same geographic area, hospital charges for similar services can vary significantly. For example, average inpatient hospital charges for services that may be provided to treat heart failure range from a low of $21,000 to a high of $46,000 in Denver, Colo., and from a low of $9,000 to a high of $51,000 in Jackson, Miss.

    Hospital charges are the starting point for how much hospitals get paid—what is ultimately paid and who pays it depends on whether the patient is insured and the insurer’s contract with the hospital. Patients who are uninsured are often billed undiscounted charges.

    There has been an enormous amount of interest in these data. The inpatient file has been downloaded more than 200,000 times by users from more than 130 countries. On June 3, 2013 CMS also released an outpatient data set, containing charges and Medicare payments for 30 select Ambulatory Payment Classification Codes (APCs), by facility.

    Description

    The RWJF Hospital Price Data Challenge is designed to increase understanding and use of this recently released hospital price data. The challenge seeks entries from developers that fit into one of two categories. The visualization category encourages submissions that allow users to better understand aspects of the data such as the regional patterns or variation by procedures. These submissions may include simple tools that allow users to visualize the data in different ways. The applications/tools challenge encourages submissions that provide an analytical capacity, potentially by combining the price data with other sources of information.

    For both categories, the fundamental goal is to help users better understand and potentially use hospital charge data. As appropriate, participants should incorporate other sources of data (i.e. demographic, quality, economic) to put hospital price data in context and to increase the possibility that users can leverage the data for decision-making purposes.

    Category A – Visualization Challenge: The entrant provides effective data visualizations that help the public understand, explore and interpret the price data

    Submissions will help the public, organizations or communities better understand the variance and geographic patterns revealed in the hospital data , and the potential relationship to other issues including but not limited to:

    • Hospital quality and patient satisfaction
    • Other characteristics of hospitals
    • Characteristics of communities and markets

    The data visualizations will tell a compelling story based on sound analysis of the inpatient and/or outpatient price data, and potentially the integration of other data sources. Visualizations can be static or interactive. Entrants must submit a web link to their submission with a video pitch and a brief text description.

    Interactive projects offer some form of user interaction that allow the viewer to explore, filter, or otherwise manipulate the data display. This interactivity can range from the simple to the very complex, but in almost all cases it requires some combination of design and programming to build. On the other hand, static projects are images, motion graphics, videos, or slideshows that offer the same content to all viewers. Most of the time, infographics can be created without any programming, using graphics and design software. Between these two definitions there is a gray area — for instance, projects that include user-triggered animations but offer no filtering or manipulation of the data being displayed may or may not be considered “interactive.” For the purposes of this competition, the final designation of whether each project is an interactive or static will be left up to our jury.

    For the Visualization challenge teams are required to upload a visualization on Visualizing.org (hosted publicly), a video pitch (no more than 3 minutes) describing the visualization(s), and a brief text (no more than 250 words) description.

    Final entries for the Visualization Challenge will be submitted via the Visualizing.org platform at http://visualizing.org/contests/visualizing-hospital-price-data.

    Category B – Apps and Tools Challenge: The entrant creates a tool or app that allows users to analyze and potentially leverage the data for purchasing decisions or to negotiate hospital bills

    Successful entrants will use either the inpatient or outpatient data, potentially in combination with other sources, to create apps or tools that will allow users such as employers, payers, and consumers to better understand these data. The tool or app would provide an analytical capacity that would increase the ability to leverage these data to improve health care decision-making or otherwise foster efficiency.

    The Apps and Tools Challenge (category B) is split into two phases:

    In Phase I, teams are asked to develop concepts describing the applications they would build for the second phase of the challenge. Teams must submit a brief description, wireframes, and a 10-slide powerpoint deck. Five finalists will be selected to participate in Phase II of the challenge.

    In Phase II, the top five teams that participated in Phase I are asked to create working apps and tools that build on what was proposed in Phase I. In addition, non-finalists who participated in Phase I are welcome to apply to Phase II as well and create working apps. The deliverable for this phase is a 10-slide summary deck, brief description, link to working app, and a 5-minute video demonstrating the application in action.

    Final entries for the Apps and Tools Challenge will be submitted via the Health 2.0 platform.

    Applicants are allowed to submit into both categories of the challenge.

    Note: Challenge participants should make no attempt to re-identify patients in the inpatient and outpatient data sets by any means, including, but not limited to, linking the data with any other data set that may provide the ability to identify a patient.

    Timeline

    • Visualization Challenge
    • June 3 - Announce challenge at Health Datapalooza IV
    • June 18 – Data Overview Webinar (12 noon ET)
    • August 26 - Deadline for submissions
    • August 27 – Judging Process Begins
    • September 13 – Judging Process Ends
    • September 17 – Winners Notified
    • October 1 – 1st place winner presents at Health 2.0 Conference
    • Apps and Tools Challenge
    • June 3 - Announce challenge at Health Datapalooza IV
    • June 18 – Data Overview Webinar (12 noon ET)
    • August 4 - Deadline for Phase 1 concept submissions
    • August 5 – Phase 1 Judging Process Begins
    • September 9 – Phase 1 Judging Process Ends
    • September 24 – Phase 1 Winners Notified (delayed by 1 week)
    • October 1 – Phase 1 Winners announced at Health 2.0
    • November 10 - Phase II deadline
    • November 11 – Phase 2 Judging Occurs (Week Of)
    • November 18 – Phase 2 winners Notified
    • December 9 – Winners present at mHealth Summit

    Review Panel

      • Apps & Tools
      • Claudia Williams
      • Senior Advisor - Health IT White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
      • Katherine Hempstead
      • Senior Program Officer - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
      • Joe Carr
      • Chief Information Officer - New Jersey Hospital Association
      • Cameron Ough
      • Director - CIGNA Healthcare
      • Jared Frank
      • Division of Data Systems - Provider Billing Group, CMS
      • Nisha Bhat
      • Policy Analyst - CMS
      • Chris Powers
      • Director, Information Products Group - CMS
      • Daniel Schroder
      • Health Insurance Specialist - CMS
      • David Young
      • VP, Wellness and Consumerisim - Premera Blue Cross

    Evaluation Criteria

    Visualization

    1. Impact: To what degree does this solution provide significant public benefit by elucidating an important issue? - 25%
    2. Innovation: To what degree is this solution innovative and brings new thinking to the topic? - 25%
    3. Clarity: Is it easy to understand and digest the information that is presented? - 15%
    4. Data Analysis: Is the data analysis sound and reflects an understanding of the data - 20%
    5. Use of Other Data: To what degree does this solution leverage other open data? Judges will examine depth of use for each data stream and the breadth of different data used - 15%

    Apps and Tools

    1. Impact: To what degree does this solution provide significant public benefit by helping individuals, companies and communities make more informed purchasing decisions? - 30%
    2. Innovation: To what degree is this solution innovative and brings new thinking to the topic? - 25%
    3. Usability: How easy and intuitive is the app or tool to use? - 25%
    4. Operating Plan: How sound is the operating plan for the year including maintaining technical capacity and support, maintenance and enhancement of the app or tool - 5%
    5. Use of Other Data: Use of other data - To what degree does this solution leverage other open data? Judges will examine depth of use for each data stream and the breadth of different data used - 15%

    Submission Requirements

    For Visualization Challenge

    1. A visualization uploaded on Visualizing.org (hosted publicly) at http://visualizing.org/contests/visualizing-hospital-price-data
    2. A video pitch (no more than 3 minutes) describing the visualization(s) and the story they tell
    3. A text description of your analysis/visualization (no more than 250 words) including what data were analyzed and how, what the visualizations show and how the visualizations might be used by the public

    For Apps and Tools Challenge (now closed)

    Phase I:

    1. A text description of the app or tool (no more than 1500 characters) including what data were used, how they were used, need, solution and business plan for dissemination and use
    2. Wireframes or similar design layout of the application
    3. Slide deck of no more than 10 slides describing the app and operating plan (in PDF format)

    Phase II:

    1. All of the above
    2. A video pitch (no more than 5 minutes) describing the app/tool and how it would be used by the public to make better purchasing decisions
    3. Link to working application

    SUBMISSION PROCESS:

    1. Health 2.0’s Developer Challenge website (www.health2challenge.com) will serve as the main portal for the challenge project
    2. The challenge will also be cross-listed at Visualizing.org
    3. All participants in both divisions of the challenge (Visualization and App and Tools) will be required to pre-register at the Health 2.0 site
    4. Participants who indicate an interest in the Visualization Challenge will be directed to submit their final entries through the Visualizing.org portal
    5. Participants who indicate an interest in the Apps and Tools Challenge will be directed to submit their final entries through the Health 2.0 portal
    6. Judging of entries will occur at the portals through which they are submitted

    Terms & Conditions

    OFFICIAL RULES

    The following are the Official Rules (the “Rules”) governing the RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge (the “Challenge”) sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the “Sponsor”).

    SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY (AS DEFINED BELOW) IN THE CHALLENGE CONSTITUTES FULL AND UNCONDITIONAL AGREEMENT TO AND ACCEPTANCE OF THESE RULES.

    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.

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

    1. ADMINISTRATOR: The administrator of the Challenge is Health 2.0, LLC, 350 Townsend Street, #403, San Francisco, CA 94107 (the “Administrator”).

    2. ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open only to (a) business and nonprofit entities formed and maintaining a principal place of business in the United States and (b) individuals and teams of no more than five individuals, who are (i) citizens or permanent residents of the United States and (ii) of the legal age of majority, at the time of entry, to form valid contracts in their respective jurisdiction of legal residence (each individual, each team, each individual member of a team, and each entity is referred to as an “Entrant” in these Rules). Affiliated Persons (as defined below) are ineligible to participate in the Challenge.

    Special note to Entrants who are entering as part of a team: If an Entrant enters as part of a team, the Entrant understands and agrees that submission of an Entry constitutes a representation and warranty by Entrant that all of the members of the team have read and accepted the Rules. Furthermore, an Entrant that is part of a team understands and agrees that if his/her team is selected to receive a Prize (as defined below), the team is responsible for ensuring the funds are appropriately distributed to each member of the team and each member of the team must agree upon the method of payment. In addition, once a team has registered, the team may not add, remove, or substitute members or otherwise change the composition of the team for the duration of the Challenge. Finally, the eligibility of the Entrant is tied to the team's eligibility; if one member of the team does not comply with these Rules or is disqualified, the team as a whole will be disqualified.

    Special note to Entrants who are entering as an entity: If an Entrant is entering as part of an entity, the Entrant warrants that the appropriate officers, executives, managers, or other persons who have the authority to approve Entrant’s Entry into this Challenge have approved the Entrant’s Entry and the Entrant understands that these terms will be binding on both the Entrant and his/her entity. Furthermore, the Entrant understands that if the Entrant enters without obtaining the appropriate approval, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify the Entrant’s Entry. Finally, if an entity is selected to receive a Prize, an officer or person entitled to bind the entity will be required to validate that the Entrant is entitled to receive the Prize on the behalf of the entity and the officer or person entitled to bind the entity must provide the appropriate information for payment of the Prize.

    Entrants who are determined at any time to have violated the eligibility criteria will be disqualified from the Challenge.

    As used herein, the term “Affiliated Persons” means (a) the trustees, directors, officers, shareholders, members, employees, clients (with respect to the Administrator only), contractors, agents, representatives and affiliates of the Sponsor, the Administrator 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 the foregoing 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.

    3. CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION: The Challenge seeks to develop visualizations and applications (in accordance with the technical specifications posted on the Challenge Website (as defined below)) that allow users to better understand and utilize hospital pricing data published by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Challenge will be conducted in two divisions: the Visualization Challenge and the Apps and Tools Challenge. The Visualization Challenge will be conducted in one phase, opening June 3, 2013 and closing to submissions August 25, 2013. The Apps and Tools Challenge will be conducted in two phases. During Phase 1 of the Apps and Tools Challenge, which begins June 3, 2013 and accepts submissions through August 4, 2013, five winning Entrants will be selected as semi-finalists from the entries submitted during the Entry Period (as defined below) (each, a “Semi-Finalist”). During Phase 2 of the Apps and Tools Challenge, which is currently expected to run from the end of the Entry Period through November 10, 2013, three winning entries will be chosen from among the Semi-Finalists; Phase 2 of the Apps and Tools Challenge will be open only to the Semi-Finalists selected from Phase 1 of the Apps and Tools Challenge.

    Entry into the Challenge does not constitute entry into any other challenge or promotion that may be offered by the Sponsor or the Administrator.

    4. PRIZES: The following prizes are available to be awarded in this Challenge (each, a “Prize”):

    Visualization Challenge (Interactive)

    • The first place winner will receive a prize of $9,000. In addition, it is anticipated that the first place winner chosen in the Visualization Challenge will be given an opportunity to attend (at the Sponsor’s expense) and present at the Health 2.0 Fall 2013 conference.
    • The second place winner will receive a prize of $7,000
    • The third place winner will receive a prize of $3,000

    Visualization Challenge (Static)

    • The first place winner will receive a prize of $6,000. In addition, it is anticipated that the first place winner chosen in the Visualization Challenge will be given an opportunity to attend (at the Sponsor’s expense) and present at the Health 2.0 Fall 2013 conference.
    • The second place winner will receive a prize of $3,500
    • The third place winner will receive a prize of $1,500

    Apps and Tools Challenge

    • Each of the Semi-Finalists chosen during Phase 1 will receive a prize of $5,000
    • The first place winner chosen during Phase 2 will receive a prize of $50,000. In addition, it is anticipated that the first place winner chosen during Phase 2 will be given an opportunity to attend (at the Sponsor’s expense) and present at the Health 2.0 Fall 2013 conference.
    • The second place winner chosen during Phase 2 will receive a prize of $10,000
    • The third place winner chosen during Phase 2 will receive a prize of $5,000

    It is anticipated that Prizes will be distributed within ninety days of the announcement of the winners.

    Winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and a Publicity Release (collectively, the “Prize Claim Documents”) as a condition to receiving a Prize. If a winner fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within five days of the Sponsor’s and/or the 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 United States. THE WINNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING AND PAYING ANY INCOME TAXES OR OTHER TAXES THAT MAY APPLY TO ACCEPTING A PRIZE; THE SPONSOR AND THE ADMINISTRATOR ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES.

    5. HOW TO ENTER: The entry period for both the Visualization Challenge and the Apps and Tools Challenge will begin at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on June 3, 2013. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on August 25, 2013 for the Visualization Challenge, and through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on August 4, 2013 for the Apps and Tools Challenge (as applicable, the “Entry Period”).

    Eligible individuals and entities interested in entering the Challenge may submit an Entry during the Entry Period through the Challenge website located at www.health2challenge.org (the “Challenge Website”). The Sponsor and the Administrator reserve the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these Rules or otherwise governing the Challenge.

    As described on the Challenge Website, entries must include for the Visualization Challenge: (a) a completed pre-registration form on Health 2.0, (b) a complete visualization submitted to Visualizing.org, and (c) a video pitch of no more than 3 minutes describing the visualization. Entries for the Apps and Tools Challenge must include: (a) a completed online application, (b) wireframes of the proposed application (Phase 1), (c) no more than 10 slides displaying the proposed application (Phase 1) or the working application (Phase 2), (d) a video pitch of no more than 5 minutes describing the working app or tool (Phase 2), (e) a link to the working solution/app (Phase 2). No substitutions or new versions of Entries will be accepted under any circumstances once the original Entry is submitted for consideration.

    Entries must be received during the Entry Period. The Sponsor is not responsible for entries that are late, lost, stolen, misdirected or non-deliverable due to any reason whatsoever, including, without limitation, online communication malfunction or failure, computer or computer program malfunction or failure or human error that may occur in the processing of entries to this Challenge. In the event of a dispute about the identity of any Entrant, an online registration will be declared as if made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.

    Unlawful, plagiarized, third-party intellectual property infringing, unintelligible, illegible, obscene, indecent or incomplete entries will be disqualified in the Sponsor's sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right to scrutinize all new Entries for these requirements at any time during or after the Challenge.

    The Sponsor and the Administrator each reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or the Challenge Website or other Challenge-related websites, to be acting in violation of these 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.

    Except as otherwise stated in these Rules, personal information collected in connection with the Challenge will be used by Sponsor and the Administrator in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, located at www.rwjf.org/en/privacy-policy.html, and with any additional consent given by an entrant at the time of entry. Subject to Section 8 below, all Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

    6. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES: By participating in the Challenge, each Entrant represents, warrants, and agrees that: (a) Entrant is the sole author, creator, and owner of the Entry; (b) the Entry is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (c) the Entry 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 Entry does not and will not contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as "malware," "viruses" or "worms"); and (e) the Entry, and Entrant’s use of the Entry, does not and will not violate any applicable laws or regulations, including, without limitation, applicable export control laws and regulations of the United States and other jurisdictions. If the Entry includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), the Entrant must provide the Sponsor with all appropriate licenses and releases for such third party works. In the event the Entrant cannot provide all such required licenses and releases, the Sponsor reserves the right, in Sponsor's sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Entry, or seek to secure the licenses and releases for the Sponsor’s benefit and allow the applicable Entry to remain in the Challenge.

    7. INDEMNIFICATION: Each Entrant, by submitting an Entry, agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsor, the Administrator, and each of their respective directors, trustees, officers, employees, agents, consultants, and successors and assigns, 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 Entry or any breach or alleged breach of any of the representations, warranties, and covenants of Entrant hereunder.

    8. LICENSE: EACH ENTRANT RETAINS FULL TITLE AND OWNERSHIP IN AND TO THEIR ENTRY. By participating in the Challenge, each Entrant hereby irrevocably grants to each of the Sponsor and the Administrator a non-exclusive, royalty free, sub-licensable, worldwide, license and right to use the Entry to the extent necessary to administer the Challenge, and to publicly perform and publicly display the Entry, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge. The Entrants selected as winners of the Visualization and Apps and Tools Challenges, as a condition to accepting their respective Prizes, hereby grant the Sponsor a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty free, sub-licensable, worldwide, license and right to post on the Sponsor’s website (a) such Entrants’ Entries and/or any related supplemental entry materials (via web link, iframe, or other presentation modality) and/or (b) a web link to a third party website or app store at which the Entrant’s application can be downloaded or purchased. Each such Entrant also agrees that it will execute all such documents and take all such actions necessary to complete or evidence these license rights.

    Notwithstanding the foregoing, each Entrant acknowledges that the Sponsor is a philanthropy that in the course of its normal charitable activities makes grants for projects across a wide range of disciplines and that the Sponsor may currently fund or may in the future make grants for projects that may be directly or indirectly related to Entries submitted for the Challenge. By submitting an Entry, each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor shall have no liability for making grants to projects that involve ideas, procedures, processes, systems, methods of operation, concepts, or principles that may also be present in an Entry.

    9. PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Challenge, in addition to any other rights granted herein or which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between the Sponsor and/or the Administrator, on the one hand, and any Entrant, on the other hand, each Entrant, to the extent allowed by applicable law, hereby irrevocably (a) grants to each of the Sponsor and the 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.

    10. WINNER SELECTION/JUDGING CRITERIA: A panel of judges chosen by the Sponsor (collectively, the “Judges”) will select winning Entries from all eligible entries based on the following judging criteria:

    Visualization Challenge

    1. Impact: To what degree does this solution provide significant public benefit by elucidating an important issue? - 25%
    2. Innovation: To what degree is this solution innovative and brings new thinking to the topic? - 25%
    3. Clarity: Is it easy to understand and digest the information that is presented? - 15%
    4. Data Analysis: Is the data analysis sound and reflects an understanding of the data - 20%
    5. Open and Other Data: To what degree does this solution leverage other open data? Judges will examine depth of use for each data stream and the breadth of different data used - 15%

    Apps and Tools Challenge

    1. Impact: To what degree does this solution provide significant public benefit by helping individuals, companies and communities make more informed purchasing decisions? - 30%
    2. Innovation: To what degree is this solution innovative and brings new thinking to the topic? - 25%
    3. Usability: How easy and intuitive is the app or tool to use? - 25%
    4. Operating Plan: How sound is the operating plan for the year including maintaining technical capacity and support, maintenance and enhancement of the app or tool - 5%
    5. Open and Data: Use of other data - To what degree does this solution leverage other open data? Judges will examine depth of use for each data stream and the breadth of different data used - 15%

    The judging criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of the Judges. By participating in the Challenge, each Entrant into the Challenge acknowledges and agrees to: (a) demonstrate the functionality of its application in a live format and/or allow the Judges, Sponsor, and/or Administrator to physically test the functionality of the application, in each instance if requested by the Judges, Sponsor, and or Administrator, and (b) be bound by and not challenge the final decision of the Judges.

    11. NOTICE TO WINNERS: Attempts to notify potential winners will be made using the contact information provided on the winner's Official Entry Form. The Sponsor and the 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 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 the Prize and an alternate winner may be selected. If any potential prize winner is found to be ineligible, or the Entrant in question has not complied with these 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.

    12. GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE: Each Entrant agrees that the Sponsor and the 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. The Sponsor and the Administrator assume no responsibility for any damage to an Entrant's computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Challenge 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.

    13. FORCE MAJEURE: In the event an insufficient number of eligible entries is received or the Sponsor and/or the Administrator is prevented from awarding a Prize or continuing with the Challenge as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including, without limitation, fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within the Sponsor’s and/or the Administrator’s control (“Force Majeure”), the Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Challenge. If the Challenge is terminated for Force Majeure before expiration of the Challenge Period, the 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.

    14. MODIFICATION OF THE RULES: These Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in writing by Sponsor. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these 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 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.

    15. 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 NEW JERSEY 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 MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, AND EACH ENTRANT HEREBY CONSENTS AND WAIVES ANY OBJECTION TO THE JURISDICTION OF SUCH COURTS FOR SUCH DISPUTES.

    16. WINNERS LIST: The names of the winners will be posted at www.health2challenge.com for such period of time as the Sponsor and Administrator deem reasonable.

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