popHealth Tool Development Challenge: Winners Announced

At HIMSS today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Health 2.0 announced the three winners of the popHealth Tool Development Challenge: Team popEYE, Team Agent and Team greatOne.  Congratulations to the winners!

“We are very excited about the winning applications,” says Wil Yu, Special Assistant for Innovations at ONC.  He continues, “the popHealth tool is a cutting-edge technology that was able to support a highly technical competition.  The winning teams displayed impressive levels of understanding in the areas of meaningful use and provider-patient interaction, which resulted in unique and useful solutions.  We look forward to seeing advancements to the teams’ solutions in the future.”

The popHealth Tool Development Challenge launched on October 3, 2011 as part of ONC’s Investing in Innovation (i2) initiative and run through the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge program.  The challenge asked multi-disciplinary teams to create applications that leverage the popHealth open-source framework, existing functionalities, standards and sample datasets to improve patient care and provide greater insight into patient populations.

First place team popEYE will be awarded $75,000, second place team Agent will be awarded $20,000 and third place team greatOne will be awarded $5,000.  The following are brief summaries of the winning applications:

popEYE – the popHealth app to Engage Your patiEnts (popEYE) – submitted by Chintan Patel, Sharib Khan and Aamir Hussain of Applied Informatics Inc. of New York – decreases the burden by which providers engage their patients.  The application allows providers to create patient-engagement reminders for the popHealth measures – it automatically calls the patient cohort using the cloud-based phone service Twilio and delivers the reminder message set by the provider, effectively discontinuing the need for manual calls and letters and subsequently delivering call outcomes and patient responses to the providers.

Agent – the Agent solution – submitted by Chris Han and Calvin Han – builds upon the popHealth framework by using key enhancements including demographic statistics and graphs, population and patient medication and conditions lists, exportable patient reports, standardized UI elements and multi-lingual translation capabilities. These functions are designed to help providers track conditions over time, increase sharing of reports to compare populations and provide patients with access to their reports.  The software uses a lightweight version of Twitter bootstrap and the RxNorm API.

greatOne – QualiMax – submitted by Mauricio Alarcon and Frances Morrison of Team greatOne – is a system that helps providers to better use quality measures and identify disparities by aggregating data from multiple sites and providing a simple user interface.  The application compares a provider’s quality measure calculation with other subscribed providers and provides aggregated data access for public health and scientific research.  The QualiMax server and client are designed to effect a cost-efficient system to physicians, foster cooperation with the public health and research communities, and correlate statistical, socioeconomic, and demographic databases.

To learn more about the details of the popHealth Tool Development Challenge, visit the competition website.