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ONC Announces Certified Health IT List Data Challenge Winners

ONC chose three winners of its Certified Health IT Product List data challenge who demonstrated different ways to use the information.

ONC recently selected three winners of its CHPL data challenge.

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By Kate Monica

- ONC recently named three winners of its Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) data challenge who showed how the information can be used and applied across the healthcare industry.

Researchers, health IT developers, and researchers were prompted to develop an application that leveraged data available in the CHPL application programming interfaces (API) or XML files in new ways. Winning apps offered solutions to challenges healthcare providers, healthcare consumers, and stakeholders within the healthcare community at large may come up against.

CHPL includes more than 300 listings for active 2015 Edition certified health IT products.

“This challenge shows that there is more to the CHPL data than meets the eye. It is great to the see the creativity and ingenuity each participant put into their submissions,” said ONC Office of Technology Executive Director Steve Posnack.

Each winner detailed how their analyses were conducted, how their solution works, and how the solution advances utilization of CHPL data.

Winners include ResearchAE, Shiro Labs, and Darena Solutions.

First place winner ResearchAE is a search engine for health and health IT datasets. The team developed an app mapping CHPL’s API with meaningful use attestation, the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS), and National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) data.

Users can perform cross-sectional searches allowing users to analyze who is using ONC certified health IT and how they’re using it. ResearchAE won $20,000 for the submission.

Shiro Labs developed a web-based application that combines the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) data with CHPL data to enable providers to gain a better understanding of the ways certified health IT can assist them in achieving QPP reporting requirements. Shiro Labs received $10,000 for the submission.

Finally, Darena Solutions won $10,000 for its CheckEHR tool. The mobile application is an interactive program that allows users to see which certification criteria different certified health IT modules have fulfilled to meet care delivery and quality goals.

The CHPL data challenge was launched by ONC this summer as part of an effort to encourage health IT users, developers, and other stakeholders to leverage information available in the resource.

“In the past, much of the testing and certification data was unstructured, making analysis of that data difficult,” wrote Posnack and other ONC officials in a recent Health IT Buzz blogpost.

“In 2016, to allow CHPL users to have better access to the data, ONC updated the CHPL with structured data and discrete formats,” continued ONC officials.  “For users who want greater access to the data, the CHPL has a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) and downloadable XML files containing the complete data available.”

Winning software applications were judged on their ability to use data from CHPL and identify and solve a problem in healthcare or health IT.

“Now that this data is more available and easily computable, ONC wants to see what the public can do with it,” said ONC officials.

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