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ONC Announces Health Data Exchange Challenge Final Winners

The federal agency chose two innovators for its health data exchange challenge.

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By Kate Monica

- ONC today announced the final winners of its Move Health Data Forward challenge promoting solutions for more efficient and secure health data exchange.

The three-phase challenge was designed to spur innovators to develop applications centered on facilitating secure health data exchange between patients and providers, family members, and other caregivers.

The two selected innovators were awarded a $50,000 cash prize each for their success in implementing their application programming interface (API) solutions in a mobile or web-based app as part of Phase 3 of the competition.

“The final winners in the Move Health Data Forward challenge show us that electronic health information can truly be owned by patients and their family members,” said National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Don Rucker, M.D. “We expect these winning apps will open up new ways for Americans to own and manage their health information safely and securely.”

The ONC Move Data Forward Challenge final winners are: 

These two finalists were chosen out of a pool of five Phase 2 winners including CedarBridge Group LLC, EMR Direct, and Lush Group, Inc.

Phase 2 required innovators to submit a viable solution to improve health data exchange according to specifications outlined by the challenge. The five Phase 2 winners each received a $20,000 reward for their solutions. 

The Phase 2 winners were chosen out of a larger pool of 10 winners during Phase 1 of the competition, which required participants to present plans outlining how each API design would work.

ONC’s Move Health Data Forward challenge is part of ONC’s collaboration with the Health Relationship Trust (HEART) Workgroup. The HEART Workgroup consists of security, privacy, and health information technology stakeholders.

HEART Workgroup stakeholders are working together to develop a set of privacy and security specifications allowing individuals to control the authorization of access to health data.

ONC is set to spearhead a similar multi-phase challenge promoting interoperability through a patient matching innovation challenge in June.



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