The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Health 2.0 have opened a contest inviting developers to create applications using the popHealth framework, Government Health IT reports (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 10/10).
In February 2010, ONC made the open-source popHealth software available to help health care providers cull data from electronic health record systems to discern trends among patient populations (iHealthBeat, 3/1/10).
The Web-based tool can automate the collection and reporting of clinical quality data for Stage 1 of the meaningful use program. Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.
The contest calls for developers to use popHealth's framework, standards and sample data sets to create applications that could help health care providers:
- Address disparities in care;
- Engage with patients; and
- Improve patient safety.
The first-place winner will receive $75,000 and the second-place winner will receive $20,000. Submissions are due by Feb. 3, 2012 (Government Health IT, 10/10).