ONC, HHS Officials Announce Winners of Health App Contests

On Wednesday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Health 2.0 announced the winners of a contest that challenged software developers to create applications using the popHealth framework, Modern Healthcare reports (Lee, Modern Healthcare, 2/23).

About popHealth

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.

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.

popHealth Contest Details

The popHealth Tool Development Challenge, which accepted submissions through Feb. 3, 2012 -- required 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 (iHealthBeat, 10/12/11).

popHealth Contest Winners

The $75,000 first place prize will go to the team that developed the popHealth Engage Your PatiEnts -- or popEYE -- application. The popEYE tool allows health care providers to create medical reminders to engage patients in their care.

The second place team will receive $20,000 for their Agent application, which adds new enhancements to the popHealth framework to help health care providers track conditions, improve information sharing and provide patients with access to their data.

The $5,000 third place prize will go to the team that created the greatOne application, which uses data aggregation to help health care providers better use quality measures and identify health care disparities (Cohen, Health 2.0 release, 2/22).

HHS Announces Winners of Facebook App Contest

In related news, HHS has announced the three winners of a contest to create Facebook apps that could improve emergency preparedness and response (Selvam, Modern Healthcare, 2/24).

The first place prize went to the team that created the Lifeline app, which allows Facebook users to work together on tracking a friend's status in a disaster-affected area. The winning team will receive $10,000 and passes to the Health 2.0 conference in Boston.

The second and third place contest winners will receive $5,000 and $1,000, respectively (HHS release, 2/23).

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