The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched a contest for software applications that could improve the interoperability of various technology tools for ophthalmologists, Modern Healthcare reports.
The Ocular Imaging Challenge is seeking apps that could help integrate ophthalmologists' examination devices with their electronic health record systems. Currently, many of the data and images generated by ophthalmic exam tools are stored in databases that have limited connectivity with EHR systems, according to ONC.
The apps will be required to:
- Archive data from multiple devices;
- Convert data output from proprietary formats to vendor-neutral standard formats;
- Enable clinicians to manipulate data and images; and
- Integrate with existing EHR systems (Daly, Modern Healthcare, 5/18).
First place winners of the app contest will receive $100,000, while second and third place winners receive $35,000 and $15,000, respectively.
The deadline for submissions is Nov. 9 (Yu, "Health IT Buzz," ONC, 5/18).