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HHS Announces Phase 1 Winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge

November 2, 2016
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The Department of Health and Humans Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 1 winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge. Winners were selected based on their proposals for using application programming interfaces (API) to enable consumers to share their personal health information safely and securely with their health care providers, family members or other caregivers.

“As health information technology becomes more accessible, consumers are playing an even greater role in how and when their health information is exchanged or shared,” Vindell Washington, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, said in a statement. “The Move Health Data Forward Challenge will help consumers unleash their health data and put it to work.”

The total prize amount available for the three phases of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge is $250,000, with the two finalists winning a total of $75,000. Phase 1 required a series of plans to describe the technical, operational, financial and business aspects of a proposed solution to show that participants had feasible and executable plans. Each Phase 1 winner below will receive a $5,000 award/

The Phase 1 winners are:

TrustedCare and ARM: TrustedCare and ARM aim to develop devices that enable patients to interact with multiple providers in a secure, authenticated and auditable manner—helping to improve coordinated care in accountable care organizations by using open standards.

CedarBridge Group LLC: The CareApprove solution allows consumers to consent to share their health information with their health care providers from their smartphone and optionally to choose which sections of information may be shared with a given provider.

EMR Direct: EMR Direct’s HealthToGo service aims to facilitate the deployment of applications that can integrate patient data from multiple data holders through software that supports scalable deployment of APIs.  This will enable consumers to manage sharing of their health information, and improve the accessibility of patient health data.

Foxhall Wythe LLC: Docke optimizes patient-health care provider communication by empowering mobile users to securely maintain their critical health information and authorize the transmission of that information to trusted care professionals.

kreateIoT, Technatomy, & Koncero: The solution provides individuals with the power to both access their health information electronically and also actively direct their health information’s flow to help make informed decisions through a browser on a laptop or mobile application.  The team is using Substitutable Medical Apps Reusable Technologies (SMART) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to create a secure way of sharing sensitive patient data.

Lush Group, Inc.: The Lush Group’s HealthyMePHR system allows patients to import their health information from their primary care provider’s electronic health record (EHR) system, define how it is shared with others, and authorize electronic access.  Additional features will accelerate patient clinical data sharing on a patient-by-patient basis.

Live and Leave Well, LLC: Live and Leave Well is an end-of-life planning platform designed to help individuals create, manage and share end of life plans using API technology.

SpunJohn Consultants, LLC: MedGrotto gives patients an easy, simple and secure platform to store and access their complete health record while sharing with their providers and/or surrogates with fully customizable access levels from any device, anytime and anywhere.

Thoughtkeg Application Services Corporation: MyHealthRec.com is an enhanced patient portal web application that uses modern web technologies for front-end design that is responsive to users and enables patients and their proxies to control the movement of their health data.

Resilient Network Systems, Webshield & SAFE Biopharma: Resilient Network Systems partnered with WebShield Inc., SAFE-BioPharma, Carebox and InterSystems to create a solution that gives consumers the ability to conveniently access and share their own health records on demand.  The solution will demonstrate a unique nationwide capability to conveniently verify a consumer’s identity, locate and electronically request a consumer’s records, and deliver them to a secure cloud-based personal storage service.

According to ONC, the ten Phase 1 winners now move to Phase 2, where up to five finalists will be awarded $20,000 each for prototypes and test performance of their solutions. Phase 2 winners will then move to Phase 3, which will award $50,000 for up to two winners each based on the participant’s ability to implement their solution.

The Move Health Data Forward Challenge builds on ONC’s work with the Health Relationship Trust (HEART) Workgroup security, privacy, and health information technology stakeholders collaborating to develop a set of privacy and security specifications that enable an individual to control the authorization of access to health data.

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