Developer Challenge Roundup (February 2012)

This post originally appeared on the Project HealthDesign Blog.

Libby Dowdall, Communications Coordinator, Project HealthDesign National Program Office

Gather a team of developers and innovators and plan to enter an upcoming developer challenge. The following developer challenges, organized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), provide several opportunities to engage in health-related topics that could help to improve health and health care.

ONC i2 Challenges

Health Innovations in Commuting Challenge

  • The challenge: Create and submit a conceptual document that outlines ideas and models for improving the health of American commuters through better collection, exchange, and analysis of health data.
  • Requirements and desired functionality: Challenge entrants will submit a conceptual document that outlines how health data may be appropriately collected from commuters in a safe and secure manner during the overall commute or during key milestones or events of the commute; how health data may be transmitted in a secure and standardized manner; how health data may be analyzed, either at an individual or population level.
  • End of submission period: March 5
  • Learn more or register for the challenge.

EHR Accessibility Module Challenge

  • The challenge: Create and test a module or application that makes it easy for disabled users to access and interact with the health data stored in their EHRs.
  • Requirements and desired functionality: The resulting app or module will enable individuals with disabilities to easily interact with their health data, link to relevant local or online communities or organizations, be able to download data from at least one EHR system, leverage and extend NwHIN standards and services including, but not limited to, transport (Direct, web services), content (Transitions of Care, CCD/CCR), and standardized vocabularies. The resulting module or app must also comply with web and other designated accessibility standards.
  • End of submission period: July 23
  • Learn more or register for the challenge.

ONC and Partnership for Patients Challenge

Discharge Follow-up Appointment Challenge

  • The challenge: Develop a web-based tool that makes post-discharge follow-up appointment scheduling a more effective and shared process for care providers, patients and caregivers.
  • Requirements and desired functionality: Develop the tool using user-centered design principles; incorporate messaging and EHR interface capabilities. Create a plan for how to scale and encourage adoption.
  • End of submission period: April 30
  • Learn more or register for the challenge.