The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT announced that the i2 “Ocular Imaging Challenge” is available. The Challenge is looking for developers to create an application that will improve interoperability among office-based ophthalmic imaging devices, measurement devices, and EHRs.
Documenting the typical ophthalmology exam in an EHR continues to be difficult and creates barriers to full acceptance and the use of EHRs within the medical community. Ophthalmologists use an array of measurement and imaging devices during exams that produce data and images in numerous forms.
However, the data and images are often stored in databases and file formats that have limited connectivity with EHR systems, ophthalmology specific picture archiving, and communication systems. This Challenge is a multidisciplinary call to innovators to create an application that can solve the problem.
The first place team will win $100,000 with awards for $35,000 and $15,000 going to the second place and third place teams. Submissions are due on November 9, 2012.
Go to www.health2con.com/devchallenge/occular-imaging-challenge or www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog for more information.