Saturday, September 8, 2012

ONC Announces Challenge Competition

ONC announced a new Challenge Competition to create a mobile device-optimized tool to engage and empower women to help prevent and treat breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer in underserved and minority communities.

Disparities in prevention, early treatment, and final outcomes exist across the spectrum of cancer types affecting women’s health. With over 300,000 new cases combined and 68,000 deaths annually strike many more minority and women living in underserved areas in the U.S. 

The mobile device tool must:

·        Provide information on preventive and screening services
·        Interface with patient health records or provider-sponsored patient portals to provide specific reminders and trigger HER-based clinical decision support for the timing of preventive services
·        Support the storage, viewing, and exchange of complex patient care plans
·        Strengthen communication among provider care teams possibly spread out across large geographic location to enable optimal remote follow-up
·        Enable patient information to EHRs via “Direct”
·        Help patient and or their caregivers keep track of complex care plans, such as connections to community health workers

The first prize is $85,000, second prize is $10,000 and third prize is $5,000. In general, applicants must provide for continuous access to the app, a detailed description of the app, instructions on how to install and operate the app and system requirements required to run the app.