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ONC Contest Moves API-Enabled Health Data Exchange Forward

The federal agency recently announced winners of the first phase of a national challenge to enable patient health data exchange using APIs.

- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) revealed the Phase 1 winners of  Move Health Data Forward Challenge. In the first phase of the challenge, organizations were asked to submit proposals on using application programming interfaces to allow consumer health data exchange with providers, families, and caregivers.

ONC API-enabled health data exchange

“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,” National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, said in a public statement. “The Move Health Data Forward Challenge will help consumers unleash their health data and put it to work.”

The organizations behind the ten winning proposals will receive $5,000 in awards. Organizations submitting proposals were tasked with detailing technical, operational, financial, and business aspects of proposed solutions for API-enabled health data exchange for consumers.

The winners now move on to Phase 2 to develop and test prototypes of which five winners will each receive $20,000. The five winners will then move on to Phase 3 and the implementation of their solutions. Two finalists stand to earn a total of $75,000 in awards.

Here are the Phase 1 winners:

· 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 CareApproveTM 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: Docket™ 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: 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.

The deadline for the next phase is set for Jan. 16, 2017.

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