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May 22 2013   9:37PM GMT

ONC mHealth challenge to help support cancer survivors

Posted by: RedaChouffani
mhealth, ONC

The ONC is launching a mobile app innovation challenge that will support cancer survivors during their follow-up care.

The challenge, as outlined by the ONC, will have two separate phases. In the first stage, all applicants will be required to submit documentation of the overall use cases and goals of their product. Once the submissions have been reviewed, up to three winners will each receive $5,000. Those winners will then continue to the second stage of the challenge. In this phase, the developers can share additional details about their proposed app and receive crowdfunding support to further develop their product. Once the apps have reached a functional stage, they will be submitted to judges to be reviewed and will become eligible for a grand prize of $25,000.

The criteria by which these submissions will be judged is as follows.

  • Appropriate integration capabilities with health data sources
  • The ability to be interoperable
  • The ability to connect with existing networks
  • Alerts and other tracking capabilities (medication, symptoms, and other needs)
  • The ability to maintain appointments and other care follow-up functions
  • The capability to connect with electronic care platforms

There are several successful online resources for cancer survivors; but the marketplace does not have a sufficient number of comprehensive solutions for mobile platforms. Some of the existing products are unable to address the complex needs of patients. This contest encourages further innovations, which will provide assistance for post-treatment cancer patients and may help increase survival rates.

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