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Jan 29 2012   9:52PM GMT

ONC offers $5,000 in HIT challenge

Posted by: RedaChouffani
HIT challanges, ONC

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 marked the beginning of the submission period for one of the new health care IT challenges set by the ONC. The challenge, designed for software developers, is for industry innovators create a new tool that will overcome some the hurdles associated with post-discharge care. Mainly, to help ensure a higher follow-up rate and adherence to patient care plans.

The ONC described on their site the challenge as follows:

“In order to support broader adoption and uptake of promising IT-enabled interventions that address care transitions, ONC is challenging software developers to create an easy-to-use web-based tool that will make post-discharge follow-up appointment scheduling a more effective and shared process for care providers, patients and caregivers. In addition, developers will need to articulate a plan for broader adoption at the community level. Submissions can be existing applications, or applications developed specifically for this challenge.”

According to the requirements, there are several components and functionalities that the web-based tool will need to offer:

  • Easy to use web interface
  • Interfacing capability to allow for health information exchange with EHR and other systems using some of the existing standards
  • Secure messaging capability that will enable patients and caregivers to communicate
  • Social services such as transportation and other programs that can assist patients
  • Automated appointment reminders to help reduce no shows

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has been able to continuously add more projects and challenges on their site. These initiatives help create an environment that encourages innovation while continuously focusing on improving health, reducing costs and improving patient satisfaction.

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