May 31 2017

HHS Taps Winners for Health Data App Challenge

The applications aim to improve the secure exchange of health data for patients and providers.

With the aim to improve interoperability and the secure sharing of healthcare information, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge.

The three-phase challenge looks to drive the development of applications that will allow individuals to share their personal health information safely and securely with healthcare providers and loved ones.

The winners, which will receive $50,000 each, include:

  • Foxhall Wythe for its HIPAA-compliant Docket app, which allows users to securely store and share health data to providers through a Quick Response (QR) code scan and an OAuth 2.0 handshake.
  • Live and Leave Well for its app of the same name that uses open application program interfaces, direct integration and OAuth 2.0 to provide access to an exchange platform for end of life plans.

“The final winners in the Move Health Data Forward challenge show us that electronic health information can truly be owned by patients and their family members,” said Don Rucker, national coordinator for health information technology in a statement. “We expect these winning apps will open up new ways for Americans to own and manage their health information safely and securely.”

The ONC is also engaging in several other challenges to help move health IT forward.