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ONC Announces Winners of Certified Health IT Data Challenge

Winners will receive $40,000 from the ONC for developing health IT products that use CHPL data in novel ways.

ONC announces the winners of the certified health IT data challenge

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By Jessica Kent

- ONC has announced the winners of its Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge, which asked participants to show how CHPL data could be used and applied across healthcare.

The ONC CHPL is the authoritative listing of all health IT products that have been tested and certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. The CHPL contains data including certification criteria and usability testing results. As of May 2018, the CHPL has more than 300 listings for active 2015 Edition certified health IT products.

ONC launched the challenge in July 2018 to enhance the health IT community’s understanding of certified technologies. Winning submissions developed solutions that make use of application programming interfaces (APIs) or XML files in innovative ways.

The winners included ResearchAE, a search engine for health and health IT datasets. The team produced an application using meaningful use attestation, the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS), and National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) data in CHPL’s API. Users can perform cross-sectional searches to analyze who is using ONC-certified health IT. ResearchAE will receive an award of $20,000 for their solution.

Shiro Labs received runner-up recognition for its solution, a web-based application that combines Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) data with CHPL data. The application will help providers better understand how ONC certified health IT products complement QPP reporting requirements.

Darena Solutions also received a runner-up prize. The group developed CheckEHR, a mobile application that allows users to see which certified health IT modules can help providers meet healthcare delivery and quality benchmarks.

Shiro Labs and Darena Solutions will each receive $10,000 for their winning submissions.

ONC also awarded one honorable mention to Tom Nguyen, who developed a Google Chrome extension. The web browser extension provides users with on-screen notifications for ONC-certified health IT and allows them to quickly navigate to the CHPL’s listings.

These new applications will help solve problems for healthcare providers, consumers, and the health IT community.

“This challenge shows that there is more to the CHPL data than meets the eye. It is great to the see the creativity and ingenuity each participant put into their submissions,” said Steve Posnack, executive director, office of technology, ONC.

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