ONC Announces Health IT Challenge
The ONC launched this week its latest prize challenge to spur innovation and promote real-world use of health information technology. According to a blog post, nearly $700 million was invested in health technology in the first quarter of 2014 - an 87 percent year-over-year growth. The ONC is looking to support start-ups that are having difficulty connecting with pilot partners to test innovations such as web and mobile applications. To that end, the Market R&D Challenge calls on health innovators to partner with providers, clinics, or hospitals to develop a pilot proposal and run the pilot for 6 months. The program will select up to six teams to implement the pilot, conduct a rigorous evaluation, and disseminate its findings in collaboration with ONC.
ONC will award $25,000 when the teams are selected, and another $25,000 following completion of the pilot and evaluation. The ONC will be holding matchmaking events In January 2015. Proposals for the challenge are due www.oncpilotchallenge.com. and teams will be selected in April. For more information, visit
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