Sunday, July 8, 2012

ONC launches "Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge"

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has launched the Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge, designed to spur development of platform-agnostic health IT tools to facilitate the reporting of medical errors in hospital and outpatient settings. This developer contest is part of ONC’s Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative, which holds competitions to accelerate development and adoption of technology solutions that enhance quality and outcomes.

Applicants are required to submit their entries by August 31, 2012, and will be judged on the effectiveness of their system in facilitating patient safety event reporting including:

  • Compliance with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s common formats;
  • Usability and design;
  • Ability to integrate with EHRs and other health IT data sources; and
  • Application of the Nationwide Health Information Network standards.
  • The first place winner will receive $50,000. The second place prize will be $15,000 and third prize will be $5,000.

Learn more here.

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