ONC healthcare IT innovation challenge winners announced

Two winning entries in the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) healthcare IT innovation challenge have been announced, reports Healthcare IT News.

The two winning applications deal with the prevention, identification and treatment of cancer. The successful entrants were announced at the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences earlier this week. Both application development teams will receive $20,000.

Chintan Patel, Sharib Khan and Aamir Hussain of Applied Informatics secured one of the prizes for their application, Ask Dory!. The application allows users to search for information on clinical trials for a variety of illnesses including cancer. The software utilizes data from ClinicalTrials.gov, and is based on a entropic, decision-tree algorithm.

Mia Levy of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center won the second prize with MyCancerGenome. The application allows patients to learn about specific oncological treatment options based on individual gene mutations of their cancer tumors. The software uses data based on gene therapies currently in use in various clinical trials, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s physician data query clinical trial registry data set.

“What makes these health IT challenges so powerful is their ability to catalyze the expertise and creativity of innovators both in and out of healthcare,” Wil Yu, ONC’s special assistant for innovations, told the news source. “We seek breakthrough solutions to nuanced issues; some are ready for the marketplace and some are prototypes, but all will have a great potential to benefit Americans.”

The announcement comes as many healthcare IT experts are predicting significant growth in mobile healthcare IT applications in the coming year. According to health administration consultant Christina Thielst, nearly one-third of healthcare providers in the U.S. currently use mobile health applications to access data from medical informatics systems.

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