PCORI Announces App Contest To Promote Research Partnerships
March 31, 2014 in News
Last week, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute launched a new mobile health application challenge to boost research partnerships between patients, stakeholders and researchers, Clinical Innovation Technology reports.
Details of the Challenge
In a blog post announcing the initiative, called the PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge, PCORI staff members Orlando Gonzales and Jean Slutsky wrote that developers are being asked “to create a fully functioning, ready-to-publish app and companion website” that will spur partnership between those interested in patient-centered outcomes research (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 3/30).
Submitted apps will have to meet various requirements, such as:
- Integrating with current research networks; and
- Incorporating ideas from patients and others in the app design.
Developers also are encouraged to include in their apps:
- Advanced search options;
- Customizable displays;
- Social media; and
- Robust user profiles.
A panel of judges — consisting of technology experts and PCORI stakeholders and staff members — will review the apps based on:
- Ability to overcome geographic, societal or educational barriers;
- Ability to offer equal access for people with diverse backgrounds and different health interests and research experience;
- The developers’ experience; and
Developers will have until Aug. 15 to submit their apps and winners will be announced on Sept. 22 at the Health 2.0 conference. The first-place winner will be awarded $100,000, the second-place winner will receive $35,000 and third-place will receive $15,000 (Goth, Health Data Management, 3/28).