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;
  • Creativity;
  • The developers’ experience; and
  • Usability.

Deadlines, Prizes

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).

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