The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launchedÂ a three-partÂ challengeÂ that aims to encourage the development of software applications for healthcare, with prizes worthÂ $625,000 in total.
The three-part strategy seeks to build onÂ Health Level 7 of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and promote standardized application programming interfaces, ONCÂ said March 1.
Parts one and twoÂ of the strategy involveÂ softwareÂ development contests — including one app builtÂ for consumers and one for providers –Â withÂ prizes valued at $175,000 each.
ONC’s third challengeÂ is a competitive funding opportunity worthÂ $275,000 which calls for the development of an open resource platform whereÂ developers canÂ publish apps for healthcare providers to see and compare.
âThis strategy will help us reach the consumer and provider-friendly future of health IT we all seek,â said Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology.
âIt reflects our guiding principles that consumers and providers should have easy, secure access to health information and the ability to direct that information when and where it is needed most.â
The three-part initiative is also a part ofÂ theÂ Federal Health IT Strategic Plan and the Interoperability Pledge campaign.
Apps developed through the challenges could also be used to supportÂ delivery system reforms, the Precision Medicine Initiative and the National Cancer Moonshot.