Code-a-Palooza Challenge Winners Announced


The winners of the Department of Health and Human Services Code-a-Palooza challenge were announced today at the 2014 Health Datapalooza, in Washington DC. Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for Health Information Technology announced Smart Health Hero by LyfeChannel of San Carlos, California as the winner.

Smart Health Hero is an electronic tool designed to help patients and their families use Medicare claims data to make health care choices. PatientPrivilege of Portland Oregon,was also announced as a winner of the Digital Privacy Notice Challenge. The tool helps consumers integrate notices of privacy practices from their health-care providers and health plans directly into their personal health records or into their providers’ portals.

ONC and the Office of Civil Rights collaborated on the Digital Privacy Notice Challenge.

Fifty-six developers submitted proposals to Code-a-Palooza for new visualization tools that help consumers use the 2012 Medicare Provider Payment data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April. Ten finalists were tapped to present their projects before challenge judges at Datapalooza on Monday. In addition to LyfeChannel, which organizes cost and other information to support patient health decisions, second and third place winners are Accordion Health of Austin, Texas and karmadata of Hingham, Massachusetts.