ONC Awards Funding to Six Digital Health Pilot Projects

The ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge was created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology  (ONC) within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with the intent to find innovative, early-stage health IT companies and connect them with health care organizations that would host pilot programs to test their technologies. ONC is excited to announce $300,000 in funding to six winners of the challenge, who will live-test new health information technology (health IT) applications in health care settings administered by their host partners. The winning innovator-health care organization teams are:

  •     ClinicalBox and Lowell General Hospital
  •     CreateIT Healthcare Solutions and MHP Salud
  •     Gecko Health Innovations and Boston Children’s Hospital
  •     Optima Integrated Health and University of California, San Francisco, Cardiology Division
  •     physIQ and Henry Ford Health System
  •     Vital Care Telehealth Services and Dominican Sisters Family Health Service

Visit the challenge website to learn more about the winners. The ONC Market R&D Challenge launched on October 20, 2014 with a key goal to break down barriers between promising startups and health care stakeholders. Three in-person matchmaking events were held in January, 2015, focused on connecting innovator companies looking to pilot test their products with health care organizations. More than 300 of these meetings were held in New York, New York; San Francisco, California; and Washington, D.C. These “speed-dating” events, organized and facilitated by Health 2.0, allowed startups to meet face-to-face with industry stakeholders to identify common interests and goals and receive valuable exposure. To be eligible to win an award, innovators had to be an early-stage health information technology company with less than $10 million in venture capital funding and a readily available technology solution. Applications were received from 78 host-innovator teams from across the nation. The proposed pilot projects were required to focus on at least one of several ONC priority areas, of which the most commonly selected were care coordination, patient generated health data, medication management, and underserved communities. Each team will receive $50,000 to fund its pilot program, which will become operational in August. Through HHS Competes, the Department has administered over 100 prize competitions, primarily under the America COMPETES prize authority established in 2010. The competitions seek solutions to important problems in health and human services.