HHS Announces CHPL Data Challenge Winners

The U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) (@ONC_HealthIT) announced the winners of the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge.

Winning submissions to the challenge all showed how the CHPL data could be used and applied across the healthcare industry and could help provide users of the CHPL different ways to use the information. This information on the CHPL contains information about health information technology (health IT) systems and specifically details data on certified health IT. As of May 2018, the CHPL has more than 300 listings for active 2015 Edition certified health IT products.

“This challenge shows that there is more to the CHPL data than meets the eye. It is great to the see the creativity and ingenuity each participant put into their submissions,” said Steve Posnack, executive director, office of technology, ONC.

The winning submissions provided information about how their analyses were conducted, how their software works, and the application’s impact towards advancing the use of CHPL data. The winning submissions are:

  • ResearchAE. ResearchAE is a search engine for health and health IT datasets. They produced an application mapping CHPL’s API with meaningful use attestation, the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS), and National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) data. Users are able to perform cross-sectional searches allowing users to analyze who is using ONC certified health IT and how it’s being used. The award for the winning submission is $20,000.
  • Shiro Labs. Shiro Labs created a web-based application that combines Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) data with CHPL data, allowing providers to better understand how ONC certified health IT complements their QPP reporting requirements. The runner up submission is awarded $10,000.
  • Darena Solutions. Darena Solutions, developers of MyMipsScore, created a mobile application, called CheckEHR. The interactive program allows users to view where certified health IT modules have the certification criteria to meet several healthcare delivery and quality goals, such as care coordination and patient engagement. The runner up submission is awarded $10,000.

One honorable mention was also awarded to Tom Nguyen who designed a search engine tool embedded in the Google Chrome systems he calls the CHPL Chrome Extension. This enhancement provides users with on screen notifications for ONC certified health IT, features to recommend new site searches, and allows them to quickly navigate to the CHPL’s listings.

View the winner presentations and demonstrations at Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge.