Code-a-Palooza 2014 Winners Announced



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Code-a-Palooza Challenge Winners at Health Datapalooza 2014 Announced

Top three teams creating visual applications using newly released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid data awarded a total of $35,000 in prizes

Washington D.C. – June 20, 2014 Health Data Consortium (HDC), a 501(c)3 non-proï¬Ât working to foster innovation in healthcare and health systems by leveraging health data, in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), awarded three teams for their applications that utilized the newly-released CMS physician medical services and cost data as part of the Code-a-Palooza challenge at the annual health data conference, Health Datapalooza.

Code-a-Palooza tasked developers with creating an interactive data visualization tool using the CMS dataset, which comprises information on 880,000 distinct health care providers’ services, procedures and payments received, to allow healthcare consumers and patients to make more informed decision about their care and health providers. The created tools were meant to be customizable to the user’s own demographics and health attributes. Developers were also encouraged to incorporate other open data sources to maximize the users’ ability for decision-making.

Code-a-Palooza occurred in two phases. In Phase I, 56 applicants submitted their proposed data visualization tools for the data. From the submissions, 10 finalists were chosen and given the opportunity to build their tools and present them at Health Datapalooza. The first, second, and third place teams were awarded $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000.

The winners of Code-a-Palooza are as follows:

First Place: Lyfechannel
Team Members:Dave Vockell, Deepak Kumar, Ashish Agrawal, Jay Bhowmik

Second Place: Accordion Health
Team Members:Joyce Ho, Yubin Park, Sriram Vishwanath, Omar Alvi, Jason Roh

Third Place: karmadata
Team Members:Sean Power, Brendan Kelleher, J. Yesi Orihuela

“Code-a-Palooza allowed us to rise to the challenge of improving the U.S. health care system,” said Lyfechannel CEO Dave Vockell. “We are thrilled to have been selected as the first place winners and are excited about our tool Smart Health Hero, which organizes cost and curated information to support patient health decisions and price negotiations, assisting consumers in making better informed choices about their health.”

For more information about the winners’ applications and details about the Code-a-Palooza Challenge, please visit the Health Datapalooza website and read Dr. Karen DeSalvo’s blog post on

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