The Health Data Consortium is hosting the Code-a-Palooza challenge of a lifetime using newly-released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data to allow developers to create apps that help consumers improve their health care decision-making. The top three teams will receive $35,000 total in prizes.
Why should you participate?
The CMS Medicare Fee-for-Service Provider Utilization and Payment Data being made publicly available for the first time has great potential to further the nation’s understanding of health care spending and physician practice patterns. In particular, the data:
Because this data exists in raw forms that require interpretation and context, it must be presented in ways that the average consumer can understand to make an impact on them. Only then can consumers use the data to help make health choices that are the most appropriate for their specific, individual needs.
Get the New CMS data
The data, in tab delimited and excel formats, and descriptive documentation can be downloaded here. The interactive dataset is also available by clicking on the banner at https://data.cms.gov, featuring tools to work with the data including an open API accessible through the “Export” button.
The Code-a-Palooza Challenge
The Health Data Consortium’s Code-a-Palooza, run in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and CMS, seeks the creation of interactive data visualization tools that communicate complex data from multiple sources in ways that support shared clinical decision making for value based health care. We are most interested in visualizations that maximize the utility of the newly-available Medicare physician data released by CMS as it relates to helping consumer decision-making. The visualizations should be customizable by the user; for example, patients should be able to enter their own health and/or claims information, such as demographic features or clinical attributes, to support their decision-making.
The Code-a-Palooza will be a two-phase process. In Phase I, participants will submit a proposal of no more than 750 words describing use case for their visualization(s) of the CMS Medicare Fee-for-Service Provider Utilization and Payment Data plus any other data, how their approach will address the use case, and the data sources they intend to use. A review panel will select the top five to ten finalists who will advance to Phase II. Applicants for the Code-a-Palooza will be eligible for a special rate of $195 for Health Datapalooza registration.
In Phase II, the finalists will build out their visualization tools to the most complete extent possible during the month of May. Finally, at Health Datapalooza, each finalist will present a live demo of their creation for a review panel, and the winners will be announced at the end of the conference. Complimentary registration to Health Datapalooza will be provided to 2 team members from each finalist team. Travel stipends will not be provided for finalists.
The top 3 tools will claim the following prizes:
To learn more about the Code-a-Palooza and the CMS data, please view this webinar.
To participate in the Code-a-Palooza, please submit the information below by 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, April 25. Finalists will be notified by Friday, May 2.
Thank you for your interest in participating in Code-a-Palooza 2014. Unfortunately, Phase I submissions are closed. Please check back in May to find out who will get to move to Phase II!