Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Announces $50,000 Innovation Challenge

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WASHINGTON—The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today announced the PCORI Challenge, a competition to create a system for connecting healthcare researchers and patient partners to advance patient-centered comparative effectiveness research.

PCORI launched the challenge in collaboration with Health 2.0, a San Francisco-based company that promotes and showcases new technologies in health care through a series of conferences, code-a-thons, challenge competitions and more.

“This challenge offers an opportunity for innovators to help PCORI pursue our commitment to ‘research done differently’ by meaningfully bringing the voice of patients, caregivers and other stakeholders to the research process,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “We believe such an approach will produce more meaningful research that improves outcomes that matter to patients.”

PCORI’s funding requirements require that patients and caregivers play a collaborative role throughout the research process, from helping to craft the questions to be studied through the dissemination of research results.

The PCORI Challenge seeks to support this approach by promoting development of a patient/researcher “matching” system that could effectively bring together potential partners interested in rigorous patient-centered outcomes research. The solution could be a well-articulated conceptual model, adaptation of an existing matching protocol, a prototype for new web-based service or app, or some combination of these approaches.

PCORI will award cash prizes to the winning developers in two categories: conceptual model ($10,000) and prototype ($40,000). A panel of judges, including researchers, technologists, patients and other stakeholders, will assess the entries. The submission period opens today and the deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 15. Winners will be announced at a major national health conference in spring 2013.

Interested developers can learn more and register to enter the challenge at www.pcori.org/challenge/.

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