With the Health 2.0 Fall Conference underway, we’re excited to to announce the winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Hospital Price Transparency Challenge! The Foundation launched the RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge on June 3, 2013 at the Health Datapalooza tasking innovators to build tools and visualizations that can enable consumers to make more informed decisions based on recently release CMS hospital inpatient and outpatient pricing data.
This challenge was broken into two categories: the Visualization Category and the Apps & Tools Category. The Visualization Category tasked innovators to build interactive or static visualizations that can better display aspects of the pricing data like regional patterns or differences by procedure while the Apps & Tools Category challenged teams to create a tool or app that allows users to analyze and potentially leverage the data for purchasing decisions or to negotiate hospital bills.
The foundation received a tremendous response from the technology and design community, with over 130 total submissions received for both categories. Health 2.0 is thrilled to announce the results!
Interactive Visualization Category Winners:
- 1st place ($9,000): Optimal Hospital by Adam McCann
- 2nd place ($7,000): Clinic Optimizer by Drake Pruitt, Mauro Brunato, and Roberto Battiti
- 3rd place ($3,000): Crystal Care by Sagar Sawant
Static Visualization Category Winners:
- 1st place ($6,000): Imaginary Office by Esther Chak, Mary-Jo Valentino
- 2nd place ($3,500): wHealth by Edward Kim
- 3rd place ($1,500): Hospital Prices and Consumer Assessment Survey by Melvin Hill
For the applications/tools category, five finalist were chosen out of 85 submissions! It was a close race, no doubt. These teams won $5,000 each, and are now tasked with building out their conceptual designs into real applications! The five finalists were:
- Consumer Reports by Chris Bailey
- Haberham Health by Jacob Byrne
- Nerdwallet Health by Christina LaMontagne
- ProcedureTap by Tony Webster
- ReferMe by Arjun Ohri
Learn more about the challenge HERE and stay tuned for results from Phase II of the Apps & Tools Category of the challenge that will be announced at the mHealth Summit in December!