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Health 2.0 and ONC Announce Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge

Targets Development of Platform-Agnostic Technology Tools That Improve Reporting of Medical Errors, Adverse Events (April 12, 2012)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/12/12 -- Health 2.0 and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today launched the Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge, designed to spur development of platform-agnostic health information technology (HIT) tools to facilitate the reporting of medical errors in hospital and outpatient settings. The deadline to submit applications is August 31, 2012.

The Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge is part of the ONC Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative, which holds competitions featuring cash and other prizes to accelerate development and adoption of technology solutions that enhance quality and outcomes. The program is run through the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge.

"We are very confident this completion will drive patient safety to a higher level by addressing gaps in the voluntary adverse event reporting process," Indu Subaiya, Co-Chairman and CEO of Health 2.0. "Because medical errors occur in a complex environment and are caused by multiple factors, providers and health care regulators must capture a wider range of data beyond the common definitions and reporting formats (Common Formats) developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The innovative, winning tools that emerge from this challenge will improve the flow of actionable information, help providers identify and address issues that put patients at risk, and make it easier for hospitals and physician practices to voluntarily report incidents, near misses and unsafe conditions to patient safety organizations (PSOs), and public health and health oversight agencies."

In order to increase the amount, frequency, and granularity of reported data, challenge submissions must:

  • Increase the ease of reporting patient safety events to the provider or parent organization;
  • Enable providers to import relevant EMR, PHR, and other electronic information, including screen shots, to the patient safety report and, in turn, submit an AHRQ Common Formats-compliant report to one or more PSOs;
  • Capture useful demographic and other relevant information from each patient including age, gender, race, and relevant diagnoses;
  • Capture information about the type of organization submitting the report using AHRQ's PSO Information format;
  • Reduce burden of reporting by enabling the provider or parent organization to have the option of submitting information in the patient safety report to non-PSO public health or health oversight organizations, including state or federal programs or accrediting or certifying bodies.

Applicants are required to submit their entries by August 31, 2012, and will be judged on the effectiveness of their system in facilitating patient safety event reporting including compliance with AHRQ's common formats; usability and design; ability to integrate with EHRs and other HIT data sources; and application of NwHIN standards.

The first place winner will receive $50,000. The second place prize will be $15,000 and third prize will be $5,000. Please visit the Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge website to learn more about the challenge.

About the Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative
The Investing in Innovation (i2) program utilizes prizes and challenges to facilitate innovation and obtain solutions to intractable health IT problems. Aligned with the Administration's innovation agenda, i2 is the first federal program to operate under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. For details see

About ONC
ONC is the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009. For more information, see

About Health 2.0
Health 2.0: The conference. The media network. The innovation community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge innovation transforming the health care system and is the premiere platform connecting IT innovators to established health care providers. Health 2.0 covers the broadest spectrum of the technology revolution that is shaking up every sector of health care. Learn more at

Jodi Amendola
Amendola Communications
for Health 2.0
480-664-8412 ext. 11
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