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Host Eligibility

The Host must be a health care organization operating in a clinical environment, (e.g., hospital, ambulatory care, surgical center), public health and community environment (community-based personnel such as public health department, community health worker, mobile medical truck, school- and jail-based clinic), or consumer health (e.g., self-insured employer, pharmacy, laboratory) and must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Health care organizations must serve enough consumers or patients to conduct a pilot study 
  • Ability to allocate time and resources to plan and implement the pilot project
  • Allocate one business-minded champion to shepherd project from the initial application through the pilot’s implementation
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Innovator Eligibility

The Innovator, an early-stage health care technology company, must have a readily available tech-based product focused on improving health care that can be tested in the Host setting and meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of financial stability, managerial capacity, and scalability
  • Maximum number of 50 employees
  • Less than $10M in venture capital funding raised

In order for an Innovator’s application to be eligible to win this Challenge, it must meet the following requirements:

  • No HHS or ONC logo – The product must not use HHS’ or ONC’s logos or official seals and must not claim endorsement.
  • Functionality/Accuracy – A product may be disqualified if it fails to function as expressed in the description provided by the user, or if it provides inaccurate or incomplete information.
  • Security – Submissions must be free of malware. Contestant agrees that ONC may conduct testing on the product to determine whether malware or other security threats may be present. ONC may disqualify the product if, in ONC’s judgment, the app may damage government or others’ equipment or operating environment.

Intellectual Property

Ownership of intellectual property is determined by the following:

Each entrant retains title and full ownership in and to their submission.  Entrants expressly reserve all intellectual property rights not expressly granted under the Challenge agreement.

By participating in the Challenge, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to Sponsor and Administrator a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license and right to reproduce, publically perform, publically display, and use the Submission to the extent necessary to administer the Challenge, and to publically perform and publically display the Submission, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge.

Additional Information

General Conditions: ONC reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, for any reason, at ONC's sole discretion. 

To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, 

an individual or entity:

(1) Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

(2) Shall have complied with all the requirements under this section.

(3) In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

(4) May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment.

(5) Shall not be an HHS employee working on their applications or submissions during assigned duty hours. 

(6) Shall not be an employee of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

(7) Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award.

(8) Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission. 

An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis.

Entrants must agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from my participation in this prize contest, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

Entrants must also agree to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to competition activities.