Meet the Winners of the 2015 ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge!

The six winners of the inaugural ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge have been announced! These teams will go on to live-test new health information technology (health IT) applications in health care settings administered by their challenge partners. Watch the webinar or check out the descriptions below to find out which teams were awarded $50,000 to fund their pilot programs. 

ClinicalBox and Lowell General Hospital

ClinicalBox develops software for coordination and patient engagement across the surgical care continuum. Their technology, CoordinationBox, tracks patients through the care delivery pipeline and visualizes critical tasks that need to be completed for the health care provider. It facilitates communication with the patient and provides them with a visual overview of the stages in their episode of care, as well as task lists and educational materials. The pilot with Lowell General Hospital will test CoordinationBox’s efficacy in coordinating care and engaging patients during surgical episodes.


CreateIT Healthcare Solutions and MHP Salud

CreateIT Healthcare Solutions’ MyCare Communicator is a patient engagement platform used to engage a culturally, economically, and technologically diverse patient population. The platform allows healthcare providers to deliver education materials and clinically relevant messages to patients in their native language via email, SMS, and automated voice. MHP Salud will pilot the MyCare Communicator in the Texas Rio Grande Valley to enhance the impact of its Community Health Worker programming in the areas of diabetes prevention and breastfeeding.

Gecko Health Innovations and Boston Children’s Hospital

Gecko Health Innovations’ CareTRx uses medication sensors, mobile apps, and cloud computing to improve respiratory disease management and provide relief for asthma patients. The technology records medication use, sends reminders, tracks symptoms, and shares reports with care coordinators. In partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital, the pilot will evaluate the effectiveness of CareTRx on asthma self-management among urban school children compared to traditional self-management practices. 


Optima Integrated Health and University of California, San Francisco, Cardiology Division

Optima-for-Blood Pressure (Optima4BP) is a cloud-based artificial intelligence solution that evaluates hypertensive patients’ real-time status in order to provide personalized decision recommendations for medication treatment changes. Optima4BP analyzes a variety of data to calculate the percentage improvement of potential treatment changes over the current treatment. Hosted by UCSF’s Cardiology Division and integrating with its EMR, the pilot will evaluate the efficacy of Optima4BP in improving care coordination for patients with uncontrolled hypertension. 

Vital Care Telehealth Services and Dominican Sisters Family Health Service

The Senior Total population Assisted Telehealth Services (STATS) program, created by Vital Care Telehealth Services, connects populations of seniors at the community level to preventative care and chronic disease management programs. The pilot project will test STATS efficacy in increasing access to primary and secondary prevention services on the Shinnecock Indian Health Services Clinic located on the reservation on eastern Long Island.