A challenge is a project in which multidisciplinary teams are tasked with building technology solutions that address issues identified by a sponsoring organization, such as a non-profit, foundation, or for-profit company. Developers, designers, patients, providers, health care organizations, and anyone else interested in health care are invited to take part in the challenge. Winning teams have been awarded prizes that range up to $250,000.

Email Graeme Ossey at if you have any questions or if you’d like to launch a project.

Current Challenges

Have a problem in healthcare that you think technology could help fix? Want to see what creative developers might do with access to new datasets or platforms? Anyone can sponsor a challenge. You can be a foundation, academic institution, investor, government agency, technology company or healthcare organization. If you have a question, you never know who might have a solution. For more details see the FAQs here.

Challenge Name Prizes Deadline
Pilot Health Tech NYC 2015 $500,000 December 18, 2015
“A Bill You Can Understand” Design & Innovation Challenge $10,000 August 10, 2016
Technology for Healthy Communities $200,000 May 17, 2016
VA Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge $300,000 Closed for Judging
Aetna Foundation, HHS, & NHIT Collaborative Innovating for the Underserved Business Plan Challenge $75,000 Closed for Judging
The Allscripts Open API Patient Engagement Challenge $15,000 Closed for Judging
Allscripts Open App Challenge $750,000 Winners Announced
Pilot Health Tech NYC 2014 $1,000,000 Winners Announced
Putting Care in Context: Empowering Patients to Share Their Barriers to Good Health $10,000 Winners Announced

ONC i2 Challenges

On June 8, 2011, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the launch of the Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative, a bold new program designed to spur innovations in health IT. The program centers on prizes and competitions to accelerate the development of solutions and communities around key challenges in health IT.

Challenge Name Prizes Deadline
ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge $300,000 Closed for Judging
Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge $100,000 Winners Announced
Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Challenge $80,000 Winners Announced
Apps4TotsHealth Challenge $25,000 Winners Announced
Crowds Care for Cancer Challenge: Supporting Survivors $40,000 Winners Announced
Blue Button Co-Design Challenge $55,000 Winners Announced
My Air, My Health: An EPA/HHS Challenge $160,000 Winners Announced