Walgreens Health Guide Challenge

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed


  • First Prize $25,000 + an opportunity to spend an hour with Walgreens Chief Information Officer, and 2 free passes to the Health 2.0 Fall Conference
  • Second prize $5,000
  • Third prize $3,000
First Place


mHealthCoach logo

Team Members

Aamer Ghaffar, Imran Ahmad, Kalsoom Saleem

The mHealthCoach team developed a sophisticated tablet-based application that incorporates data feeds from multiple health and social media sources in an easy-to-navigate interface. The mHealthCoach application will potentially enable Walgreens health care staff to quickly and easily provide pharmacy customers with useful and relevant health information.

Second Place


Acsys logo

Team Members

Gleb Popov, Jacob Bell, Chris Lagassey

My Health Topics unifies health information across multiple government databases into an easy-to-use service. The application web service is a REST service that outputs data in either JSON or XML. Written in Python and hosted on Google App Engine, the service is fast and highly scalable. The UI takes advantage of HTML5 utilizing our JSON API.


Connecting health information to everyday consumers at locations that are accessible to both their homes and work locations is the goal of our challenge. Walgreens is transforming the role of the community pharmacy by developing a Health Guide position who will act as a navigator to provide hands-on support in obtaining meaningful and actionable data pertinent to a given consumer’s health needs.


To assist this effort, we would like to develop an application and supported web service that would present aggregated HHS data to consumers and Health Guides based upon a disease condition, topic, and/or location. The Health Guide and/or consumers would use this tool to provide information and resources about a specific topic of interest or disease state. Also, related disease specific information from agreeable healthcare non-profit associations would be of added value.

For example, a consumer who has MS would come to the Health Guide for any and all information that might help with MS. With a quick search the Guide would pull up Clinical Trial info, Federal and State data that would be MS specific concerning specialists, hospitals and information from the local and national MS society. In this way, the consumer could instantly be plugged into all resources that would be helpful.

Requirements for this challenge are simple:

  • It should consist of an application that contains a UI that allows the user to select the condition, category, and/or location of the information that they desire. Application will present the information obtained from the web service (defined below) and will allow the user to sort and/or filter within the results.
  • Solution will involve creation of web service responsible for aggregating data from healthdata.gov based upon one or more of the following:
    • Location: City, State or Zip
    • Category—i.e. Providers, Hospitals, Community Resources, General Information (allow for
    • multiple selections)
    • Condition/ICD-9
  • Solution will involve creation of a web service responsible for providing summary information from Medline Plus Health Topic Database (Service or Vocabulary)
  • Data must be aggregated from 3 or more total HHS data stores (in addition to the Medline Plus Health Topic). Candidate databases include but are not limited to:
    • ClinicalTrials.gov
    • Health Information Updates
    • Hospital Compare
    • Home Health Compare
    • Dialysis Facility Compare
    • Nursing Home Compare
    • Helpful Contacts
    • HCUPnet
    • Elder Care Locator
    • Blue Button
  • Application component and UI must be intuitive and user friendly
  • Data within application for any given query can be emailed to a user specifiable email address or exported to a standard PHR
  • Application should support the ability to sub-filter results based upon source data attributes (i.e. Hospital Compare quality measure)
  • Produce consumer-friendly information that is intuitive, simple and easy to use
  • Application must be delivered on and optimized for a tablet
  • Final delivered solution must be fully functional but does not need to be in deployable format for enterprise delivery
  • Focus group/beta-testing is not required in final delivery

Technical Details

  • Must have all current web connectivity attributes and be an available web service tool that can be used with all platforms
  • Must be able to be utilized on our Health Guides iPads or other tables (HTML 5.0 can be used)
  • Architecture should support ease of scaling
  • Web services must support REST


  • Challenge Closed
  • Winners Announced

Review Panel

    • Jay Rosan
    • Walgreens
    • Tim Theriault
    • Walgreens
    • Pat Lucas
    • Walgreens
    • Steve Kukulka
    • Walgreens

Evaluation Criteria

Key evaluation for judging includes:

  • Usability/intuitiveness of application
  • Usefulness of data
  • Number of data sources utilized

Participating Teams

Honey Comb
Dream Fury
Life Portal for Better Health

Terms & Conditions

The following terms and conditions govern the submission of a technology product by a Challenge team (“Team”) to the Walgreens Health Guide Challenge, sponsored by Walgreens, incorporated ("the Sponsor").


  • The Challenge is open only to teams based in the United States.
  • A team must include no less than 2 people and no more than 5.


  • The Sponsor has the absolute discretion to make all decisions related to eligibility, the development, management, implementation and evaluation of the technology product submitted as an entry to the Challenge.
  • Prize awards will be paid directly by the Sponsor to the winning teams.


  • The submission deadline for entries is August 15th, 2011.
  • Once an entry is submitted, a team is prohibited from making any changes or alterations to the technology product described in its submission until the evaluation of the entries is completed. The date for completing the judging evaluation is September 2nd, 2011. This date may be extended in the sole discretion of the Sponsors.


  • The technology product submitted must run on the Apple iPad tablet or on another tablet-based computing platform.
  • A link to an emulator or video of the app’s capabilities and functionality must be entered into the “Web Site” field on the Team application form.
  • A PowerPoint presentation describing the web or mobile app must be uploaded to the Team Application Form and accompany the submitted entry.


  • By submitting a technology product as an entry in response to this Challenge, each team and each team member represents and warrants that:
    • The team and its members are the sole authors, creators, and owners of the technology product submitted as an entry;
    • None of the intellectual property rights in the technology product, or any portion thereof, submitted in the entry has been assigned or transferred to anyone that is not a member of the team;
    • The technology product, through its creation and its submission as an entry, does not violate any applicable laws;
    • The technology product, through its creation and its submission as an entry, does not infringe upon or violate intellectual property rights held by any third person or party;
    • The technology product submitted as an entry comply with appropriate policies, procedures and protections for access to relevant data sets to ensure all privacy requirements, intellectual property considerations, and sponsor restrictions are met; and
  • By submitting an entry in response to this Challenge, each team and each team member agrees to:
    • Comply with and be bound by the official rules and decisions of the sponsor;
    • Release and hold harmless the sponsor, its officers, its employees, and agents (including but not limited to, any judges or evaluators of the entries) from any claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to infringement of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to the Challenge; and,
    • Indemnify, defend and hold harmless the sponsors from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities arising from or relating to participation in the Challenge.


  • By submitting an entry, any team selected as a winner grants the sponsor a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use and display publicly the submitted materials.
  • Ownership of all intellectual property developed for this Challenge is maintained by the participating teams.


  • The sponsor and judges are not responsible for:
    • Any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by teams, data sources, Challenge administrators, printing errors, equipment failures or programming problems associated with this Challenge;
    • Technical failures, including, but not limited to, disconnections in network hardware, software, or phone lines, interruptions, or other malfunctions;
    • Unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Challenge,
    • Technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Challenge or the processing of entries; or
    • Any injury to person or damage to property which may be caused by participating in the Challenge, including but not limited to, receipt or use of any award.