Consumer Reports Wins RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge

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After months of competition, we are excited to finally announce the grand prize winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Hospital Price Transparency (Apps and Tools) Challenge! This high stakes competition launched on June 3rd at the Health Datapalooza IV and consisted of two phases, with the Phase 1 concept submissions due on August 4, 2013. Applicants were tasked to use recently released CMS inpatient and/or outpatient hospital charge data to create apps and tools that can help consumers make more informed decisions about which hospitals provide the highest quality and low cost procedures.

The challenge received over 85 submissions in the ‘Apps and Tools’ category. The five finalists  – Consumer Reports, Habersham Health, NerdWallet Health, Procedure Tap, ReferMe – were announced October 1st and each won $5,000.Then these five finalists (and any non-finalists) were asked to take their concepts and wireframes to actually develop working apps. We are thrilled to announce the winning solutions:

  • Starting with 3rd place, we have NerdWallet Health! Their web app provides users with recommended hospitals in their location best suited for their treatment, winning $5,000.

  • In 2nd place was ReferMe Health. Similar to Kayak or Yelp, ReferMe asks patients what they are looking for with regards to cost, quality, and distance, and then chooses the best hospital based on the patient’s preferences. They took home $10,000.

  • Finally in 1st place was Consumer Reports! This tool, created specifically for the RWJF Challenge, is personalized for health-care consumers seeking the best hospital for hip or knee replacement surgery. Consumers are then able to compile all their research, including outside experiences, and notes all in one place. This grand prize app won $50,000!

We congratulate the winners for their tremendous efforts and look forward to seeing their applications enter the market to help millions of consumers. Learn more about the challenge and winning submissions here.

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