Care Coordination Challenge Competitors Advance to Phase II

Earlier this year, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs launched the Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge. This competition is an effort to crowdsource algorithm based solutions that will pinpoint gaps and conflicts in patient treatment plans. The goal is for each veteran to have a single authoritative plan of care that is shared among all treating clinicians focused on the wellness of the patient. Mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pain are key areas of interest but it is expected that winning solutions could scale beyond to incorporate other conditions. Not only would this improve care for veterans but reduce costs associated with errors and duplications.

After many months of tinkering with their algorithms, over 50 teams submitted their solutions on July 13, 2015. With so many exciting and innovative proposals it was difficult for our review panel to narrow down five submissions to move onto the next phase. Congratulations to the following teams that will move onto Phase II:

  • Caredinator
  • VC3
  • HSPC
  • USCSPLUNKBAH
  • Systems Made Simple

The finalists will receive $5,000 each and move on to build a prototype of their solution in Phase II. Winners will be announced in December 2015. A total of $300,000 will be awarded in prizes. Creating a unified treatment plan allows all providers and caregivers for a single patient an overview to ensure that medications and procedures are all working in harmony. Algorithm-based solutions alleviate stress on providers and patients by supporting decisions throughout the patient’s journey, while helping prevent costly mistakes in treatment plans. With programs like the Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge, the building tools to help care teams communicate gains awareness and attention. With the help of talented innovators, care coordination will become standard procedure, both in VA hospitals, and in those around the nation.

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