PCORI Announces Winners of Patient-Researcher "Matchmaking App" Challenge
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today announced winners of the PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge.
Sponsored by PCORI and hosted by Health 2.0, the challenge provided an opportunity for developers to create ready-to-use web-based or smartphone-based apps that would facilitate links and spur collaborations among patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders interested in health research, and with clinical researchers. Engaging patients and others across the healthcare community in all aspects of the research process is central to PCORI's approach to research that helps patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare decisions.
The first, second, and third-place winners of the PCORI challenge were announced at the Health 2.0 2014 Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. In accepting the first-place prize, "PatientPowered.us" software developer and patient advocate Sean Ahrens presented a video demonstration of his winning app.
The second place prize of $35,000 was awarded to "WellSpringboard," a crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding online app created by a team based at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The $15,000 third prize was awarded to "Partners in Research," a community-building and collaboration app developed by CareHubs Inc. of Beaverton, Ore.
"Each of the three prize-winning apps submitted to our challenge demonstrated the power to help people share advice, stories, and ideas for studies and to promote collaboration on conditions of mutual interest. We hope their developers will continue to hone their capabilities and encourage their use," said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI's Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer.