Guest post by Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt
The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge–It’s On!
By Indu Subaiya & Matthew Holt
[Original post published on The Health Care Blog July 8, 2010, and reprinted with permission from Matthew Holt.]
Today is the formal kick-off of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge. The challenge was first announced by Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra on June 2 at the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI) meeting, and it’s partly a continuation of the great work done within CHDI, and partly an expansion of the code-a-thon/developer camp effort to the whole Health 2.0 community. The challenge is supported by HHS. It’s being run by the Health 2.0 Conference, with partners O’Reilly, Internet2, Sunlight Labs, Healthtap & the Health 2.0 Accelerator.
Anyone can submit a challenge or join a team to solve a challenge. But the goal is to get the health care and developer communities working on building new innovative applications in rapid-fire time.
The Challenge has two parts: online and offline. The online challenge process officially begins today—there are four challenges up already and we have several others in the queue, but we’re looking for more!
- Whyville challenges game developers to build tools for their arcade to help kids understand and apply health data. The kids will vote on the winner!
- Move your apps; a challenge to develop an app for the Android platform that helps users burn calories, brought to you by Snaptic & Hopelab.
- Practice Fusion’s Real Time Patient-Driven Data Challenge invites developers to build applications that connect to the Practice Fusion EMR platform.
- The Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program wants to see whether a lightweight EMR can be built with blog and wiki software.
- And……Your challenge here!!
Teams will be working on challenges over the course of the summer. Selected winners from the challenges will be showcased at the Fall Health 2.0 Conference, and we’ll be building an online community of challengers and teams in the coming weeks.