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HHS Issues ‘Ocular Imaging Challenge’

On May 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Federal Register notice to announce the latest in a series of “America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act” prize competitions (or “challenges”), this one on the topic of ocular imaging.    While ophthalmology specific, this challenge may be of interest to a few in the radiology IT community.

For the challenge, participants are asked to create an application that improves interoperability among ophthalmic imaging devices, measurement devices, and EHRs.  Specifically, HHS wants the application to:

  • Convert output from legacy ophthalmic imaging and measurement devices from proprietary formats to vendor-neutral standard formats (e.g. using freeware DICOM tools).
  • Archive data from multiple imaging and measurement devices.
  • Display images and data for clinicians, and permit basic functionalities such as optimizing viewing parameters (e.g. brightness, contrast, color, zoom, pan).
  • Integrate with existing EHRs (e.g. single sign-on).
  • Where applicable, leverage and extend NwHIN standards and services including, but not limited to, transport (Direct, web services), content (Transitions of Care, CCD/CCR), and standardized vocabularies.

As with all America COMPETES Act challenges, the prize money is relatively limited ($100k for 1st place, $35k for 2nd place, and $15k for 3rd place), but could certainly pique the interest of individual software developers, IT students, start ups, etc.

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