June 7—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has launched a competition among technology developers to create tools for consumers that encourage better understanding, interpretation, and use of Medicare hospital pricing data.  

The recent release of hospital pricing data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has caused a lot of consumer confusion about how to interpret and use the highly variable data to compare hospital prices. This competition was created with the goal of aiding consumers in this effort.

The competition consists of two components—one for creating visualizations of the data, and another for developing consumer applications and tools. Competition winners will share $120,000 in prize money. 

The deadline for submitting the visualization component is Aug. 25, 2013. Winners of this aspect of the challenge will be announced at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in October 2013. The initial deadline for the app and tool component is Aug. 4. Five semi-finalists will be chosen first and then winners will be announced on Dec. 9 at the mHealth Summit. 

Publication Date: Friday, June 07, 2013