Evaluation Criteria for Selecting Winning Applications - Phase 1
All applications will be reviewed by at least two External Advisors who will score them based on the review criteria. The Expert Advisors will also provide comments about the application.
The scores/comments will be compiled and a ranking summary provided to AHRQ staff. The highest scoring submissions will be selected as semifinalists. AHRQ staff will select the semifinalists based on the quantitative and qualitative assessments of the Expert Advisors.
Phase 1 Evaluation Criteria:
Challenge submissions will be reviewed by External Advisors with requisite competencies based on the below criteria. The advisors will use a Likert-type scale to assign numeric ratings; the criteria are weighted as follows:
- Effectiveness of the applicant’s statement and understanding of the need to support patients and caregivers during care transitions.
- Description of the user-centered design methodology that will be used to develop the tool. Applicant’s plan to address the needs of both hospitals and health systems discharging patients and patients, families, and caregivers being discharged.
- How well the proposal addresses the information needed for successful care transitions among people with MCC and assists patients and caregivers in understanding hospital discharge instructions and care plans. A list of evidence-based resources to address discharge needs is provided in the “glossary and resources.”
- Plan for design of the tool, including ease-of-use for patients, caregivers, and the integrated care team (physicians, nurses, other professionals and para-professionals); plan for how the proposed tool will reduce burden.
- How innovative the proposed tool is and its ability to be tailored to culturally, linguistically, and technologically diverse audiences, including users with low health literacy or limited English language proficiency.
- Description of how the solution will be based on interoperable HL7/FHIR interoperability standards.
- Plan to leverage existing evidence-based standards.
- Description of how the solution would protect the privacy and security of patient data.
- How well the proposed tool can be integrated into routine workflows.
- Description of how the prototype would be developed if selected for phase 2 of the Challenge.
- Availability of open source version of the tool.