The AHRQ Step Up App Challenge team held a webinar on August 23, 2018, to share information and answer questions about the challenge competition. Below are several tools to help you learn more about Phase 1:
Video Message From AHRQ Director Gopal Khanna About Entering the Step Up App Challenge
Slides presented during the August 23 webinar (PDF, 3.9 MB).
Frequently asked questions (PDF, 93 KB).
The challenge is organized into three phases:
To enter, participants submit a business case and a presentation deck that demonstrates an approach to developing a technically sound PRO data app. Up to 10 Phase 1 winners will be awarded up to $12,000 based on the merits of their proposals. Phase 1 winners will move to Phase 2: Development.
In the development phase, winning participants will be asked to use their Phase 1 prize funds to design, develop, and demo an MVP PRO app. Finalists will be required to showcase a patient-facing app that is created using the technical specifications and PROMIS® physical functioning measures provided by AHRQ to encourage patients to enter PRO data in a standardized manner. Even though PROMIS® physical functioning measures are selected as the use case for this Challenge, the app should have the capability to be adaptable to PRO domains, other than physical functioning. Additionally, the app should be able to perform computer adaptive tests (CATs) on various devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, and kiosks. The apps developed in Phase 2 should preferably be pilot-test-ready. Data collected from the app should be able to be exported and integrated into an electronic health record (EHR) or another information technology (IT) system for clinical and research purposes. After presenting their applications and submitting an implementation plan, three semi-finalists will be selected. Winners will be selected based on the performance of their MVP apps and the viability of their implementation plans. The grand prize winner will be awarded $35,000 and be invited to pilot their technology in a real-life healthcare system. Second- and third-place winners will receive $30,000 and $25,000, respectively.
The Phase 2 grand prize winner will move to Phase 3 and, in collaboration with a contractor selected by AHRQ, implement a pilot test in a healthcare system. In order to receive the final prize funds, the grand prize winner must successfully meet pilot test milestones. After the milestones are reached, the final $40,000 of prize awards will be distributed to the grand prize winner, who will receive $87,000 in total.
Who Should Apply?
If you are a technologist, a health IT professional, a healthcare innovator, a UX designer, an app developer, or another entity with the appropriate expertise related to application development, we encourage you to register for the Challenge! This Challenge allows participants to apply independently or as a team.