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Health IT Prizes & Challenges

Using Public Data for Cancer Prevention: From Innovation to Impact

Entrants were asked to develop innovative software applications that address challenges faced by consumers, clinicians, or researchers at one or more points on the cancer control continuum. The apps were to use public data relevant to cancer prevention and control and have the potential to integrate with existing technology platforms. Each of the semi-finalists received a $10,000 prize and are now competing for the $20,000 grand prize, to be determined in November.

  • Ask Dory! – submitted by Chintan Patel (PhD), Sharib Khan (MD, MA, MPH), and Aamir Hussain (BS). Relying on data from www.ClinicalTrials.gov and making use of an entropy-based decision tree algorithm, “Ask Dory” helps patients find clinical trial investigators near them. A functional demo is available at http://Dory.trialx.com .
  • My Cancer Genome – submitted by Mia Levy (MD/PhD). “My Cancer Genome,” which is operational at www.MyCancerGenome.org  , annotates the NCI’s physician data query clinical trial registry data set with information on genes being evaluated in therapeutic clinical trials, and uses this information to provide therapeutic options based on the patient’s tumor gene mutations.
  • Health Owl – submitted by Michael Diefenbach (PhD) and Kevin Durr. Using data from the NCI's physician data query clinical trial registry, from Medline+, and from www.StateCancerProfiles.cancer.gov, “Health Owl” aims to make cancer-screening and its decision-making process simple and reliable by providing tailored recommendations based on recorded family history and demographic variables. Video demo is available at www.HealthOwl.org/tour .
  • Cancer App by mHealth Solutions – submitted by Ralph Passarella (MD/PhD candidate). The mHealth Solutions Cancer App makes use of data from NCI, the National Toxicology Report, the SEER database, and other sources to provide individuals with easily-comprehensible, personalized strategies for reducing cancer risk by leveraging public information to empower users to take their health into their own hands. Check out the video demo .