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RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge Winners Announced

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 2, 2013

She adds that by inviting people with video and graphic skills who work with this and other Medicare data to visually assemble it for consumers, the foundation "could democratize pricing, so that it's not just something for researchers or certain small groups of people who understand it."

The goal of the contest also was to "allow people to imagine thinking about healthcare decision-making as a little bit more of a market-based phenomenon."

For McCann's winning entry, Hempstead says that the judges were impressed by its effort to acknowledge that consumers might not all have the same preferences. By merging in an interactive way, pricing, patient experience, quality measures and other factors, could be seen as a realistic approximation of the way "actual consumers might make decisions right now."

The second-place winner of $7,000 for interactive visualization challenge is Drake Pruitt, Mauro Brunato and Roberto Battiti for their "Clinic Optimizer," and third place prize, $3,000, was won by Sagar Sawant for Crystal Care. Edward Kim, of wHealth; and the third place winner is Melvin Hill, for "Hospital Prices and Consumer Assessment."

The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge had a separate component for static visualization. The first place prize of $6,000 was won by Esther Chak and Mary-Jo Valentino. Second place prize of $3,500 was taken by Edward Kim of wHealth and Melvin Hill won the third place prize for Hospital Prices and Consumer Assessment.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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