RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge Winners Announced

Cheryl Clark, October 2, 2013

Since Medicare released pricing data on hospital charges months ago, the pressure has been on hospitals to be more transparent. A challenge from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has brought forth interactive tools that should help providers and consumers.

Healthcare decisions might be a lot simpler for consumers to make thanks to developers who participated in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation challenge. The winners were announced Tuesday.

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The winners were announced at the Health 2.0 conference in Silicon Valley, where most of the contestants demonstrated their creations.

Since Medicare released pricing data on hospital charges several months ago, showing wide variation across the country, there has been "increasing pressure for hospitals to be more transparent about their pricing," RWJF says on its website, where the developer challenge was laid out.

The challenge was designed to increase understanding by both providers and consumers. "The fundamental goal is to help users better understand and potentially use hospital charge data," the site says.

The second contest, Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, Interactive Visualization, awarded $9,000 first place prize to Adam McCann, a 30-year specialist in predictive modeling. He works as a consultant for Deloitte. McCann's myoptimalhospital, allows a user to go to any city and specific hospital in the country and see five measures of care (eight adverse events), price, communication and environment (based on responses other patients gave to experience surveys) and service, all based on quality measures reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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