New Challenge Competition Offers Prizes for Ideas on Advancing AHRQ’s CDS Connect

Four prizes of $25,000 each will be awarded to winning contestants in a new challenge competition designed to solicit ideas on advancing the functionality, value and accessibility of AHRQ’s CDS Connect platform. The goal of the new challenge is to strengthen the ways in which industry, government and nonprofit entities can collaborate to share innovative CDS across health systems. The competition will proceed in two phases, first calling for design proposals, then invitations for live Phase II presentations. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: best overall design, best technical functionalities, best value proposition and most innovative design. Winners will be announced in later 2024. The submission window has closed but information about the effort is available here or by contacting ahrqchallenges@ahrq.hhs.gov.

In 2016, AHRQ launched a program of grants and contracts aimed at helping health care providers move patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) evidence into practice through clinical decision support (CDS). AHRQ advances the science of CDS by supporting implementers, clinicians, and technology vendors in developing CDS tools that are shareable, standards-based, publicly-available, and patient-centered. These components are detailed below.

Beyond these efforts, AHRQ continues to fund grants focused on advancing evidence into practice.  Grant funding is available for digital healthcare research and other priority areas, including clinical decision support. Please visit https://www.ahrq.gov/funding/fund-opps/index.html  for information on those opportunities.