Challenge Competition Prizes Awarded for Ideas on Advancing AHRQ's CDS Connect

Four prizes of $25,000 each were awarded to winning contestants in a challenge competition designed to solicit ideas on advancing the functionality, value and accessibility of AHRQ's CDS Connect platform. The goal of the challenge was to strengthen the ways in which industry, government and nonprofit entities can collaborate to share innovative CDS across health systems. The competition proceeded in two phases; Phase 1 called for design proposals, then selected Phase 1 submissions were invited to give live presentations in Phase 2. Prizes were awarded in four categories: Best Overall Design, Most Innovative, Best Technical Functionalities, and Best Value Proposition. More information on the competition and winners can be found here.

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.