Announcing Winners of the Medicare Claims Data Challenge Developer Challenge – By Deb Linton April 10, 2012:

We are pleased to announce that teams from Zenithech LLC, Avanade Inc. and Big Yellow Star  won the Medicare Claims Data Developer Challenge sponsored by IMPAQ International LLC and theNational Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago.  IMPAQ, a social research and consulting services company, and NORC, a not-for-profit, academic research organization, teamed up with Health 2.0 to create a competition to spur development of interactive Internet-based tools to make Medicare claims data more accessible and usable for clinicians, health researchers, consumers, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and others.

The Challenge required contestants to create online tools allowing users to access at least one of the eight public use files (PUFs) covering eight types of 2008 Medicare claims data released last year: inpatient, durable medical equipment, hospice, carrier line, home health, Medicare Part D, outpatient and skilled nursing facility. Applications were judged on the potential to help address two key Medicare claims data issues –  usability, and the potential for integration with existing claims systems and other health technology platforms.

The first place winner was Zenithech, a Fairfax, Virginia-based developer of web and mobile applications. The company won $7,500 and two passes to the Health 2.0 Spring Fling MatchpointBoston conference for developing MEDZ, a dashboard that displays and lets users conduct in-depth analysis of all eight PUFs for comparative research and in-depth analysis. Read More