EHR Accessibility Module Challenge


Accessibility and usability in health IT are high priority issues for the disability community. A consumer-oriented system providing easy-to-use access to health information would be a valuable tool and significantly improve the health of disabled individuals.

ONC is challenging multidisciplinary teams to create and test a module or application that makes it easy for disabled consumers to access and interact with the health data stored in their EHRs. The application should:

  • Be easy for individuals with disabilities to consume and interact with their health data
  • Be simple to install and learn to use
  • Identify and link to relevant local or online communities and organizations
  • Be able to download data from one or more EHR systems – it does not need to be fully integrated across all systems
  • Leverage and extend NwHIN standards and services including, but not limited to, transport (Direct, web services), content (Transitions of Care, CCD/CCR), and standardized vocabularies.


Competition Organizer

National Health Information Technology

*Available in all states*

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Competition Category
  • Graduate - All U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Technology - Green
  • Technology - Other
  • Virtual/Online
Who's Eligible
  1. General – Contestants must provide continuous access to the app, a detailed description of the app, instructions on how to install and operate the app, and system requirements required to run the app (collectively, “Submission”)
  2. Acceptable platforms – The app must be designed for the Web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, or any platform broadly accessible on the open Internet
  3. Data used – The app must utilize 508 or W3C compliant EHR modules and associated data (as described in the section on review criterion, #3) from available sets. Entries need not include all data fields available in a particular resource. Data from Federal sources may be used alone or in combination with other available data resources at the discretion of the entrant. Related data and resources can be found at:
  4. No ONC logo – The app must not use ONC’s logo or official seal in the Submission, and must not claim endorsement.
  5. Functionality/Accuracy – A Submission may be disqualified if the software application fails to function as expressed in the description provided by the user, or if the software application provides inaccurate or incomplete information.
  6. Security – Submissions must be free of malware. Contestant agrees that the ONC may conduct testing on the app to determine whether malware or other security threats may be present. ONC may disqualify the app if, in ONC’s judgment, the app may damage government or others’ equipment or operating environment
Competition Prizes
  • First Place: $60,000
  • Second Place: $20,000
  • Third Place: $5,000