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Healthcare Data for Public Health Action Challenge

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Association of Public Health Laboratories
Letter of Intent (Required): Aug 18, 2023
Application: Nov 17, 2023

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This program is an award challenge designed to collect and electronically report complete case information from healthcare to public health agencies (PHAs) so they can better prepare for, and respond to, health concerns in their jurisdictions. Participants from rural and tribal jurisdictions are encouraged.

Successful participants will meet CMS Promoting Interoperability requirements for electronic case reporting (eCR).

Challenge requirements:

  • Implement the collection of key, coded work information at one or more health care organizations (HCOs)
  • Implement the HL7 CDA electronic initial case report (eICR) R3.1 standard with Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System (RCKMS) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) eCR AIMS platform to send case reports to the appropriate PHA(s)
  • Collaborate with the points-of-contact for eCR and, as appropriate, occupational health, at the PHA(s) to ensure that reporting specifications are available in the RCKMS
  • Include additional challenge data for a better score

Reporting must be from hospitals, health systems, and/or ambulatory practices in the United States and its territories.

Award recipients must include at least one HCO (hospital, health system, and/or ambulatory practice). Awardees can be individual HCOs or teams, with members such as:

  • HCOs new to eCR or those who previously implemented eCR and now meet the Challenge requirements
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers, Health Center Controlled Networks, Primary Care Associations
  • Tribal and territorial HCOs
  • EHR vendors
  • Third party reporting organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Up to two awards of $125,000 each

Awardees who fulfill the required Challenge criteria and have included silicosis case reporting will receive an additional $25,000.

After the end of the Challenge, sponsors from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will be available to consult about the use of patients' work information for population health activities, such as assessing patient risk and opportunities for improving the health of workers.

Application process

Steps for participation:

  1. Watch the Challenge Kick-Off Call recording, read the FAQs, and reach out to with any questions.
  2. Complete the non-binding Challenge participation interest form by August 18, 2023.
  3. Email evidence of completion of challenge criteria to by November 17, 2023.
Tagged as
Health information technology · Healthcare facilities · Occupational health and safety · Population health · Public health · Social determinants of health · Statistics and data · Technology for health and human services

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