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CMS Launches AI Health Outcomes Challenge to Accelerate Innovation


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today the launch of the CMS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Outcomes Challenge with the hope of accelerating innovative solutions to better predict health outcomes and improve the quality of care for patients.

The AI Health Outcomes Challenge will give innovators a chance to demonstrate how AI tools can be used to forecast unplanned hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions and adverse events, according to CMS.

The three-stage challenge is open to innovators from all sectors to harness AI solutions to predict health outcomes.

The competition starts with the launch stage, which takes place from March through June 2019. In this stage, participants submit an application and provide information about their proposed solution.

Participants will be judged on the impact and innovation of the proposed solution and AI-human collaboration. As many as 20 participants will be selected to advance to stage 1.

During stage 1, which will run from summer through fall 2019, participants will design and test their solutions using certain Medicare claims data sets. No more than five participants will advance to stage 2, and each will be awarded up to $80,000.

Stage 2 will run from winter 2019 through spring 2020, and finalists may request additional Medicare claims data to refine their solutions. The grand prize winner will be awarded up to $1 million, and the runner-up will win up to $250,000. The winner is slated to be announced in April 2020, though dates are subject to change.

A multidisciplinary judging panel will review and score entries for all stages of the challenge.

CMS partnered with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to award up to $1.65 million to selected participants of the challenge.

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