This is an open call for innovative ways to use Massachusetts provider price data to drive transparency of healthcare costs to educate consumers and inform policy makers. Finalists will participate in a live Pitch Off event and prizes will be awarded for the best visualization of the data.

The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is an independent agency that exists to increase transparency in the Massachusetts health care system and ensure that policymakers and regulators have access to objective, reliable data.

CHIA has recently made available a public dataset that includes an unprecedented amount of healthcare procedure price information. The dataset is built off of healthcare claims, and reflects insurer payments to providers for 295 common healthcare services.

CHIA has partnered with the Massachusetts eHealth Institute—the state’s designated agency leading the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative and promoting health IT innovation, technology and competitiveness—to launch a data challenge to showcase potentially innovative uses of the data.

Our shared belief is that providing more information will lead to better decisions and better outcomes. Our objective with this competition is to leverage your expertise to gain new insights and support a more informed public dialogue about healthcare costs.

We invite submitters to share their best ideas of how to use this data to drive transparency of healthcare costs to educate consumers and inform policy makers.

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Win $5000 in prizes

One finalist will be selected in each of the following four categories: Best data visualization, Best use of additional data source(s), Best student entry, Crowd favorite

Best data visualization, best use of additional data sources, and best student entry will be determined based on Judge scoring alone. The crowd favorite will be determined through your voting on this platform. Please share and invite your colleagues, friends, and family to help you win! The four finalists will be invited to present at the Live Pitch Off Event to compete for the overall prize.


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Note: Eligible participants currently enrolled as undergraduate, masters or PhD students may enter for consideration in the Best Student Entry category. PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers are ineligible to participate as students; although they are welcome to enter in the other categories. Students may be enrolled part-time or full-time. They can enter as individuals or a team; however, a team may not have more than 50% PhD students.

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