Challenges and Competition Services

It's about investing in innovation to solve complex challenges.

But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. - Steve Jobs

The America COMPETES Act of 2010 represents a major milestone on the Nation's path to building an innovation economy for the 21st century—an economy that harnesses the scientific and technological ingenuity that has long been at the core of America’s prosperity and applies that creative force to some of the biggest challenges of today. America COMPETES gives every government department and agency the authority to conduct competitions for prizes. Prizes and challenges have an excellent track record of accelerating problem-solving by tapping America’s top talent and best expertise wherever it may lie.

Capital Consulting Corporation (CCC) provides the knowledge and expertise to manage the America COMPETES challenge process—from convening expert panels to selecting innovation topics, to holding the competitions, and to awarding the prizes. Competitions can be both large and small, with Phase I and Phase II development prizes.

CCC's work in the Challenge area is based on health IT competition topics developed in consultation with our clients, including the following:

  • Applications that allow an individual to securely and effectively share health information with members of his or her social network;
  • Applications that generate results for patients, caregivers, and/or clinicians by providing them with access to rigorous and relevant information that can support real needs and immediate decisions;
  • Applications that allow individuals to connect during natural disasters and other periods of emergency; and
  • Tools that facilitate exchange of health information while allowing individuals to customize the privacy allowances for their personal health records.

Our work also supports analysis of the current health IT environment in an effort to track and model clusters of innovation, while simultaneously identifying connections between disparate innovator communities. This effort will identify technology development trends in a fast-moving sector to inform future advisory and policy-making activities, and to help agencies better understand these developments and the issues that surround them.