Challenging researchers and data analysts to add their piece to the health care puzzle! Answers to important health care questions hiding in existing data could help reimagine the future of evidence-informed decision making.
The Data Impact Challenge put the call out to those interested in tackling challenging health policy and health care questions. Teams with authorized access to Canadian health care data sets and the ability to conduct timely, privacy-sensitive analysis could help impact health care decisions in Canada – and ultimately improve patient care.
First Place – $20,000
Western π-rates, London, ON
Runner Up Awards – $10,000
A2I, Halifax, NS
Avengers, Toronto, ON
Manitoba Primary Care Research Network, Winnipeg, MB (x2)
Ottawa Hospital Performance Measurement, Ottawa, ON
Judges’ Choice Award – $5,000
Lower Mainland Laboratory Services, Vancouver, BC
Challenge Questions and Team Entries
Below are links to the full text of the Challenge Questions, summaries of the results found by participating teams, and the submitted entries.
The Challenge Questions, created in partnership with our supporting organizations, sought answers on the following health care topics:
- Rate of repeated laboratory tests
- Rate of repeated diagnostic imaging tests
- Effect of discharge summaries on readmissions and/or emergency department visits
- Effect of pharmacist access to medication history on inappropriate prescriptions
- Rate of follow-up for abnormal lab results
- Cancer screening in patients with metastatic disease
- Rate of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans
- Prescription of benzodiazepine or other sedative-hypnotics for older adults.
- Prescription of antipsychotics to older adults
- Frequency of repeat CBC and chemistry testing
- Rate of screening blood tests
- Preoperative testing for patients undergoing low risk surgeries
- Frequency and variation of ANA as a screening test
- Rate of annual physical exams for adults
Data Challenge Webinar Series
In the Data Impact Challenge Webinar Series, we will delve into the submissions to discuss and explore the findings. Join us to be part of the conversation. Register for upcoming webinars and view the videos and slides here.