HHS Announces New Synthetic Health Data Challenge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the launch of the Synthetic Health Data Challenge (Challenge).

Synthetic health data is realistic (but not real) health record data that contains a complete medical history from birth to death. This data can be used without cost or restriction and is intended to support the specific interests of researchers and developers for testing the effectiveness of tools, algorithms, and disease modeling approaches. The Challenge, part of ONC's Synthetic Health Data Generation to Accelerate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) project, invites participants to create and test innovative and novel solutions that will further cultivate the capabilities of SyntheaTM, an open-source synthetic patient generator that models the medical histories of synthetic patients.

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