Sixteen winning designs selected from the HHS Covid-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon aim to increase speed, quality, comprehensiveness, and utility of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test data. This effort will help maintain visibility and increase reporting accuracy on SARS-CoV-2 infection rates across the country. Another contest objective is to ensure that all SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tools can securely transmit test results to local and national public health authorities, as well as healthcare providers and patients, ensuring a timely public health response.

The Covid-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon, led by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), and the HHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), attracted 700 participants over a 10-day technology innovation sprint. Thirty-one teams submitted final capstone projects for judging. All submitted final capstone projects are publicly viewable here.

“The Design-a-thon harnessed the power of American ingenuity to ensure we have accurate, user-friendly reporting of covid-19 testing results, especially those from rapid, easy to use tests,” said Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD. “The development of new technology for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing greatly enhances our capabilities, but also introduces new challenges for the public health response. More FDA-authorized rapid diagnostics, such as point-of-care, over-the-counter, and at-home tests, are increasingly being utilized but often lack an easy way for users, such as schools, nursing homes, or businesses, to report results. This effort will address this gap.”

Winners of the Design-a-thon will advance to a 6-week TOPx (The Opportunity Project) virtual tech sprint to expedite further development starting in January 2021. The culmination of TOPx is a public-facing “Demo Day,” which will showcase many potential solutions and products from different organizations.

The ultimate result of both the Design-a-thon and TOPx technology sprints will be SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that have built-in, automated, harmonized data capture and wireless transmission capabilities. These capabilities will alleviate data collection and reporting burdens for patients, providers, anyone administering/using tests, labs through which data is routed—but perhaps most critically, these capabilities will be necessary for data capture and reporting when at-home, non-prescription, and over-the-counter tests are authorized and begin saturating the market. On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, FDA authorized an antigen test as the first over-the-counter fully at-home diagnostic test for covid-19.

Design-a-thon Winning Teams


Oracle: Covid-19 Immutable Test Results Submission and Visualization

Design provides a front-end web application and representational state transfer (REST) application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable submission of test results directly from mobile apps, test manufacturers, or administrator networks. Uses Oracle blockchain platform, analytics, and cloud infrastructure as well as distributed ledger technology to enable real-time reporting of individual and batched results in a trackable manner with confidentiality, integrity of identity and data, and immutability. (Score: 33/35)

SILVER (tie)

Interpret-Covid: Consumer Dx Test App

The application disseminates FDA authorized Covid Dx test information to consumers and collects outcome data via blockchain for post-market analysis. The system will not collect or track personally identifiable data. Consumers are empowered to own, collect, track or share test results with their physician and provide anonymous feedback on test performance, clinical outcomes, and other health determinants. (Score 30.5/35)

Oasys: One Country, One Data Standard, One Process for all

Smartphone technology to make data entry by the patients easy, fast, and accurate. Interfaces with Gov-Cloud and uses near Real-Time Data Streaming technology for instantaneous data refinery, enrichment, aggregation, and reporting. Artificial intelligence and machine learning in conjunction with a remote attendance capable of understanding speech and syntax provide patients in remote areas with the ability to also register over a landline. (Score: 30.5/35)


Net Medical Xpress Solutions, Inc: Net Medical’s Telemed for Covid-19 Wireless Data

Treats covid-19 test data capture as a telemedicine consult problem: supports covid-19 data collection and harmonization through questionnaires, order, and diagnostic forms. HL7 2.5.1 interface for export has been implemented and adopts standards like HTML5 and Web Bluetooth API. (Score: 30/35)

For more information, visit HHS Covid-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon

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