Infoway $95,000 data challenge deadline is Feb 29

Do you have authorized access to Canadian healthcare data? Put that data to work to help answer some pressing healthcare questions for the opportunity to take part in the more than $95,000 in awards available. Canada Health Infoway’s Data Impact Challenge II asks authorized users of health data sets to analyze their data to help answer one (or more) of the following questions:

• To what extent does re-prescribing and re-dispensing of culprit drugs contribute to the burden of adverse drug events presenting to Canadian hospitals?

• What is the current antimicrobial consumption in a particular sector/unit/common condition? Are there particular outliers if we compare patient consumption, and what should we expect to see?

• What proportion of Canadian youth (13-17) have posted about their mental health, and describe experiencing bullying or suicidal thoughts in the past 12 months on social media?

• What proportion of prescriptions are unfilled or not picked up by patients?

• What is the reduction in microbial use in hospitals with microbial stewardship programs?

• What proportion of acute opioid users become chronic users? What is the rate of opioid-related deaths among chronic opioid users?

• Is there a difference in outcomes for patients with diabetes and those who do not have diabetes using ACE or ARBs?

Additional information on the Challenge questions is now available on the Challenge web site (

Teams are invited to register and submit their answers until February 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET.