Announcing the Crowds Care for Cancer: Supporting Survivors Challenge Winner


If you’ve been following along this summer, we’ve been supporting federal efforts to crowdsource the creation of an app for cancer survivors. And we’re happy to announce that the results are in! The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the National Cancer Institute would like to congratulate Dr. Michelle Longmire and the Medable team on their $25,000 grand prize winning submission Together.

Together is an iPhone accessible mobile phone app whose core design addresses the challenge of how to improve transitions within cancer care.

A prominent feature of the app, “Care Conversation” provides a secure platform for collaborative care where patients can invite multiple providers into a chat thread to answer questions and create a dialogue with the patient and their own health care team. Using cancer survivors to help co-design the fundamental features of their tool, the Medable team focused on improving communication between patients and their care team. Together promises to be a tool that can unite all members of the healthcare team to help cancer survivors transition between specialists and primary care providers.

A screen shot of Together’s  “Care Conversation” feature

A screen shot of Together’s “Care Conversation” feature

Version 1.0 of Together will be released this month in the iTunes App Store.

Another stand out feature of the app is the ability to integrate commercial wearable sensor data (e.g. blood pressure monitors, wearable devices like Fitbit) with relative data handling ease. Together is one of the first applications that enables a patient to share commercial wearable sensor data with their healthcare provider.

Together was chosen as one of three initial finalists from a pool of 30 applicants that submitted tools to the first phase of the Crowds Care for Cancer Challenge (CC4C13). In the second phase of the challenge, Together—along with the other two finalists Patients with Power, and Journey Forward—launched a 30- day crowdfunding campaign with the help of the crowdfunding platform MedStartr. Soliciting support from ‘the crowd’ the three teams garnered additional seed funding as well as pertinent feedback for further iterations of their tools. Thank you to all of those folks who helped review these ideas!

On July 12th the three finalists turned in their final submissions for judging. The review panel comprised of various cancer care stakeholders: patient advocates, academics, clinicians, and health information technology specialists. All submissions were judged on innovation, usability and design, evidence of co-design, integrations with Blue Button+ standards, customizability, and ability to address the needs of cancer survivors (Click here to full details of the Challenge).

Along with being awarded the $25,000 grand prize, the Together team will have the opportunity to attend the 2013 Rock Health Innovation Summit on August 8th-9th to demo and exhibit their app for all Summit attendees.

What do you think about the CC4C13 Challenge winner? We’d love to get your feedback and pass it along to our federal partners. With efforts like these, it is the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s hope that more cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and others come out of the woodwork to share their thoughts, experiences, and ideas for how to make the system a little bit easier to navigate. Share your comments here, or join the conversation using #CC4C13 on twitter and congratulate the winner @TogetherGoBig.


  1. Gavin Spooner says:

    Love this.
    Additional features that i think would be useful for cancer patients is a centralized record keeping section. Here blood work results can be tracked, ct scans and xrays can be recorded, all medication data kept (amount, time given, reactions etc). This could also be useful in a timeline view. Tumor marker results graphed out over time overlying upper and lower limits. I know for me that hard data and scan results were hard to come by. Tracking all this data for each individual patient can help the patient be proactive in their medical records and maybe help them understand and remember how they reacted to medicines etc. Additionally it should be easily shareable with Centers of Excellence, Oncologists and experts especially when seeking 2nd opinions.
    Basically a personal storage locker of pertinent data, medicine doses and reactions would be tremendously useful for patients AND if patients were willing to share that data it could create a huge database of information that could help advance medic research.
    #Livestrong keep up the good work.

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