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Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition

Past Competitions


2022 Competition Information

The University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition began in 2020 to promote interdisciplinary collaboration on using data to address current healthcare challenges. In this competition, students complete an exploratory analysis of specified datasets to provide innovative solutions and insights using data science tools and methodologies.  This event encourages graduate students across all disciplines at the University of Minnesota to practice, enhance, and showcase their understanding of real-world healthcare problems and their abilities to solve them with innovative use of data science. The 2022 competition asked students to complete an exploratory analysis of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider & Systems (HCAHPS) survey to assess how patient experience in a hospital setting relates to other aspects of care. 

This competition is led by the Business Advancement Center for Health (BACH) in collaboration with the Carlson School of Management, College of Pharmacy, Institute for Health Informatics, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Competition!

Watch the recorded presentations from all 5 finalists.

1st Place

Promoting Equity in Medicare's Value Based Purchasing Program  

  • Emily Johnson, Master of Healthcare Administration, School of Public Health
  • Alexander Johnson, Doctor of Medicine, Medical School

2nd Place

Demographic (In)equities Revealed by HCAHPS Ratings 

  • Jeffrey Clement, PhD, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School
  • Zach Levin, PhD, Health Services Research, Policy, & Administration, School of Public Health
  • Khoa Vu, PhD, Department of Applied Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Yi Zhu, PhD, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School

3rd Place

Equity and Patient Satisfaction in Value-Based Hospital Incentives

  • Christian Coffman, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Simion De, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Souradipto Ghosh Dastidar, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Mykhaylo Malakhov, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Yihan Song, PhD, Accounting, Carlson School
  • February 21: Registration opens
  • March 6: Last day to register
  • March 16: Competition kickoff and data release, 5:00 pm CT - Watch recorded Kickoff
  • March 27: All project submissions due by 11:59 pm CT
  • March 31: Finalists announced
  • April 5: Finalist presentations, 4:00 pm CT - Watch recorded finals
  • April 7: Winners announced

Teams are required to use the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (HCAHPS) survey from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Additional publicly available sources are encouraged to be used. 


Learn more about the HCAHPS          Access the data


  • Submit a one-page Executive Summary - maximum of 500 words (not including references) 
  • Submit a PowerPoint presentation outlining the team's project - maximum of 20 slides 
  • Record a voice-over with PowerPoint, presenting the team's analysis, insights, and innovations - maximum of 20 minutes
  • Finalists will virtually present projects to judges - each team has 20 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes for judges' questions
  • A rubric will be provided when data is released on March 16, 2022
  • Competition is open to all current graduate and professional degree-seeking students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Maximum of 5 students per team 
  • Each team must have students from at least 2 different colleges or schools within the U of M Twin Cities
  • Students may only participate on one team
  • You can form your own team or request to be placed on a team
  • No individual entries are allowed
  • First Place Team: $4,000 - Sponsored by United Health Foundation
  • Second Place Team: $2,000 - Sponsored by the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs
  • Third Place Team: $1,000 - Sponsored by Medtronic

This competition would not be possible without the support and involvement of University of Minnesota faculty and industry partners!

Industry Experts: 

  • Matt Chock, Bind Benefits
  • David Cook, OptumLabs
  • Alex Everhart, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science
  • Erene Hammond, OptumLabs
  • John Hargraves, Health Care Cost Institute
  • Molly Jeffery, Mayo Clinic
  • Todd Johnson, IZiel Healthcare
  • Danita Kiser, Optum
  • Rich Krueger, MHealth Fairview
  • Spencer Merchant, United Health Group
  • Donna Spencer, RTI International
  • Kurt Waltenbaugh, Unite Us
  • Michael Webber, Hennepin Healthcare Systems
  • Mark Wehde, Mayo Clinic
  • Bill Woywod, Komodo Health
  • Audrey Workman, Davita Kidney Care

University of Minnesota Faculty: 

  • Steve Johnson, Institute for Health Informatics
  • Joel Farley, College of Pharmacy
  • Caitlin Carrol, School of Public Health 
  • Russ Funk, Carlson School of Management
  • Robin Austin, School of Nursing

How do I record the voiceover for the presentation?  

  • Teams can use any method of recording the voice-over on their slides; however, we recommend VoiceThread or Zoom.

I registered as an individual. When will I find out what team I am on? 

  • Emails will be sent by March 11, 2022 to all registered participants and will include their team members' information as well as other important details.   

Are we more in favor of an exploratory analysis?

  • It is up to your team whether you want to do exploratory analysis, or predictive analysis or take another approach. 

I competed in the Health Data Competition in the past. Can I compete again?

  • Yes! Past participants are welcome to compete again since each year the topic and required dataset change so teams will need to take different approaches and bring new insights to their projects.

Our team members are dual-degree programs from the same 2 schools. Does this meet the requirement of 2 colleges/schools?

  • Yes! Dual-degree programs meet the requirement of having 2 colleges/schools represented on each team.

Does HCAHPS survey data include patient-level data (education, demographics, etc.)?  

  • No, HCAHPS does not include patient-level data. Teams can use other publicly available data sources, such as American Community Survey data, to incorporate some aspects of patient-level data.   


Contact Kim Choyke with additional questions.  

Register to Participate

Registration closed on March 6, 2022.


Contact Kim Choyke with questions. 



Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Kim Choyke to learn more. 

About the Host

The Business Advancement Center for Health (BACH) launched at the Carlson School in 2022 to reimagine healthcare and works to close gaps in health equity.