VA Center for Innovation


The VA PseudoVet Challenge

Compete to build synthetic patient database software for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Submission Deadline


Challenge Objective

Can you help us develop the future version of PseudoVet? 

Today, PseudoVet is an automated patient data fabrication engine used by software developers at the VA. It provides a set of active synthetic patients and clinical data that can be used for healthcare software development without exposing patient health information or personally identifiable information. 

However, current fabricated data sets are outdated, which requires development teams to spend time developing data sets to use in lieu of writing code, or require licenses and cannot be shared.

In this challenge, competitors are tasked with building PseudoVet, software that will:

  • populate new synthetic patients into a database;
  • continuously create new appointments, lab values, progress notes, diagnosis and procedures that are relevant to real-world scenarios;
  • assign a configurable percentage of patients with service connected disabilities based on common war-era disabilities/traumas. 


Why Does This Challenge Matter?

You can help patients inside and outside of the VA network by competing to build a system that creates and updates synthetic patient data to provide more relevant development data. 

Ultimately, PseudoVet will reduce the time required to develop useful simulated patient data and improve the reliability and usefulness of test data by producing data that is realistic with respect to actual patient population snapshots. 

Your work could benefit thousands of patients inside and outside of the VA network.


What You Can Do Right Now

  • Click “Accept Challenge” to visit the Topcoder project page for the full project description and details.  Component challenges are ongoing with rolling deadlines, so sign up over at Topcoder ASAP!
  • Share this challenge on social media using the icons above. Show your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for discovery.
  • Start a conversation in our Forum to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.




Challenge Updates

PseudoVet - Scrape Morbidity Profiles For US Veterans For War Eras Challenge

Dec. 12, 2017, 1 p.m. PST by Paul Musille

Hi PseudoVet Community, 

There is a new callenge posted on the Topcoder site supporting the overall Pseudovet project.  Get involved quickly as this new challenge has a submission deadline in just 4 days.  

This new challenge seeks to find and scrape data related for morbidity profiles for US veterans for the following war eras:

  • World War II
  • Korean Conflict
  • Vietnam War
  • Persian Gulf War

Head over check it out!

Veterans Day

Nov. 11, 2017, 8 a.m. PST by Paul Musille

With Veterans Day upon us, don't forget to thank the Veterans in your life and remember those no longer with us! 

Don't forget to check out the Topcoder Site

Sept. 22, 2017, 12:22 p.m. PDT by Paul Musille

Hi Pseudovet Community!


The Topcoder Pseudovet page has been updated to include the ongoing and upcoming component challenges for this project.  The page will be updated as the project progresses, so if there isn't a challenge you are interested in competing in now, check back for updates!