Speak the Same Language in PsA

Speak the Same Language in PsA

Help improve the dialogue between psoriatic arthritis patients and their rheumatologists to enable effective disease diagnosis and treatment

Challenge Overview

Problem Statement

The healthcare community is looking for new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA), an inflammatory auto-immune disease (the result of an overactive immune system). Subjective symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, and tenderness can often lead to frustration and missed opportunities for better care. In fact, one study found that mis-alignment between patients and physicians on treatment satisfaction is associated with increased disease activity and worse impact on quality of life.[1] It’s important for patients with PsA to treat their condition early, because if left untreated, it can lead to permanent and irreversible joint damage.

This challenge is looking for a simple and easy to adopt solution to help:

  1. Patients communicate the full history of their symptoms and impact on their quality of life during doctor visits in the most relevant way;
  2. Physicians measure the severity and progression of their patients’ psoriatic arthritis symptoms and the impact on their quality of life; and
  3. Prompt a conversation between physicians and patients about how to take appropriate steps to improve disease outcomes

The solution should easily enable the physician to better understand the patient’s end-to-end experience, regardless of how much the patient recalls or measures their daily impact and how much time the physician has with them to evaluate the patient’s status. 

Ultimately, the solution will improve measurement of irregular and variable physical and emotional symptoms so both PsA patients and healthcare providers can evaluate the degree of severity and impact on quality of life. This more accurate understanding of patients’ symptoms will ease the development of treatment plans that match the severity and bothersomeness of patients’ symptoms.


[1] Furst DE et al. Misalignment between physicians and patient satisfaction with psoriatic arthritis disease control. Clin Rheumatol. 2017;36(9):2045-2054.

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Challenge Updates

Winners Announced!

April 3, 2020, noon PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Speak the Same Language in PsA Challenge!


This challenge sought ideas on how to improve the dialogue between psoriatic arthritis patients and their rheumatologists to enable effective disease diagnosis and treatment.

We are absolutely thrilled with the overwhelming response and quality of submissions. Ideas ranged from mobile applications connected to wearable devices capable of tracking symptoms on a latent manner to voice recognition algorithms that allows patients to clearly communicate PsA symptoms to their HCP. We are also very happy with the variety of backgrounds of the teams that came from all over the world to solve our problem.


And the winners are...


1st Place, received $25,000:


Individual: Steven Wu

A framework for passive monitoring of PsA patients 



2nd Place, received $5,000:


Individual: Designamore

App to track PsA symptoms, Improves quality of life



3rd Place, received $2,000:


Individual: Gil Palma

LARA: Language Access Rheumatologist Assistant



Honorable Mentions:


Flare-less - ankbarney

Omni-PsA - Ovidiu Dobre

History Plus - Mitul Sarkar



Thank you to everyone who submitted and followed the challenge. Inspired by all the high quality ideas received, Novartis will continue to engage with the HeroX community in subsequent challenges. We hope that many of you will continue to share your creativity with us so that we can keep improving patient care together. 

Winners Announcement Rescheduled

March 30, 2020, 8:46 a.m. PDT by David Gonzalez

Due to external circumstances and after close consultation with our judging panel, Novartis will now be announcing winners by Friday, April 3rd. Rescheduling the announcement by a few days will enable us to provide the evaluation that our community expects and deserves.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

-The Novartis Team

Have you seen the latest challenge from Novartis?

March 3, 2020, 5:22 p.m. PST by Kyla Jeffrey

Did you know that Novartis has launched a second challenge on HeroX to simplify the process by which patients receive biologic medications? 

The Novartis team is hosting a webinar this Thursday to further discuss this new challenge and answer any questions live. You can register for the webinar here.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursdays webinar!

Submissions due TONIGHT

Feb. 9, 2020, 8:19 p.m. PST by Kyla Jeffrey

This is your final reminder to submit your solution to the Speak the Same Language in PsA Challenge. 

The submission deadline is at 11:59 pm PST tonight (Los Angeles). 

Please return to the challenge page and submit your entry.

Two Day Warning

Feb. 7, 2020, noon PST by Kyla Jeffrey

This is your official two-day reminder!

That's right, the Speak the Same Language Challenge will be closing this coming Sunday February 9th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time (Los Angeles).

Please be sure to complete your submission form well before the exact cut-off time. 

At exactly 11:59 pm PT, we can no longer accept new submissions! 

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