Pragmatics One of the Winners of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Data Challenge

Posted by on May 16, 2016

Reston, VA, May 16, 2016 — Pragmatics, a leading provider of services and solutions for federal government clients, announced today that it was the second place winner of the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Data Challenge.

This is the first year that the annual Washington, D.C. Health Datapalooza, has hosted this code-a-thon competition.  Pragmatics was one of the nine teams selected to participate in the challenge.  The Pragmatics team was led by Chief Solutions Architect, Jared Spigner.

The competition sponsored by Optum, Academy Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Executive Director for Innovation, challenged participants to find innovative ways to improve patient outcomes by leveraging existing non-governmental health data.  Spigner, with clinical guidance from Pragmatics Chief Medical Informatics Officer Dr. Ben Nguyen led the development of a deep learning predictive and evolutionary models that provided insight into patient medical persistence.  Pragmatics’ award was announced at this year’s Health Datapalooza.

Dr. Nguyen said, “The RA data challenge was a great opportunity for Pragmatics to showcase our technically sophisticated and innovative approach to analyze existing data to improve patient outcomes.”

About Pragmatics, Inc.

Pragmatics is a leading solutions provider for agile software engineering, agile business intelligence and analytics, audiovisual and networking technologies, cybersecurity, systems engineering, independent verification and validation, IT service management, program management, and transportation solutions. Pragmatics has been externally CMMI® appraised and rated Maturity Level 5; we are also certified for ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 20000-1, and ISO/IEC 27001. Our investment in both the CMMI® and ISO programs demonstrates our organizational commitment to continuous process improvement and quality management. Our Pragmatic Agility® methodology has been recognized with awards from SmartCEO Magazine and the TechAmerica Foundation.

Pragmatics serves clients from its headquarters in Reston, Virginia. For additional information about the company, please visit