Allscripts recently announced the 15 finalists in its Open App Challenge at the 2013 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. More than 200 developers answered the call to “Start a Revolution” by creating innovative apps that integrate directly with Allscripts Open Electronic Health Records (EHR) software.

Each finalist in the Open App Challenge will receive $10,000 and move on to the second phase of the Challenge to compete for a $250,000 prize, which will be awarded to the app that demonstrates the most positive clinical, financial or performance improvement results after being deployed to a test site. Two runners-up will each receive $100,000; another two runners-up each receive $75,000.

“Our Open App Challenge award recipients, and all of the participants, are well on the way to improving healthcare,” said Paul M. Black, president and chief executive officer, Allscripts. “By combining Allscripts open architecture with their innovative problem-solving ideas, these participants are making Open a reality.”

Finalists are:

eDoc4u: Empowers chronically ill patients to better manage their health by providing personalized, automated follow-up programs.

ePREOP: Provides a preoperative screening tool that used to prevent delays, cancellations and unnecessary testing to improve postoperative outcomes and increase patient satisfaction.

Galen: eCalcs brings traditional health calculators, such as the Framingham Risk Score, to the point of care.

Genelex: Helps providers check for drug and gene interactions not covered by e-prescribing or EHR software interaction checks. Enables providers to check a patient's drug regimen and prevent adverse drug events.

Mana Health: This Diagnostic Decision Support engine collects patient data and suggests testing needs and diagnoses. Encodes massive amounts of diagnoses and helps inform diagnosis faster.

Medefile: Provides an electronic personal health record and offers the service of collecting, digitizing, indexing and storing all of the patient's data.

Moxe Health: Generates tasks and notes automatically from patient calls, removing one of the greatest barriers to quality care – provider documentation.

PATHway: This mobile solution addresses risk factors for diabetes patients and enables providers to monitor progress and engage at-risk patients. This virtual nurse is equipped with a set of remote tools that enable the assessment of a patient's condition and suggest follow-up actions.

Shareable Ink: Using a digital pen, providers can document directly into the EHR, as if typed in directly. Patients can also use it to fill out medical history or consent forms.

Smart Sign Out: Improves the way doctors communicate about patients and the efficiency and accuracy of handoffs through technology that can be accessed on any device.

Spaulding Clinical: Supports high risk cardiac patients care and empowers providers to enhance patient engagement through remote tools.

Treat'em: Private, secure social network that enables patients to interact with providers and to benefit from the support and wisdom of fellow users, while keeping their medical data confidential.

VAL9000: Hands-free, hassle-free audio access to medical records from a providers' phone. Simply speak to enter notes, update charts and ask for patient data.

Windward: This mobile solution addresses risk factors for lung disease patients and enables providers to monitor progress and engage patients at risk.

Judges for Phase 1 included:

· Dr. Mark Blatt, worldwide medical director, Intel

· Dr. Lennox Hoyte, MSEECS, chief medical information officer, University of South Florida Physicians Group

· Dr. Daniel Kraft, executive director, FutureMed

· Timathie Leslie, vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton

· Dr. James R. Morrow, founder, Morrow Family Medicine

· Bill Spooner, chief information officer, Sharp HealthCare

· Dr. Jeffrey L. Sunshine, vice president and chief medical information officer, University Hospitals

“As a practicing physician and CMIO, I appreciate the importance of EHRs built on open architecture,” said Dr. Hoyte. “By enabling its EHRs to connect to outside systems and encouraging developers to create the apps to do so, Allscripts is working to transform health care for the better.”

Second-round submissions are due July 14, 2013. Allscripts will announce the final recipients at the Allscripts Client Experience (ACE) in Chicago, August 21-23, 2013.

About Allscripts Developer Program (ADP)
The Allscripts Developer Program enables outside developers to build innovations for clients and get them tested and approved to run on Allscripts Electronic Health Records. For example, MyCareTeam created an app where diabetic patients can transmit their blood glucose readings directly from their glucose meters into an Allscripts Electronic Health Record, as well as track their progress on diet and exercise, so caregivers can easily monitor a patient’s progress against the treatment plan, and patients feel more engaged in their own health.

Allscripts open app challenge finalists announced
By: HMT Mag
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