Allscripts Awards Prizes to 15 Challenge Winners. Now on to Phase Two


Allscripts announced 15 Open App Challenge award recipients Monday on the floor of HIMSS13. The developers each received a prize of $10,000 and now move on to phase two of the competition.

Allscripts first announced the challenge last October at the Health 2.0 Annual Conference, when phase one began. The goal is to incorporate new features thought up by developers outside of of the company into Allscripts’ electronic health record.

“I like this analogy: imagine if Ford motor company said, ‘We’re so worried about the quality of our cars that we’re going to build everything ourselves,’” said Allscripts Chief Innovation Officer Stanley Crane. “Tell me about the cost and quality of the Ford.”

About four years ago Crane came to his role as innovation officer from his former position as Allscripts’ chief technology officer. He’s since helped to introduce a $1Million Health Innovation Program, which furthers the effort to integrate new applications into the company’s EHR.

Phase one of the Open App Challenge required participants to submit an app model or prototype in one of two categories. Category A involved tools that help providers to manage patients with high-cost chronic diseases, and category B dealt with apps that assist providers as they make the transition to value-based care.

Judges looked through more than 100 ideas before coming up with their final list of winners. Among the criteria they used to score the submissions was the ability to describe a business plan to install and support the app for an Allscripts client. This is important for phase two of the contest, which requires that developers install the app for a client that can later vouch for the tool’s usefulness. Contestants will report their results at the Allscripts Client Experience 2013, an annual user conference in August.

Genelex Chief Operating Officer Kristine Ashcraft, who accepted the award for her company’s submission called YouScript, said the app they developed for the competition is in beta version right now. YouScript lets providers check for possible adverse drug events by looking at drug and gene interactions. Ashcraft said the company is talking with potential clients who wants to use the app with their Allscripts EHR.

From the press release, the 15 award recipients include:

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

ePREOP: Provides a preoperative screening tool that is 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, into the EHR. A patient’s chart information will automatically populate the
calculator and add the score to the chart.

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 reach the correct 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 diagnostic 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

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

Spaulding Clinical: Diagnoses high risk cardiac patients and empowers providers
to enhance patient engagement through remote monitoring.

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

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

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