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The Stakes are High for Allscripts Open App Challenge

The energy just surged at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco with Allscripts announcement about our Open App Challenge. The program motivates developers and vendors to “Start a Revolution” with apps that tap into Allscripts Open EHR software and improve patient outcomes in a measurable way. The stakes are high with more than $750,000 in prizes. The overall winner takes home $250,000.

I’m really excited about this challenge because the focus is on innovation that produces real solutions that can be integrated into providers’ workflows. We’re hoping to inspire developers to push the boundaries of what IT can do to improve quality of care for patients. Whether you’re a physician, nurse, caregiver or IT professional (inside or outside the industry), it’s time to get started on apps that address the two contest categories: management of high cost chronic diseases and value-based care imperatives.

The challenge occurs in two phases:

Phase One/Start a Revolution — encourages development of apps in each of the contest categories. Entries are judged on recorded demonstrations and supporting materials that are due February 3, 2013. Allscripts will honor 15 developers with awards of $10,000 each for outstanding solutions in each category at HIMSS 2013, March 3-7 in New Orleans.

Phase Two/Outstanding Outcomes — is the grand prize phase where participants finalize, test and install their apps in Allscripts client sites to demonstrate the most quantifiable value to healthcare providers. Allscripts will award $250,000 for the application that demonstrates the most positive clinical, financial or performance improvement results after deployment at a client site. Two runner-ups each receive $100,000; another two runner-ups each receive $75,000. Second-round submissions are due July 14, 2013. Final winners are announced at the Allscripts Client Experience (ACE) in Chicago, August 21-23, 2013.

Allscripts created the Open App Challenge as part of our commitment to creating a true Connected Community of Health™. We know how important it is to foster innovation as a way to solve some of the toughest problems in healthcare. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Ready to “Start a Revolution?” To learn more about the challenge, read the official rules, or register to participate, click here. Stay up to date with the latest information by connecting with me on Twitter at tinajoros@adp_hit.  

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