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Developers: Join the fight! Change the way we treat heart disease

Allscripts is taking a leading role in the delivery of best-practice care for patients with cardiovascular disease through sponsorship of the Allscripts Million Hearts Clinical Decision Support Challenge, which officially opens today.

The Challenge

The Allscripts Million Hearts Clinical Decision Support Challenge offers a $50,000 prize to the person or group that creates a publicly available clinical decision support (CDS) resource to accelerate the delivery of optimal treatment for cardiovascular disease. Our goal is to accomplish this by facilitating the translation of the resulting CDS rules into an unambiguous, machine-readable format that can be “read” by any Electronic Health Record (EHR). Allscripts will provide materials, including an XML format that participants can use in the development of the solution.

In line with our long-held commitment to interoperability and open systems, the Challenge is designed to make important elements of the winning solution available to the community and other EHR developers under an open source license. Our hope is that making the solution available under an open source license will encourage widespread adoption of a standardized Million Hearts Initiative CDS protocol which can be maintained and extended by the sponsor and other industry participants.

Contest terms and conditions are now available online.

The Context

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative announced last year by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Allscripts is one of several private-sector partners that is supporting Million Hearts™ through a wide range of activities.

We first announced the Allscripts Challenge at the CMS Care Innovations Summit in Washington D.C. on January 26.

Timing and Deadline Information

  • Competition begins: March 26, 2012
  • Competition Closes: July 13th, 2012


If you are interested in participating in the Million Hearts CDS Challenge, please Click Here to indicate your intent to participate and download several documents that may be useful in your work, including the XML schema being contributed by Allscripts to this effort.

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