Developers: Deadline Approaching for Allscripts Million Hearts CDS Challenge
To help providers deliver the best possible care to patients with cardiovascular diseases, Allscripts is sponsoring the Allscripts Million Hearts Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Challenge. The challenge, which was announced in January, offers a $50,000 prize to the person or group that creates a publicly available application that accelerates the delivery of optimal care for patients with cardiovascular disease through clinical decision support functionality. The deadline for submissions by interested parties is July 13, 2012.
Million Hearts is a national initiative announced last year by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. The Allscripts prize will go to the person or group that best translates the rules associated with the Million Hearts initiative into a clear, clinical decision support application that can be read by any Electronic Health Record. Allscripts is providing an XML format that participants may use and extend.
"An estimated 80 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease, and they cost Americans approximately $400 billion in direct and indirect healthcare and related costs each year," said Doug Gentile, Chief Medical Officer of Allscripts. "Health information technology can play an important role in combating these diseases by informing healthcare providers more effectively during the care process, and through the Million Hearts Clinical Decision Support Challenge, Allscripts hopes to inspire developers to help us in our mission to enable better quality outcomes for heart patients nationwide." "The importance of this challenge is that it's focused on having the community - physicians, nurses, and other caregivers - create an application that could be available on any EHR that is open and easy to access," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts.
"As health care becomes an information-driven business, leveraging the intelligence of the community will help improve patient care." Learn more about the challenge here or go to http://www.allscripts.com/cdschallenge. Entries are due by July 13, 2012. Allscripts will announce the winning entry no later than September 30, 2012.
Participation in the Allscripts Million Hearts CDS Challenge, including the use of Allscripts XML format, is subject to the terms and conditions available at http://www.allscripts.com/en/company/about-us/in-the-community/cdschallenge/CDS-rules.html.
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