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Allscripts sponsors EHR app-development contest


CHICAGO — Electronic health records company Allscripts is sponsoring a drive to develop applications that work with the company's Open Electronic Health Records software in order to make it easier for providers to add new apps to their workflow and improve patient outcomes.

The Open App Challenge contest, announced at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco earlier this week, offers $750,000 in records, with the top winner taking home $250,000. The contest specifically seeks applications designed to improve management of high-cost chronic diseases, especially those that reduce costs and improve outcomes, and innovative approaches to addressing value-based care imperatives, giving priority to apps that reduce readmission rates, improve transitions of care and enhance patient engagement.

"We want the smartest people, whether physicians, nurses, caregivers or IT professionals inside and outside the industry to use their creative energy to solve real problems in health care," Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman said. "We intend to inspire developers to start a revolution by pushing the boundaries of what information technology can do to improve quality of care for patients and also keep them healthy in the first place."

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