Last year, Allscripts launched the Open App Challenge, which sought to pull in developers in an effort to make health care applications more intuitive. More than 98 developers participated, creating innovative applications that integrate directly with Allscripts Open Electronic Health Records (EHR) software.
Healthfinch, won the grand prize. The company is focused on increasing quality and productivity by reducing non-reimbursable physician time and wasted staff time to zero. The winning Healthfinch Refillwizard application provides a solution that automates prescription renewal requests.
Two companies received the second place award. The first is ePREOP, which provides scheduling and authorization tools. These tools may help decrease unnecessary testing, enhance patient engagement, screen for high-risk conditions, and also enhance clinical decision support and discrete data transfer services between various health records in preparation for surgery. Also in second place is Keona Health, with an application that helps reduce time spent on unreimbursed medical phone calls, which may allow practices to see more patients and increase revenue.
Another two solutions came in as third place winners. The first is the Genelex YouScript® application, which provides tools to evaluate overall adverse drug event risk, identify at-risk patients, and recommend safer, more effective drug regimens so prescribers can work to improve drug treatment outcomes. The second is eDoc4u, with a solution that captures patient health risk assessments, delivers evidence-based clinical analysis and risk summaries at point-of-care, and creates personalized health programs, while identifying gaps in care and managing outreach.
This group of applications represents the second phase of the challenge. The Challenge launched late in 2012 and the Phase 1 award recipients were announced earlier this year at HIMSS13 in New Orleans.