Chicago-based AllScripts launched an open innovation challenge in part at the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco earlier this month with the goal of empowering providers to add new apps to their workflow to improve patient outcomes.

The challenge offers a total of $750K in rewards, with the overall winner taking home $250K.

“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 healthcare,” company CEO Glen Tullman said in a press release. “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. The award stakes are high for the winners, but so are the stakes for better patient outcomes.”

“By combining Allscripts open architecture with innovative applications we can truly transform the healthcare technology industry,” added Stanley Crane, Allscripts’ chief innovation officer, in the release.

The contest will be judged in two separate phases. The first phase, called “Start a Revolution”, encourages developers to develop apps in each of the contest categories. The company will choose 15 winners in this stage who will each receive $10,000.

The second phase, “Outstanding Outcomes”, is the grand prize stage and will involve developers chosen as winners of the first stage testing and installing their apps at AllScripts sites to determine the most quantifiable value to health care providers.

  • Applications that improve management of high-cost chronic diseases. This challenge will give priority to an application that helps reduce costs and/or improve outcomes for the following high-cost chronic diseases: heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, pulmonary conditions (asthma/COPD), cancer and depression.
  • Innovative approaches to addressing value-based care imperatives. This category will give priority to innovation that provides clients with new tools to transition to value-based care – for example, reduced 30-day readmission rates; improved transitions of care; delivering evidence-based guidelines to the point of care; enhanced patient engagement (i.e. remote monitoring, self-management, healthy lifestyles); personalized medicine and/or population health analytics.

First-round entries will be judged based on recorded demonstrations and supporting materials due Feb. 3, 2013. Allscripts will announce winners at HIMSS 2013, March 3-7 in New Orleans.

In Phase 2 of the challenge, 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 runners-up each receive $75,000. Second-round submissions are due July 14, 2013.

AllScripts will announce the final winners at the Allscripts Client Experience (ACE) in Chicago on Aug. 21-23, 2013. Second-round contestants must be accepted into AllScripts Developer Program before submitting their application. Winning solutions must demonstrate integration with the AllScripts Sunrise Clinical Manager, AllScripts Enterprise Electronic Health Record or AllScripts Professional EHR.