Allscripts contest aims to create EHR-agnostic CDS tool

Allscripts has launched a Million Hearts Initiative Clinical Decision Support Challenge, aligned with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Million Hearts campaign to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.

The electronic health record maker is offering a $50,000 prize to the software developer that creates the best decision support tool that can be used in all EHRs. This solution will support HHS' key "ABCS" objectives for promoting cardiovascular health: Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation.

Allscripts wants to translate the clinical decision support rules associated with the ABCS initiative into a machine-readable format that can be "read" by any EHR.

Specifically, Allscripts wants contestants to develop applications that meet the following criteria:

  • Unambiguous prose expressions of clinical guidelines that support the ABCS goals.
  • Available download of these expressions of EHR-based CDS interventions aligned with the clinical guidelines.
  • Available download of logical, computable (XML) expressions of EHR-based CDS interventions aligned with the clinical guidelines.
  • Available download of comprehensive value sets that provide coded values for each of the data elements referenced in the XML-based interventions described above.

Allscripts will provide an XML format for the participants to use, and it seeks to make key elements of the winning application available to the healthcare community and other EHR developers under an open-source license.

The rules and regulations for the contest will be announced Feb. 27. The deadline for submissions will be June 30.

The contest's goal, Allscripts executives said at last week's Care Innovations Summit in Washington, D.C., is to promote the widespread adoption of the ABCS protocols and increased provision of timely guidance to patients. The hope is that this will lead patients to manage their cardiovascular disease better, leading to a decreased incidence of acute events and lower costs.

To learn more:
- read the press release
- see the Healthcare IT News article
- check out the HHS announcement of the Million Hearts program

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