Allscripts is taking a leading role in the delivery of best-practice care for patients with cardiovascular disease through sponsorship of the Allscripts Million Hearts Clinical Decision Support Challenge, which officially opens today.  

The Challenge

The Allscripts Million Hearts Clinical Decision Support Challenge offers a $50,000 prize to the person or group that creates a publicly available clinical decision support (CDS) resource to accelerate the delivery of optimal treatment for cardiovascular disease. Our goal is to accomplish this by facilitating the translation of the resulting CDS rules into an unambiguous, machine-readable format that can be “read” by any Electronic Health Record (EHR). Allscripts will provide materials, including an XML format that participants can use in the development of the solution.

In line with our long-held commitment to interoperability and open systems, the Challenge is designed to make important elements of the winning solution available to the community and other EHR developers under an open source license. Our hope is that making the solution available under an open source license will encourage widespread adoption of a standardized Million Hearts Initiative CDS protocol which can be maintained and extended by the sponsor and other industry participants.

Contest terms and conditions are now available online.

The Context

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative announced last year by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Allscripts is one of several private-sector partners that is supporting Million Hearts™ through a wide range of activities.

We first announced the Allscripts Challenge at the CMS Care Innovations Summit in Washington D.C. on January 26.

Timing and Deadline Information

  • Competition begins: March 26, 2012
  • Competition Closes: July 13th, 2012


If you are interested in participating in the Million Hearts CDS Challenge, please Click Here to indicate your intent to participate and download several documents that may be useful in your work, including the XML schema being contributed by Allscripts to this effort.

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About the author

Douglas Gentile, MD, MBA, is Chief Medical Officer of Allscripts. Educated at Duke University, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Stanford University, where he received a master’s degree in business administration, Dr. Gentile has been influential in healthcare IT for decades. A former faculty member at Vanderbilt University in Emergency Medicine, and a leader within the Decision Support Group, he was a founding partner of The Crucible Group, a venture capital group focused on early stage healthcare companies, where he developed the business plans for Sharepoint and IPC, the Hospitalist Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM). Dr. Gentile later joined IDX Systems Corporation as part of ChannelHealth, which was acquired by Allscripts in 2000. At Allscripts, Dr. Gentile directs clinical product strategy. He is a member of AMIA, HIMSS and is on the steering committee for the Markle Foundation. Dr. Gentile continues to practice Emergency Medicine part time at Fletcher Allen, the main teaching hospital of the University of Vermont College of Medicine.


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