Allscripts Open App Challenge reflects our commitment to innovation and belief that Open matters to the future of health care.  By sharing our Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) with developers, we invite others to work alongside us to make better tools to help deliver better care. Simply put, healthcare IT is a team sport. (Click here to tweet this idea.) We must “play well” together to solve the challenges in our industry today. No single company or developer will have the all the expertise our diverse field requires. In March we announced the 15 companies receiving awards for Phase 1 of the Open App Challenge. Since then, we’ve been working on Phase 2, which focused on exceptional outcomes. Developers showed how their new apps helped our clients and the judging criteria weighed the outcomes and client feedback from the beta sites using […]

A healthy 40-year-old recently had a knee arthroscopy.  Throughout the process, clinicians asked him the same questions time and again.  His clinicians didn’t seem to have access to his important medical information. Before the arthroscopy, caregivers ordered an ECG and blood work, which required the patient to take an additional day off work.  When he asked if the tests were necessary for someone so healthy, they responded, “this is what we always do for these procedures.” No matter if he really needed the tests. It shouldn’t be this way. Patients and caregivers should have information at the point of care to conduct the right tests – and only the right tests – before surgery. One of our Open App Challenge Phase 1 recipients, ePREOP, addresses this goal and promotes best practices in surgical care. Keeping surgeries on schedule with the […]