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Allscripts Invites Developers to Million Hearts Initiative

CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Allscripts is taking a leading role in facilitating the delivery of the best possible care to patients with cardiovascular diseases through sponsorship of the Allscripts Million Hearts Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Challenge.


Million Hearts is a national initiative announced last year by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. The Allscripts Challenge was announced today at the CMS Care Innovations Summit held in Washington D.C.

The CDS Challenge offers a prize to the person or group that creates a publicly available resource that accelerates the delivery of optimal care for the millions of patients with cardiovascular disease through clinical decision support functionality. This will be accomplished by translating the rules associated with the Million Hearts initiative into an unambiguous, machine-readable format that can be "read" by any Electronic Health Record. Allscripts will provide an XML format that Challenge participants may use and extend if desired.  

"Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The Challenge provides an opportunity to have a marked impact on the delivery of quality outcomes for patients nationwide," said Doug Gentile, Chief Medical Officer of Allscripts. "Allscripts Million Hearts Challenge is very focused, made up of four well-established clinically-recommended components, and designed to help move recommendations into practice in a meaningful way."

"The work to be done in response to this challenge can have far-reaching benefits for patients.  We are pleased to participate in the Care Innovations Summit and to announce this new innovative approach as evidence of Allscripts' commitment to supporting improvements in health," said Leigh Burchell, Vice President, Government Affairs, Allscripts.

Learn more about the challenge here.

About Allscripts

Allscripts (Nasdaq:  MDRX) delivers the insights that healthcare providers require to generate world-class outcomes. The company's Electronic Health Record, practice management and other clinical, revenue cycle, connectivity and information solutions create a Connected Community of Health™ for physicians, hospitals and post-acute organizations.  To learn more about Allscripts, please visit, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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