As HIMSS13 approaches, we continue our pre-show guest blog series from health IT industry experts. Below is a guest contribution from Allscripts Director of Business Development Tinal Joros on judging for the company’s Open App Challenge. This post is also available on the Allscripts blog. Watch for more pre-HIMSS posts to come soon.
Developers showed they are eager to “Start a Revolution” by designing and integrating applications to extend Allscripts Open Electronic Health Records software. We have 217 companies and teams registered to participate. At the close of the Allscripts Open App Challenge Phase 1, 98 of those registered submitted their ideas and integration for judging.
The early concepts are incredible and include tools to improve diabetes management, patient scheduling and end-of-life planning. Some apps help make safety net facility information more accessible and others help providers manage sample medications. They all have a mission to improve healthcare.
Our judges now have the daunting task of reviewing the submissions and selecting 15 Phase 1 winners, to be announced at the HIMSS13 annual conference, on March 4, 2013 at 3 p.m. Central time at the Allscripts booth. Judges are looking for apps that either improve management of high-cost chronic diseases or address certain value-based care imperatives.
Introducing our expert panel of judges
We’re grateful to the following people for sharing their time and talent to review submissions to the Open App Challenge:
• Dr. Mark Blatt joined Intel in 2000 working in the New Business Group. He is currently Worldwide Medical Director, Enterprise Solution Sales, in the Sales and Marketing Group. In this role he concentrates on how health information technology (HIT) infrastructure can enable providers to deliver cost effective, quality care to all citizens. He has a particular interest in integrated care delivery, mobile point of care, secure computing and the emergence of cloud computing services.
• Lennox Hoyte, MD, MSEECS is a fellowship-trained specialist in Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He received his MD from Stanford, and his MSEE from MIT. Dr. Hoyte specializes in advanced robotic surgery to correct vaginal prolapse. He authored two books to help educate women about diagnosis and treatment options for pelvic floor disorders. Prior to becoming a physician, he spent 10 years as a computer systems designer and design automation specialist. This helped to prepare him for his current role as Chief Medical Information Officer for the University of South Florida (USF) Physicians Group, where he is tasked with designing and implementing an electronic health record optimized for improving healthcare outcomes while dramatically lowering the cost of providing care.
• Daniel Kraft, MD is a Stanford- and Harvard-trained, physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator. Dr. Kraft has more than 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Dr. Kraft chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Executive Director for FutureMed, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.
• Timathie Leslie is, a vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton. She has more than twenty years of experience in the healthcare industry, assisting healthcare organizations with technology strategy, policy development, program management and technical implementation. Leslie leads the government and commercial healthcare practice for Booz Allen in the Western and Pacific regions.
• James R. Morrow, MD opened Morrow Family Medicine on the Northside Hospital Forsyth campus in 1998. His interests include sports medicine, episodic care (care of acute problems and illnesses), chronic disease management and urgent care. A 2004 winner of the HIMSS Davies Award for Excellence in EMR Implementation, he was also recognized as the 2006 Physician IT Leader of the Year by HIMSS.
• Bill Spooner has been chief information officer (CIO) for more than 15 of his 30 years at Sharp HealthCare. He has led an aggressive IT effort that placed Sharp on the Hospitals and Health Networks 100 Most Wired list for 12 of the list's first 14 years. Sharp was an early leader in electronic health records and has received several awards for its consumer website. In 2011 he was named by Information Week as one of the 25 leaders driving the health care IT revolution.
• Jeffrey L. Sunshine, MD PhD is vice president and chief medical information officer at University Hospitals (UH), in Cleveland. Dr. Sunshine provides leadership to the information technology and services teams as they developed and now expand the health system’s $100 million electronic medical record (EMR) project. In addition to 10 years in healthcare information technology, he has more than 20 years of experience in Neuroradiology.
We’re off to a great start, thanks to these dedicated judges and the innovators who submitted apps. We’re also grateful to Intel for co-sponsoring the Allscripts Open App Challenge Developer Conferences.
We’ll share the Phase 1 results at HIMSS13. You can find updates on our website.
Any words of advice or encouragement you’d like to share with our judges?