MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of innovation strategies among leading health information technology vendors, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Allscripts with the 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership. Frost & Sullivan has found that Allscripts has successfully aligned its open application programming interface (API) product offering with a number of key trends that are reshaping the healthcare industry, particularly in the area of enhanced data integration and electronic health record (EHR) functionality.
The company's Open API initiative — which consists of the Allscripts Developer Program, software development kit (SDK), and Allscripts Application Store — facilitates that mission by enabling clients and third-party development partners to connect data and build innovative solutions.
The Allscripts Developer Program offers qualified developers the opportunity to use a variety of SDKs to connect with various Allscripts applications used throughout hospital and ambulatory care settings. The SDKs enable partners to use Allscripts programmers' toolkit to create interfaces as well as other applications. Finally, the Allscripts Application Store connects clients with a marketplace of approved, third-party apps that help providers increase productivity, integrate devices, and enhance patient engagement.
"Over the past six years, the company has dedicated considerable resources to building a robust web services program from the ground up," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Nancy Fabozzi. "Through its Open API initiative, clients and third-party developers are provided with access to the same tools that Allscripts developers use internally. Therefore, the company ensures that those web services stay up-to-date with new releases, run without glitches, and are easy to use and upgrade."
Another important market differentiator for Allscripts is its popular Open App Challenge, which promoted new pathways for collaboration by leveraging the innovations of a wide range of talented programmers. Allscripts encouraged participants in the Open App Challenge to "start a revolution" by designing and integrating applications that eventually become extensions of its own EHR solutions.
"Healthcare Information Technology is becoming a team sport where companies and clients can collaborate on new innovations," said Allscripts Chief Innovation Officer Stanley Crane. "In 2013, applications called Allscripts Open APIs 125 million times, which I think is real proof that the toolkit is working to benefit health care."
Allscripts Open API also enables users to access tools that offer novel functionality and improve workflow as well as create new methods of connecting devices and decision support tools to increase productivity and reduce repetitive data entry. Importantly, it also enables users to extract the most value out of existing IT systems without the need for a timely and expensive rip and replace process.
Today, the Allscripts Application Store features more than 50 products from various vendors covering a range of provider and consumer needs. The applications span a variety of categories including analytics and population health, care coordination, content and care guides, device connectivity, patient engagement and more. Many tools address the key pain points around a provider's use of EHRs, including redundant data entry and integration with clinician workflow. In addition, consumer-facing tools are designed in line with the growing focus on wellness and the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes.
"Allscripts was one of the early market movers in recognizing the value of bringing on development partners to drive and expand product innovation in the highly complex market of health IT," noted Fabozzi. "Today, Allscripts is leading the market in promoting product innovation by encouraging clients and development partners to work together to rapidly bring new solutions to market."
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which in turn increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
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