Chicago-based Allscripts has launched an online application store and a referral network it plans to embed in upgrades to its electronic health records systems and e-prescribing software.

The Allscripts Store & Exchange initially will feature four “big” applications from third-party developers and tested by the company’s internal team, said Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman in a meeting right before the announcement.

“Our clients and partners are coming to us all the time with new software they’ve built on our Helios platform, and we decided we needed to establish a marketplace for those innovations.” Tullman said while the first phase of the app store will offer large-scale applications the second phase will usher in smaller apps akin to the 99-cent software on the ITunes store.

The first applications offered on Allscripts Store & Exchange are:

* HCS Medication Reconciliation, developed by Health Care System, Inc., queries multiple national data sources including pharmacy benefit managers, insurance companies, and retail pharmacies to provide clinicians with a record of the medications a patient has filled within the last 12 months.

* Positive ID Director, a fingerprint authentication system from BIO-key International, that enables authorized users to access any module of the Sunrise Enterprise™ suite of acute care solutions with a swipe or press of their finger. The solution meets the new DEA ePrescribing authentication requirements.

*NaviCare® WatchChild® Basic SCM Integration Application from Hill-Rom, a labor-and-delivery solution that integrates Sunrise Clinical Manager™ with NaviCare WatchChild, an OB data management bedside solution for hospital labor and delivery units.

* Allscripts Outcomes Solution Sets, providing best practice recommendations from Allscripts clients for achieving improved patient safety, health outcomes and performance.

The Allscripts Referral Network is designed to enable physicians to send patient referrals  and related attachments to any Allscripts EHR user, a network of more than 180,000 physicians, as well as 110,000 homecare, hospice, skilled nursing and other post-acute providers who can receive referrals through Allscripts referral management application. The network also offers an optional e-fax service that faxes referrals to users who lack connectivity.

The referral network will be offered for free to users of Allscripts’ ARRA-certified EHR products as well as users of the company’s ePrescribe software.

Tullman said the network is a move by Allscripts to provide a Facebook service for the health care market. “We’ve built it for physician referrals but it can be used for much more than that … it’s a free, secure service that lets our network of clinicians exchange data and ideas.”

--Greg Gillespie


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