Appian

2020 Federal Partner Cup Hackathon Winner

Jason Stanis | December 8, 2020

It is my great honor to announce that Ignyte was named the winner of the inaugural 2020 Federal Partner Cup Hackathon!

Appian’s rich partner ecosystem was tasked to rapidly create applications for the federal market, leveraging Appian’s low-code automation platform that demonstrated an impactful use case, great user experience, and the power of Hyperautomation, integrating AI, RPA, business rules, and case management.

Our Solution:

An Appian-based HIPAA-Compliant Case Management system using low-code integrations with Microsoft Teams, Alexa, Blockchain, and AI/ML to deliver telemedicine, voice assistant, secure sharing of medical records, and data-driven clinical decision support.  

Our Journey:

Our hackathon journey started with the identification of a diverse team of skilled Appian developers augmented by specialists in AI/ML and User Experience. This is how Ignyte prefers to do our work, and is a natural way to leverage the power of low code with Appian. We’ve started to see that the industry is catching on to this concept and calling this a “fusion team”.

We collaboratively identified several strong use cases for the Federal and Public Sector market that balanced the ability to apply the latest features of Appian, a strong market need for a solution, and their standing as a national priority at the moment. We chose to focus on Mental Health Case Management, but considered several other options including:

  • An application to coordinate the response of Federal, State, and Local agencies during wild-fires
  • A Student-facing portal that centralizes access to federal Student Loan, Grant, Enrollment, and Diversity data

Executing against our solution idea came with many challenges, including balancing several schedules filled with "day-job" client facing work, and the old-fashioned need for strong change and configuration management discipline. To overcome these challenges, we relied heavily on virtual face-to-face meetings, asynchronous communications via Slack team chats, and on the repository of Appian Best Practices and Application Accelerators we had established on our Appian Sandbox.

This was the first time many members of our team have built an application without traditional requirements, so it was a great opportunity for them to wear their consulting hats and prescribe what features and solutions they thought would best achieve the goals of our solution. We also had the chance to experiment with some really exciting technologies for this solution that we believe we can use to drive many other innovations in the future. These include:

Applying Blockchain to ingest secure and trusted case data (whether health related or not).
Alexa / Siri Integration made it possible for us to trigger and interact with BUSINESS Processes using Automated Voice Assistants.
Designing with your data in mind is really important because it can make or break future opportunities for expansion. For this solution, because we has a solid record model for patient mood tracking, it was easier for us to add a late enhancement to use AI/ML to detect patterns that indicated a mental health issue that required action.
Appian makes emerging tech more useful by bring enabling designers to stitch together innovative technologies (e.g. Ethereum Blockchain and Solidity Smart Contracts) in a practical useful manner to solve a real-world problem.
Cool technology is useless without a strong use case. We identified many exciting new Appian 20.3 capabilities as well as public APIS and IOT technologies we wanted to get a chance to experiment with, however it took time and effort to define processes and workflows that could combine them in a useful and impactful way.

Overall, this was a great opportunity to leverage the strengths of a diverse and creative team and push everyone outside of their functional and technical comfort zones to develop an innovative and marketable solution.

What’s Next:

Since presenting in the finals, we have received tremendous feedback from our colleagues at Appian, existing clients, and professional network. We’ve already been able to incorporate some great new features such as enhancements to our Clinical Decision Support AI, as well as support for Health Level 7 (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) open EHR integration.

If you’d like to schedule a demo today, please reach out to me directly at jason@ignytegroup.com, I’d love to learn how we could tailor this for your organization whether you are in the public or private sector and looking to implement a targeted campaign to support mental health or just improve access to mental health services.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Stanis

CTO

Jason Stanis is Ignyte’s CTO and leads our Digital Workflow and Automation practice. Jason joined Ignyte in 2016 and brings over 20 years of consulting experience helping his clients strategically improve their processes, architect solutions, and drive digital modernizations. Jason is passionate about applying this expertise across the public-sector, healthcare, transportation, and financial services industries. Jason is a week-day vegetarian, Detroit-pizza fanatic, and die-hard Michigan State and Detroit Lions fan.

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