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Why CIOs Choose Open to Integrate

Hospitals and health systems are undertaking the monumental task of integrating data from multiple sources and across various technologies. According to a recent article by Healthcare Informatics, CIOs are finding such integration easier to do with an open platform. The article features Jim Murry, CIO at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Bill Spooner, CIO of Sharp Healthcare. Both CIOs also shared their thoughts with Modern Healthcare at the most recent Allscripts annual client conference, ACE12. Here’s what they had to say about open:  Open is realistic. “I don’t believe that we will ever find a healthcare environment in which every single system will come from one vendor. I don’t think that’s possible. “ (Bill Spooner, ACE12)  Open is better for complex integrations. “As our clinicians have come to us and asked us – they see the tools – and they […]

Editor’s Note: A West Virginia surgical practice recently got a pleasant surprise, when it discovered that implementing Meaningful Use measures not only provided the practice with financial gain, but with a “useful tool in care for” patients.  And best of all, the process of attesting was much less stressful than anticipated, thanks to a little help from friends in the Allscripts online client community. Here, in their words, is the story they shared on our online community: At Heiskell King Burns & Tallman Surgical Associates, we are a general and vascular surgery practice comprised of 4 surgeons, 3 mid-level providers and approximately 40 additional office staff.  As a specialty group, we imagined all sorts of tortuous scenarios that would have to be endured for our practice to meet the requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 1.  We procrastinated, debated, procrastinated some more […]

Since we launched the Allscripts Wand™ application for the iPad® in April, response has been tremendous. Nearly 7,000 clients have used Wand to enable support staff to enter patient data into the Allscripts EHR from the iPad. Then, physicians told us loud and clear they need a few more features. We listened. Working closely with hundreds of physicians, we developed a new version of the app – Allscripts Wand v1.1. We build Wand from the ground up to address client preferences on how they want to interact with technology. With Wand, providers can easily move between their desktops and iPads in the way that works best for them for safe and efficient patient consultations and management. Physicians told us a flexible user interface is key. With the iPads, doctors can enter data by touch, by speaking or a combination of […]

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What’s Next for Healthcare IT?

Curious about industry trends? Partner Mary Meeker from venture firm Kleiner Perkins gave a presentation entitled ‘Internet Trends’ at Stanford Monday night that provides a broad commentary on technology, society, and the economy. If you get excited about what’s possible at the intersection of technology, culture, and human behavior, check it out. A couple of takeaways and considerations: Mobility will take over—Just a few years ago many thought of mobile computing—smartphones & tablets—as something complimentary to desktops. Mary’s data and trends suggest a future where mobile computing is the primary platform. What’s most exciting to consider is the potential applications in healthcare—not cramming today’s applications onto a new device, but instead rethinking, reinventing work and information flows. iOS and Android the platforms of the future—The data show significant growth and share that Apple and Android devices are taking from Wintel. […]

When Allscripts began the process of designing our new Sunrise Financial Manager (SFM), we had the rarest of opportunities…the chance to start over with hindsight. Our plans included moving SFM to the same technology platform as our clinical solutions. Tapping clinical data as part of the revenue cycle is a smart way to boost cleaner claims and more timely payments. More exciting was the chance to do something really special with the solution. The move to the new platform meant essentially starting with a blank sheet, sketching out what to carry forward and what to leave behind from the existing solution. Our goal: to develop a new patient financial system that dynamically addresses the changing health care landscape, now and in the future. So, we looked to the collective knowledge of the people closest to the realities of managing revenue […]

When I was a freshman in college I came down with a nasty cold. The cold symptoms went away but not the fatigue, weight loss and constant thirst…and I mean constant. I had an appointment at the health center later on, but my 8:00 am class professor told me in no uncertain terms that I should go that morning. Thank goodness she was one of the favorite professors I had there, and I was a little scared of her (in a good way), so I went early. The PA did a urine test and suggested that I go home right away to see my family doctor, because the results indicated type one diabetes. I was already very familiar with diabetes because my mom lived with type one diabetes for pretty much all of my life. Of course, I was still […]

By: Suzanne Cogan, VP, Sales and Marketing Shareable Ink “As I had hoped, with a little innovative, outside-the-box thinking, we succeeded in getting technology to work for us without changing our practice to suit the technology.” That’s my favorite line from a recent article in Healthcare Management Technology (HMT) by Shelia Tonn-Knopf, executive director of The Center for Orthopedics in Cleveland, OH. She’s talking about the flexibility of the Shareable Ink solution to enable their patients and healthcare providers to easily complete existing forms with no change in workflow, then have the data automatically processed and mapped to the appropriate fields in the EHR system. Without changing the check-in process, The Center for Orthopedics is able to capture Meaningful Use (MU) data right away without the need for additional data entry resources and without burdening the physicians. Open door for innovation […]

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Human Interaction: Key Ingredient to EHRs Success

“I believe the key to this program’s success was simple human interaction.” This sentence near the end of a recent article in Group Practice Journal had a rather jarring effect on me. Tucked into a description of a program undertaken by Cornerstone Healthcare to drive fee-for-service revenue from value-based care, I realized these twelve words neatly sum up how to tap into the power of an EHR. In 2011, Cornerstone achieved patient-centered medical home (PCMH) status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  But the North Carolina-based provider group pushed further to take advantage of the rich data it compiled to qualify for PCMH. They just needed to figure out how to tap into their EHR to proactively understand the care needs of its patient population. Cornerstone’s initial program focused on high-risk diabetes patients identified by three criteria. They […]

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Busting Myths One Study at a Time

The one constant about change is no one really likes it. That’s especially true when talk of adopting new technology surfaces in a healthcare setting. So you might be surprised by the results of three studies that look at nurses’ perceptions about the adoption of EHRs discussed in a recent article in Healthcare Technology Management (HMT). You’ll note my name at the top of the page as a co-author of this article. More importantly, you’ll also see the bylines of three nursing administrators with whom I worked to examine the effect automated systems have on what nurses do every day and how they impact patient outcomes. Check out the article for detailed results of the studies undertaken at two large urban hospitals and one rural community hospital in the article. In a nutshell, what we discovered is the widely held […]

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Improving Public Health with EHRs

  • Toby C. Samo, MD, FACP
  • 10/31/2012

Often when we talk about the benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), the focus is on bettering individual patient outcomes. Increasingly, however, stakeholders have been paying increasing attention to the potential benefits EHRs can offer when dealing with public health issues. That’s why Allscripts is taking two important steps to help our clients manage the recent rash of fungal meningitis infections related to tainted steroid injectables. The Center for Disease Control posted a list of facilities known to have received the tainted medications. First, Allscripts is comparing this list against our database of clients.  We will be contacting these clients to provide any assistance they might need to identify the individual patients that received intra-spinal steroid injections since May to determine if they are at risk of infection. This proactive step can offer critical benefit to the affected patients, as fungal […]