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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 […]