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 both methods.

Our clients had other needs, too. To meet these needs, this latest version now includes:

  • Clinical Documentation:  With the existing templates already configured in Allscripts Professional EHR™, users can now complete a review of systems and physical exam documentation
  • Assessment & Plan: Users can now identify the problems being assessed, enter orders associated to those assessed problems and utilize all short lists and favorites as already configured in Pro EHR.
  • Sign—off and Billing:  Users can now preview the complete H&P report and submit charges as well as confirm billing details such as encounter type and billing provider, select the Encounter Pack to determine what documents will be printed, and sign off.

Taking advantage of mobile devices is a smart way for clinical practices to get easier and faster access to the EHR features that care providers use most. I’m especially excited about the reaction from the physicians whose input shaped how the app works. It’s an ongoing conversation that will help shape future versions of Wand.

What’s on your wish list for mobile apps that interact with your practice’s EHR?

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About the author

Faisal Mushtaq is President of Allscripts Payer Life Sciences business. This business focuses on generating immediate value for providers and patients by leveraging Allscripts data and clinical, adherence and education messaging infrastructure to enable improved clinical outcomes at a lower cost. Faisal leads a team of cross-functional professionals skilled in field sales, product management, and client support and implementation services. He also oversees the PayerPath business. Faisal has been in the healthcare IT industry since 2000 and has extensive entrepreneurial business experience. He has led teams of all sizes, spanning many organizational areas including Portfolio Strategy, Sales, Business Development, Technology, Operations and Software Development. Before Allscripts, Faisal served in several leadership roles at Misys, which was acquired by Allscripts in 2008. Following the acquisition, Faisal served in various executive leadership roles in the Solutions Development organization of Allscripts, including the leader of Solutions Management for the ambulatory market and the leader of Portfolio Management. Faisal is a member of the Board of Directors at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, an organization that helps entrepreneurs grow their business by connecting them to the network, knowledge and capital needed to start their company. Faisal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also completed Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

3 COMMENTS on The Art of Listening Shapes the Latest Release of Wand


Larry brakebill says:

12/15/2012 at 6:05 pm

I use enterprise. Does wand 1.1 work for me. When I check the apps it appears that wand 1.1 works only for those with pro series not enterprise. Wand needs more functionality,but amzing that it is easier to use than enterprise system for many tasks ie LESS clicks.

Faisal Mushtaq says:

12/27/2012 at 10:27 am

Hi Larry,
Wand 1.1 initially works for Professional EHR, however Wand 1.0 works for Enterprise EHR also.


Stephen says:

02/18/2013 at 3:47 pm

When will WAND for Enterprise have the added functionality of creating notes from templates like the WAND 1.1 for Professional already has? Is there any way that WAND 1.1 will work with the Enterprise version? Basically we are not utilizing WAND because it does not have note creating capability yet.


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