Allscripts is enthusiastic about sharing ideas with clients, partners and each other. We get the power of Radical Openness. For a jolt of adrenaline on the topic of new ideas, watch this video from TED 2012. Click here What an awesome testament to the evolutionary power of ideas. Some of the sources of innovation in healthcare are the startups and small companies that push the boundaries of what’s possible. These ideas are accelerating quickly.Q1 2013 was a record-breaking quarter with almost a half billion of capital flowing into healthcare IT. That is twice the amount invested in the same quarter just one year ago. There are a lot of people working to fix healthcare by introducing new ideas and applications. Are your people, processes and technology aligned to capture the power of Radical Openness?

For me success for Open is when we, the inventors of it, are surprised by what people do. Imagine you make steel beams. You might expect people to use them to build skyscrapers and bridges. But someday, someone will build the Eiffel Tower. And we’ll respond with amazement, “You can make that?!” If people only do what we can imagine, then we haven’t built a successful toolkit. When innovators use what you give them to creatively assemble a brand new solution, that’s success. That’s what the Open App Challenge was all about. Phase 1 recipients proved that with access to the right toolkit (Allscripts APIs), they can help solve some of the most vexing problems in health care. For example, keeping patients safe during shift changes. Paving the way for smooth handoffs between care teams Smart Sign Out is working […]

You tell me, which instruction is easier to understand? 1. Dissect the perforated 5 cm incision (ref. Slot B) on the host structure with the 4.8 cm x 6 cm freestanding flap (ref. Tab A). Adhere the flap to the anterior side of the host structure with a parallel application of a non-toxic adhesion strip. 2. Insert Tab A into Slot B. Secure with tape. For most people, number 2 contains all the info we need. But for a structural engineer, number 1 is more in line with the language of the trade, and includes additional details that could make the difference between the success and failure. The same is true in health care. Physicians need rich, clinical data when making decisions about patient care. But, you can’t expect patients to translate their symptoms into technical medical speak. That’s where […]

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My first 100 days as Allscripts CEO

I’ve been hitting the road hard to learn from clients and teammates who are making a real difference in this industry. Their passion for health care is inspirational. Allscripts continues to lead the charge toward our vision of an Open, Connected Community of Health™.  We’ve complemented our portfolio by acquiring important additions, dbMotion and Jardogs, and by becoming a founding member of the CommonWell Health Alliance. And we’re steadily marching toward being the first to deliver a community solutions model.  A model where analytics and outcomes will transform health care. Where patients can own more of their care decisions. Leading a transformation in health care After logging tens of thousands of miles to meet with folks, I’m hearing loud and clear that clients resonate with our Open approach. They know we “get it,” as we build out our solutions architecture […]

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5 trends in healthcare outcomes

At Allscripts, we have a team dedicated to outcomes. This team works closely with our clients to mark progress and share real, measurable results, many of which we share in our Client Outcomes Center. Outcomes are even more critical today as healthcare providers are under pressure to change the way they practice medicine. It affects every aspect from clinical to financial to operational. A couple of members of the outcomes team, Ellen Loch and Dean Gleason, also serve on our Client Awards Committee. They recently shared some insights about client outcomes, including these trends: 1.       Increasing focus on population health management More than ever before, caregivers are proactively managing the health of patient populations with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure and asthma. Insurance companies are also focusing on population and patient care analytics businesses. Clients are better able […]

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Applying analytics to revenue cycle management

In an increasingly complex healthcare environment, physicians must base financial strategies on more than assumptions and anecdotes. They need analytics. Frank Cohen presents a solid case for analytics in a recent Physicians Practice webinar, entitled Analytics Do Nothing for Your Practice’s Health – True or False?. People often use limited information – what they think is true – to make management decisions. This approach can lead to three pitfalls: Failure to observe – assuming you know what the problem is without seeing what is really happening Failure to plan – assuming you know how to fix a problem without first finding out what is causing it Failure to validate – assuming the action you have taken to fix the problem has worked without measuring it Diagnosing financial issues with evidence When physicians first assess patients, they may have some intuitive […]