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The Power of Open

Imagine if a car company said “To control quality, we are going to make every part of the car. We’re going to make our own batteries, mine our own steel, build our own radios…” The cost of that car would skyrocket. Quality and innovation would suffer.

Continuing with that analogy, Allscripts makes the car (EHR) and will help you customize it in ways that are important to you. If you want a ski rack, we have partners whose racks are safe and fit your roof. If you want a satellite radio, we DO NOT say, “You have to wait until WE invent it ourselves.” With our Open approach, we partner with experts to get the best satellite radios in the hands of our clients faster.


Open enables innovation. Allscripts Development Partners have used our programmers’ toolkit to connect their great ideas and products to Allscripts products. By working together, we’re able to deliver the best solutions to you.

Thanks to all of the companies that have joined us on this quest to move healthcare information technology into a collaborative, cooperative team sport – where everyone wins: caregivers, healthcare organizations, partners and patients.

That’s the Power of Open.

One company can’t do it all

We began our journey to Open in 2007, when we taught our first Allscripts Development Program class. We knew then that Open was the right thing for us as a company, as partners and as a society. Most importantly it is the right thing for us to do as patients.

Healthcare information technology should be a team sport (click to tweet this idea). When we collaborate with each other, we help each other bring solutions to the healthcare providers and patients.

Open reduces the time from invention to delivery by making it faster for those innovations to plug in to solutions the healthcare organizations already own.

Open makes it easy for clients to add on to their existing products. They can take advantage of breakthrough technologies and put great ideas into practice.

What plug-in app for your EHR would you most like to have? (Visit the Allscripts Application Store; it may already be there.)

Editor’s note: Based on analysis of innovation strategies among leading health information technology vendors, Frost & Sullivan recognized Allscripts with the 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership for our Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). You can read more in a recent news release.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated on June 3, 2015 to replace outdated material.

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About the author

Stanley Crane is Chief Innovation Officer for Allscripts. In his more than 30 years of healthcare and consumer-related software experience, he has led the development of award-winning software programs including electronic health record, electronic prescribing, web-based medication sales, online physician education, resource scheduling, financial systems, materials management, medical translation software and voice recognition dictation systems. Previous to his healthcare experience, Stanley was involved in Silicon Valley, where he held positions with many well-known software companies. As the General Manager of Lotus cc:Mail, he created the first remote mail products. He was also the Vice President of Engineering at WordStar International, and Director of Applications at Ashton-Tate, managing their Macintosh products as well as dBase IV. Before that, Stanley was a founder of two Internet startups – MaxMiles, an automated frequent flier mileage aggregator, for whom he built the first versions of the product; and Shopping@Home, a company that was acquired by Allscripts in 1999 to support medication sales.

2 COMMENTS on The Power of Open

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ghassan says:

03/04/2014 at 12:57 pm

Dear Mr.Crane,
Hi,
I have just finished reading about your valuable innovations.
Being myself canadian living in saudi arabia I am sure all
health centers and major Hospitals are in need of your
products.
Ready to help in managing your office in Jeddah.
Regards,
Ghassan Khairallah

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    Meredith.Hilt says:

    03/05/2014 at 9:56 am

    Mr. Khairallah –

    Thanks for your interest in Allscripts. To search and apply for open positions, please visit our careers page – http://www.allscripts.com/careers.

    Best regards,
    Meredith Hilt
    Blog Editor

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