Sometimes a little preparation can save a lot of time and frustration, especially before a visit to the doctor. It can improve patient experience and help physician practices protect their bottom line.

According to AMA Wire, “Pre-visit planning can increase efficiency often saving 30 minutes of both physician and staff time per day. In a practice with 220 clinic days a year where a physician’s time costs about $3 a minute and staff time costs about $1 a minute — that’s about $26,400 a year.”

CHADIS is a web-based questionnaire delivery, decision support and patient engagement system. Pre-visit data collection enables the clinician to focus on patient concerns and visit agenda.

How does CHADIS work?

Patients, parents or teens respond to the questionnaires online (from home or waiting room using a tablet or phone) prior to the office visit, helping ensure a complete assessment. The online screening saves office staff time – no more paper, manual scoring and scanning of the questionnaires, like the ASQ-3™, M-CHAT-R™, Vanderbilt Assessment Scales and others. CHADIS is now being used in 48 states across the U.S. and seven other countries, and facilitates a completed questionnaire every 30 seconds.

“Using CHADIS as an integrated solution with Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR has provided us the capability to more consistently and effectively reach our patients with questionnaires prior to arriving for their well child visits,” said Christopher Duskin, Senior Application Specialist, Hutchinson Clinic. “Additionally, the direct insertion of completed questionnaires to the electronic medical record allows our clinical staff to focus on the scores and responses, instead of worrying about how to access the information.”

In addition to quality improvement, CHADIS can help practices increase income with health, developmental and emotional screening tools eligible for 96110, 96127 and 99420 billing codes to insurance or Medicaid. In addition, CHADIS uses patient-generated documentation to verify visit complexity for higher-level codes.

CHADIS’s newest innovation

CHADIS has recently developed an innovative capacity to match patient-generated data with guided clinician decision-making. A “patient-specific template (PST)” provides decision support and “moment of care” supports clinical training. With this approach to clinical training and facilitation of guidelines, CHADIS earned recognition as the only mechanism provided by an IT company that is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) to create and administer required “quality improvement” “Maintenance of Certification (MOC-4)” programs for credit.

Register here to join the Allscripts “App of the Month Webinar” Tuesday, October 27 at noon Eastern time to learn how CHADIS can help practices using Allscripts electronic health records (EHRs).

To learn more about CHADIS and Allscripts, visit the Allscripts Application Store.

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Tina is the Director of the Allscripts Developer Program at Allscripts. Tina is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the Allscripts Developer Program, ensuring information, documentation and support is available for developers through online tools like the Allscripts’ Developer Portal (, and marketing the applications and integration built by developers directly to our client base through the Allscripts Application Store ( Prior to her role in developer relations, she served as Associate General Counsel for Allscripts, with responsibilities for third-party contracting and partner management, client contracts, privacy and security issues and labor and employment matters.



Kathy says:

10/23/2015 at 8:53 am

Great information!


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