Using Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to exchange data with an electronic health record (EHR) is a good step toward better interoperability. Some of our clients are having early success in using Allscripts Open APIs with Allscripts Sunrise™ to integrate with other software and devices. Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), together with Eastern Health Alliance (EHA), started using Allscripts Open APIs with Sunrise in January 2016. NantHealth’s VitalsConX solution enables the capture of patient vitals (e.g., blood pressure readings, temperature) at the bedside. This product then calls the Allscripts API, which validates and saves the data directly to the Sunrise patient record, reducing the need for the nurse to log into the EHR. IHiS developed the system architecture to enable the systems’ connectivity from the server to the EHR. According to William Wong, Deputy Director of Clinical Systems, IHiS, “Using APIs […]

University Health System (UHS) is a nationally recognized academic medical center in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A., serving more than 230,000 unique patients each year. Like many healthcare organizations, UHS strives to deliver the best care at the lowest cost. “Every c-suite healthcare executive in the country is focused on improving quality, safety and outcomes. Improving the patient experience. Improving efficiency and access to care,” Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bill Phillips said. “How do we give better care to our patients and still cut costs? That is getting really difficult.” Because it’s critical to have a financial decision support solution that enables greater visibility to financial performance, UHS uses Allscripts EPSi™:   “Knowing what your service lines are doing, how they’re performing each day, is a ‘must’ to survive these tight economic times in health care,” Phillips said. […]

On November 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) published the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR)* final rule, marking a significant milestone in the advancement toward value-based care. “Today, we are embarking on one of the most important steps we will take to improve the quality and value of care for hundreds of thousands of Americans who have hip and knee replacements through Medicare every year,” said Sylvia Burwell, secretary of Health and Human Services. CJR will test whether or not bundled payments to hospitals for lower extremity joint replacement (LEJR) surgery episodes will reduce Medicare expenditures and enhance the quality of care for beneficiaries.  Due to the high number of public comments, the rule has expanded from about 400 pages to more than 1000. What changed from the proposed rule to the final rule Our preliminary observations […]

Sharing crucial information across care settings throughout a care-community is increasingly mission-critical, especially in the unpredictable world of obstetrics and deliveries. Hospital Labor and Delivery (L&D) departments endure dramatic volume fluctuations and many opportunities for complications, all generally unanticipated even though expected. Meanwhile, clinics and obstetricians routinely see and assess prenatal patients, capturing data from delivery dates to risks, then again the same women postpartum, now with their infants. However, clinicians in these two interdependent settings generally share NO data, causing re-assessments or re-documentations on both ends, and compromising capabilities to perceive and meet risk-related needs. After investing in Allscripts SunriseTM as its interoperable electronic health record system (EHR), one organization demonstrated the value of care coordination for mothers and infants. Clinicians and information technology (IT) professionals teamed up to fine-tune applications to their local needs and to create ideal […]