“There’s an app for that” is a common expression proving true in healthcare IT. For example, SAMA HealthCare Services (El Dorado, Arkansas, U.S.A.) uses third-party applications to customize its electronic health record (EHR) core and improve patient-centered care. It launched eDoc4U in May 2014 to automate required annual Medicare wellness exams and assess health risks. In a recent case study, SAMA HealthCare lead physician Gary Bevill said, “We’ve pushed the envelope and look for ways to keep the patient foremost in the encounter…With Allscripts Professional EHR and eDoc4U, it was a way to further extend that goal and offer much greater value to our patients.” The big picture: Improving care in Arkansas According to the United Health Foundation, Arkansas is the second unhealthiest state in the nation, with high rates of smoking, obesity, diabetes and poverty. Lack of preventive care, […]

One of the things I love most about working with partners is seeing their dedicated work to solve specific problems for our clients, using integration tools and expertise available in the Allscripts Developer Program.  They make it look simple and seamless, even though their “overnight success” may have been years and years in the making. Our App of the Month, from eDoc4U, is an example of a company laser-focused on solving problems and creating innovative new software.  Last year, it was one of the five finalists of the Open App Challenge, chosen by a panel of clients, industry experts and Allscripts representatives as an application that could potentially revolutionize health care. Since then eDoc4U received a patent on its NCQA-certified population health management technology and worked with Allscripts clients and developers to refine its integration, making it as streamlined and robust […]

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What programmers think of Open

I could go on and on about the value of Open. I firmly believe that an Open approach is the only way healthcare IT companies can collaborate, innovate and advance health care. But what does it mean to third-party developers? Do they believe in Open as much as I do? I sat down recently with programmers from Shareable Ink, New York Presbyterian, eDoc4u and others. Part of a Unity training class, these folks are very proficient at using Allscripts Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). We also talked about the value of Open. I asked, “How important is Open to you on a scale of 1 to 10?” Consensus answer: 11. The most valuable aspect of Open platforms The developer partners we work with have creative solutions – such as Shareable Ink’s special pen or eDoc4u’s risk assessment or a clinical decision […]

Allscripts Open App Challenge reflects our commitment to innovation and belief that Open matters to the future of health care.  By sharing our Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) with developers, we invite others to work alongside us to make better tools to help deliver better care. Simply put, healthcare IT is a team sport. (Click here to tweet this idea.) We must “play well” together to solve the challenges in our industry today. No single company or developer will have the all the expertise our diverse field requires. In March we announced the 15 companies receiving awards for Phase 1 of the Open App Challenge. Since then, we’ve been working on Phase 2, which focused on exceptional outcomes. Developers showed how their new apps helped our clients and the judging criteria weighed the outcomes and client feedback from the beta sites using […]

Open is a catalyst for innovation. Just take a look at the Phase 1 recipients in this year’s Open App Challenge, and you’ll see what I mean. These developers are challenging the status quo to improve health care.  They’re creating better solutions. In the process, they’re challenging Allscripts to do better, too. Especially a company called eDoc4u.  It used Allscripts Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to integrate its risk assessment platform with our electronic health records (EHRs).  Working as a team, we’re making healthcare information work harder and accomplish more than ever before –  to boost revenue, reduce costs, and improve quality of care. Integrating risk assessments with the EHR First, let me explain what eDoc4u does (you can also watch this demo video). Its Automated Physician Extender™ is a risk assessment and personal health management platform that combines patient data […]