This week I testified before the United States House of Representatives. It was an honor to represent the healthcare IT industry and share how innovations are driving efficiencies and improvements. Here are excerpts from that testimony: Despite some bumps in the road, as can be expected in times of change, there have been huge leaps forward in our industry in recent years that never would have happened had Congress not provided the impetus for ubiquitous adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). These changes have disrupted paper systems that stood for decades, and the result is a new digital ecosystem of caregivers, software developers and patients, allowing all to take a fresh look at how processes can be enhanced via automation. Fortunately, following disruption, there is innovation and opportunity. Allow me to provide a few examples: Allscripts dbMotion™ interoperability platform brings […]

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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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Learning resilience from other industries

Last week the Advisory Board Company held its second colloquium for Fellows in Washington D.C. with the topic being ‘The Health Care Ecosystem’. As just one of two vendor participants asked to join this fellowship with distinguished healthcare provider leaders, I was interested to hear the challenges and opportunities facing these organizations first hand. A central theme last week was the concept of developing resilience for healthcare systems. The framework suggests resilience increases when healthcare systems can simultaneously exert control and adapt to external forces of public policy, economics, demographics and technology. One of the directors for the Advisory Board summed it up by saying “Our aspiration for you is to be leaders that can see up and around the bend.” What happens when industries are not resilient To illustrate the importance of this concept the Fellowship reviewed the Harvard […]