When there’s a customer support issue – with our cell phones, cars, banking or online shopping – the answers are not always on a website or app. Sometimes we want or need to call. The experience can quickly get exasperating if we’re transferred multiple times, repeating account information, security questions or other information. Based on previous experiences, there are companies I don’t mind calling for an issue, and those I never want to speak to again. Healthcare providers want to create an environment where patients have a great experience. It doesn’t matter if they are a new patient calling to get information on the practice, or an established patient calling to schedule an appointment, ask a question about a health-related issue or follow up on results.  Whatever the reason for the call, providers want their patients to avoid the pitfalls […]

In the midst of a busy day, it’s not always easy to call my doctor’s office to get advice or schedule an appointment. It’s even harder when I have to leave a message, and I’m in a meeting when the office calls back. Sometimes, it can take hours or even days to resolve the issue. Today’s patients expect more. The experience they have on those calls, and whether everything is resolved quickly and easily, affects their overall experience with a practice as much as interaction during in-person appointments. Through the Allscripts Developer Program, we provide lots of options to help providers connect with patients to help resolve patient questions, issues and needs as efficiently and effectively as possible. Health Desk, by Keona Health, is a tool that can help providers effectively engage with patients calling or asking for health advice […]

I am surrounded by technology that helps me communicate with the various physician practices that help my family stay healthy.  I have three patient-portal logins, two email accounts, various health apps to triage symptoms and have visited numerous websites to get information about potential medical issues. However, despite all these readily available options, I still picked up the phone and called my family’s doctors a half dozen times for little things. I know I’m not alone. In fact, patients are calling their doctors more than ever. Telephone calls to physician practices have increased an estimated 25-50% over the last five years. This is a costly trend for healthcare providers, because it means training more staff to handle issues appropriately over the telephone. Missteps can involve liability, and telephone documentation is scarce. The demand for quality telephone triage has created an […]

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 […]