New York City’s famous Times Square seems an unlikely place to find inspiration for Health IT folks. But it’s where we find a great example of a different kind of Open – building architecture. A recent TEDxTimesSquare video features architect Guy Geier discussing some of the projects his firm designed on Times Square, including The New York Times Building. I recognized that Open building architecture has distinct parallels to an Open approach to Health IT software. “Open architecture, like in software design, is approachable, understandable, and comprehendable (sic) by the people that are engaged with the building,” said Geier. That’s exactly what UNITY and Allscripts Open Application Programming Interface (API) does for developers. It helps make our Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems become more approachable, understandable and comprehensible. They can more easily integrate and add value for our clients Open […]

Most Electronic Health Record users are forced to wait for the next upgrade to extend their system’s functionality.  At University Hospitals in Cleveland, we’re fortunate to use Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM), an EHR that gives us a lot more flexibility.  With SCM we’re able to make the changes we want ourselves, by leveraging Medical Logic Modules (MLM) — a kind of artificial intelligence that queries the underlying EHR database and, depending on the if-then logic that you create, triggers advanced clinical decision support. Like the apps that make your smart phone smarter, these packets of artificial intelligence have improved patient care and even made our caregivers happy (no easy task for an IT team). Our team has launched many MLM-powered innovations across the eight UH hospitals that use SCM. But I want to talk about just one: a patient handoff […]