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  • Finding better ways to notify providers about patient events

    Erik Kins
    April 11, 2017

    The variability of the EHR capabilities makes it more complex for large health systems to design a cohesive notification system. Using open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), Northwell Health designed a solution that enables clinicians to see patient event notifications within their electronic health record (EHR) workflow, which enables better care coordination. Read more…

  • Modernizing the pediatric practice for millennial parents

    Tina Joros
    March 27, 2017

    Many pediatric practices are discovering that millennial parents (those born from the early 1980s to the late 1990s) have different expectations for their children’s health care than previous generations. Practices like Raleigh Pediatrics, for example, have used tools like Phreesia to help modernize their practices with electronic patient intake and other tech-enabled services that millennial parents have come to expect. Read more…

  • Mobile apps are engaging patients in new ways

    Tina Joros
    February 16, 2017

    Can you imagine what it must have been like working on the initial launch of Apple’s App Store? I think we all want to make an impact like that. For those of us in the Allscripts Developer Program (ADP), we’re one part of an overall transformation throughout the healthcare industry that’s changing the way people think about health data, its accessibility, and its potential to fundamentally improve how people live. Read more…

  • Record coordination app means less stress for patients

    Tina Joros
    January 18, 2017

    When battling horrific diseases, you can’t always cure them, but you can help in the fight. This is what inspired Debi Willis, CEO and founder of our partner PatientLink, to combine her personal experience and technical knowledge to create MyLinks. Read more…

  • Multiple integration projects: One open API

    Tina Joros
    January 06, 2017

    New care models require health IT infrastructure that can interact with multiple solutions, devices and applications in a more streamlined, scalable and efficient way. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can help create a successful health IT ecosystem. NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP), a nonprofit university hospital based in New York City, started using open APIs to achieve interoperability in 2014. Read more…

  • Clinical photography bridges technology gap in health care

    Tina Joros
    November 16, 2016

    Sometimes the best way to capture information is with a picture. Photographs can help clinicians diagnose conditions and monitor progress, especially in specialties such as plastic surgery, dermatology, burn care, wound care and vein care. Clinical photography can be helpful in these cases. However, due to the technical skill needed to capture accurate, repeatable photographs, these pictures rarely provide comparable, measurable (read “quality”) data for providers. Read more…

  • Meaningful Use Stage 3 drives more flexibility in how patients access data

    Tina Joros
    October 27, 2016

    Patient portals are essential communication tools for many providers and patients today. For example, more than 9.3 million patients have accounts through the Allscripts FollowMyHealth® patient engagement platform. But a recent Nielsen survey found that the majority of Americans are not using digital technology to access their physicians – which is unlike how we approach other aspects of our lives, such as banking or making travel arrangements. Read more…

  • When every day matters

    Tina Joros
    August 25, 2016

    Working with health information technology companies every day can be exciting – you get a chance to see futuristic solutions that you know will have an impact on generations of people receiving health care. But the origin of these solutions can be quite heartbreaking. You hear stories of medical errors and information gridlock that led to devastating results for loved ones. Here is a story that Patrick Randolph, CEO of QueueDr, told me about his friend, who had to wait three weeks to find out he had multiple sclerosis (MS): Read more…

  • Data collection options for every patient

    Tina Joros
    July 21, 2016

    To provide the best quality care, clinicians need detailed information about a patient’s medical history and status. They need to know existing information is correct, and also about new details in patients’ lives that could affect their care. Some days, I’m organized and build in time to prepare for upcoming appointments. I may be able to go to an online site and complete the updates and information necessary for my visit in advance. During busy days Read more…

  • Create a great experience for every caller

    Tina Joros
    June 23, 2016

    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. Read more…

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