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The Power of Open

Imagine if a car company said “To control quality, we are going to make every part of the car. We’re going to make our own batteries, mine our own steel, build our own radios…” The cost of that car would skyrocket. Quality and innovation would suffer.

Continuing with that analogy, Allscripts makes the car (EHR) and will help you customize it in ways that are important to you. If you want a ski rack, we have partners whose racks are safe and fit your roof. If you want a satellite radio, we DO NOT say, “You have to wait until WE invent it ourselves.” With our Open approach, we partner with experts to get the best satellite radios in the hands of our clients faster.

Thanks to all of the companies that have joined us on this quest to move healthcare information technology into a collaborative, cooperative team sport – where everyone wins: caregivers, healthcare organizations, partners and patients.

That’s the Power of Open.

One company can’t do it all

We began our journey to Open in 2007, when we taught our first Allscripts Development Program class. We knew then that Open was the right thing for us as a company, as partners and as a society. Most importantly it is the right thing for us to do as patients.

Healthcare information technology should be a team sport (click to tweet this idea). When we collaborate with each other, we help each other bring solutions to the healthcare providers and patients.


Open reduces the time from invention to delivery by making it faster for those innovations to plug in to solutions the healthcare organizations already own.

Open makes it easy for clients to add on to their existing products. They can take advantage of breakthrough technologies and put great ideas into practice.

What plug-in app for your EHR would you most like to have? (Visit the Allscripts Application Store; it may already be there.)

Editor’s note: Based on analysis of innovation strategies among leading health information technology vendors, Frost & Sullivan recognized Allscripts with the 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership for our Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). You can read more in a recent news release.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated on June 3, 2015 to replace outdated material

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