There are a number of challenges to face when fostering innovation in healthcare. We spoke to Stuart Miller, Allscripts Managing Director for Europe, to learn how Allscripts can help to overcome some of these challenges, as well as drive interoperability and patient engagement.
AM: Can you tell us a little about Allscripts?
SM: Allscripts is a provider of Open healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Our innovative solutions connect people, places and data across an Open, Connected Community of Health™. Connectivity empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. We are a truly global company with clients including 180,000 physicians, 45,000 physician offices, 2,500 hospitals, 13,000 post-acute facilities, 100,000 electronic prescribing physicians and 40,000 in-home clinicians.
AM: How can Allscripts help drive interoperability and patient engagement?
SM: Patient engagement is essential to improving care, but it can be a tough climb. For example, U.S. clients often note the most challenging government incentive measures are the ones that require patient response. If we take Florida-based health care provider, Health First, as an example, it recognised the importance of genuine patient engagement, including millions of dollars in potential Meaningful Use incentives. Within just a few short weeks it achieved 52.6% of patients with online access and encouraged 6.8% of patients to view information electronically. With this level of engagement, it will help providers deliver better care and motivate patients to become active partners.
AM: Allscripts Sunrise™ EHR has been named 2015 Top Inpatient Electronic Health Records Vendor. What are some of the features of this solution, and what benefits does it offer over competitive solutions?
SM: Allscripts Sunrise EHR platform is an integrated suite of solutions for acute, post-acute, ambulatory, revenue cycle and emergency healthcare providers. The solutions include a single EHR for emergency, inpatient and ambulatory care settings, as well as a patient portal. The benefit of the Allscripts Sunrise solution is that is provides access to integrated patient information across care settings and community organisations as well as offering industry-leading clinical decision support that can lead to improved outcomes.
AM: What are some of the challenges of fostering innovation in health care? How does Allscripts overcome these?
SM: We believe solutions need to integrate and share data with each other, even if they are from competing vendors or use different vocabularies, formats and semantics. Until clinicians can share information among disparate systems, the value they receive from any of them is severely compromised. Allscripts strongly believes we need more solutions that overcome the interoperability barrier, such as the Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution, as its capabilities are the ones that will help healthcare organisations advance.
Over the past few years, the industry agrees on three main strategies that can help improve patient and population health, while controlling the spiralling cost of health care:
• Coordinate care
• Engage patients
• Analyse data
None of these foundational strategies will be successful if systems containing critical information are not interoperable. If healthcare providers and executives can only see a portion of the information available, results will continue to be suboptimal.
AM: How did your partnership with NantHealth come about, and what goals does it hope to achieve?
SM: Allscripts is focused on bringing innovation and integration to health care through collaboration. The partnership between NantHealth and Allscripts creates a “game changing” platform for precision medicine. NantHealth’s GPS Cancer-based analytical reports are overlaid onto the harmonised patient record through Allscripts dbMotion and made available at the next point of care or in an ACO context even earlier. Allscripts dbMotion then enables providers and care team to monitor patients over time regardless of the EHR platform. Drawing from additional patient context from Allscripts dbMotion, NantHealth can optimise the treatment match for a given mutation—and for any given patient. This will allow oncologists to match a personalised treatment protocol based on the specific holistic clinical picture of the patient, with minimal clicks. This treatment is then available as a care plan in Allscripts solutions such as dbMotion, Sunrise, Care Director, etc.
To learn more about Allscripts visit www.allscripts.com or call us at + 1.800.334.8534.
Stuart Miller was speaking to Anna-Marie MacDonald, Editor for Technology Networks.