I had a chance to chat with Stanley Crane, Chief Innovation Officer at Allscripts, at the 2015 Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara. We talked about Allscripts’ interoperable platform for innovation as well as how they are collaborating with other vendors, such as Validic, to make patient data accessible within the Allscripts ecosystem from different venues and devices. You can view the video interview here:
Stanley describes Allscripts approach to interoperability as a “plug strip.”
Stanley describes Allscripts approach to interoperability as a “plug strip.” He said that if a third party vendor has a solution—for example, an all-in-one device to measure blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs—that vendor can write code that will allow that device to integrate into the Allscripts EHR. And if the vendor partner is an expert in genomics, then the vendor can write code so that a patient who has a genetic variant rendering them incapable of metabolizing Plavix into its active form can be identified right in their electronic health record.
When I asked about interoperability with other electronic health record systems (for example, inpatient Cerner systems or physicians’ offices using a different EHR), he said they also have solutions for that such as their patient portal, Follow My Health, that allows information about the patient’s hospital stay to be pulled into the portal. Patients do have to request access to the portal practice by practice so it is not completely seamless, but it does begin to make it easier for people getting care in a variety of disconnected healthcare settings that provide care to most people in the US.
So all in all, progress is being made for users of the Allscripts systems
Allscripts also collaborates with companies like Validic, that enable the transfer of patient-generated digital data from a variety of devices (digital health apps, wearables, in-home medical devices) so that developers can incorporate that data into their solutions (apps and platforms).
So all in all, progress is being made for users of the Allscripts systems even though we still have some way to go to get to seamless interoperability across all healthcare settings everywhere. But, as Stanley told me at the end of the interview:
“We look forward to showing the way and at least being a great example of collaboration and cooperation so that rather than building castle walls around your data, we built a freeway through it.”