MedicaSoft to Demonstrate the Capabilities of Advanced Web Technologies for EHRs at HIMSS16

Now that the rush of the holidays has passed and we’re busily into the first quarter of 2016 and preparing for HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, I thought it would be a good time to reflect briefly on the progress made by the MedicaSoft team over the last year. I have to lead off by saying that I’m very proud of the work we have accomplished in a year –  there were a lot of accomplishments worth mentioning! We can’t wait to showcase our new products at HIMSS later this month – come see us in booth 11449! In reviewing how far we’ve come, I’ve also realized what sets us apart from solutions that are based on older technologies –  I’ll get into that more below.

Our hard working team of clinicians and developers have added hundreds of new features to our health IT products over the last year. At the same time, we pursued and received our ONC certification for a complete electronic health record (EHR) system in both Ambulatory and Inpatient and had our personal health record (PHR) certified for the 2014 rules. We look forward to the ONC’s new requirements for greater interoperability since our EHR was built for interoperability and not only supports FHIR, but has a FHIR-based architecture which will make our transactions faster than our those using older technologies.

Our team prides itself on using cutting edge software technologies that maximize everything from interoperability to speed, integration, reliability, and usability. We use Angular.js to build our user Interface. Angular.js is a technology that was invented at Google and used by Google for its own products.

We use Node.js for the serverside logic. Node.js allows us to provide incredibly fast transactions and again, use technology from this decade, unlike other health IT solutions. Node.js is growing at an exponential rate in industry – well, other industries, not healthcare.

For example, Wal-Mart launched with Node.js in 2013, where they put all of their mobile traffic through Node.js on Black Friday. The team at Wal-Mart Labs tweeted using the #nodebf hashtag showing the performance of the Node.js application on the busiest shopping day of the year. On Black Friday, the Wal-Mart servers didn’t go over 1% CPU utilization and the team did a deploy with 200,000 users online.

LinkedIn moved to Node.js from Rails for their mobile traffic, reducing the number of servers from 30 to 3 (90% reduction) and the new system was up to 20 times faster. Meanwhile, our competitors are still using technology and architectures that would be considered obsolete in the hi-tech industry. Why is the healthcare industry still lagging in adopting technologies that would put the speed of healthcare transactions on par with the biggest corporations in the world? Speed enables quick action. Quick action by clinicians saves lives.

I’ve talked a lot about our technology, but we also worked hard this year to certify our Health Information Service Provider (HISP) services. We received our Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) DTAAP HISP Accreditation and were selected as one of three companies for EHNAC’s Cloud-Enabled Accreditation Program (CEAP). We’re proud to offer secure and trusted products to our customers. In addition to the EHNAC accreditations, we also worked with SureScripts for direct integration to their e-prescribing network.

Our accomplishments this past year go beyond implementing features, accreditations, and integrations – we also improved our internal development processes. In working with our clinicians and informaticists, we developed a fast feedback continuous improvement process that allows us to quickly innovate and build new features into our software. We can make product improvements at a speed that would allow us to provide monthly releases to our client partners, however, most choose quarterly or semi-annual deployments. Our technology and our clinicians allow us to provide our customers and partners with solutions that providers are delighted to use, that improve outcomes, patient satisfaction and revenue for our clients. We’ve had a great year and we are excited to show you our products at HIMSS16. We hope to see you at the show!

Come see us at Booth 11449!

MedicaSoft to Demonstrate the Capabilities of Advanced Web Technologies for EHRs at HIMSS16 was authored by Brandt Welker and published in Medicasoft's CTO Blog. It is reprinted here with permission. The original post can be found here.