I am proud to report that we have reached a major implementation milestone in the development of Ankhos: no new paper is going into any chart! All new patient referral material is being scanned and all incoming documents are reviewed and signed electronically… and our users love it.
We have had our nose to the grindstone for 2+ years and it is now time to look up and make sure we are headed in the right direction.
In the light of the recent meaningful use audits, I think it was a good decision to finish these core features before attempting meaningful use certification. The physicians I work with are quickly realizing that it is much easier, desirable and predictable to squeeze money out of increased productivity than to hope that the government hands us a check (and doesn’t take it back). While we are still headed towards meaningful use, we are going to take a short detour – to CCHIT Ambulatory Oncology Certification.
It’s not that large of a detour either. Because we started with the fundamentals of oncology: regimens, propagating dose changes, a timeline-oriented mentality, and a strong drug administration workflow, we are probably 85-90% towards complete test script coverage. Having the CCHIT seal of approval for both oncology and meaningful use should help this rocket take off even faster.
Are we and EMR vendor? I’m not sure anymore. I’m beginning to think of us as an Oncology Software Vendor.