Northwell, IT ace Allscripts going for the record

E for everyone: Providers and patients will both benefit from a new electronic health records platform coming from Northwell Health and Allscripts, according to the developers.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

New York State’s largest health system and a Chicago-based provider of digital healthcare solutions are teaming up on a new electronic health record system.

New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of employees and number of patients, will unite with healthcare IT expert Allscripts to create a cloud-based, voice-enabled, artificial intelligence-equipped EHR platform, with design and testing based exclusively on input from Northwell clinicians, technicians and administrators.

Allscripts, which provides payment services and other digital solutions that connect consumers with healthcare providers, will handle the platform’s development and integration, with the ultimate goal of deploying it throughout the Northwell Health system, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the two organizations.

Northwell Health President and Chief Executive Michael Dowling said the health system was “excited about the possibilities that this alliance with Allscripts will generate.”

“Coupling Allscripts’ technology expertise with Northwell’s clinical and operational strengths will enable us to create a dynamic, patient-facing tool,” Dowling said Tuesday, adding the new EHR platform will “arm clinicians with knowledge to provide exceptional care to our patients.”

This is not the first dance for Northwell Health and Allscripts; the health system has actually been using Allscripts products since 2009. An electronic health records platform designed by the Illinois company, the Allscripts Sunrise, is currently in use at 19 Northwell-affiliated hospitals, while the Allscripts Touchworks EHR is online at some 750 Northwell-owned outpatient practices.

The alliance with Northwell Health has proved “successful for many years,” according to Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Paul Black, who said the in-development, next-generation EHR would optimize the healthcare experience for clinicians and patients alike.

“Together, we are positioned to develop and launch the electronic health record of tomorrow,” Black said in a statement. “By focusing on the needs of both clinicians and patients, this innovative collaboration will help lead the healthcare IT industry into the future.”