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Allscripts Review

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Adam C. Uzialko
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business.com writer
| Updated
Jun 22, 2018
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Allscripts Professional electronic health record (EHR) system is a solution intended for small- to mid-sized practices. It offers an open architecture, so you can use it to connect to other providers or medical facilities and provide patient information quickly and securely. Allscripts supports more than 20 specialties, which includes pre-built templates for charting.

Allscripts

Allscripts

The Best Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software of 2019

The Verdict

Allscripts Professional electronic health record (EHR) system boasts thorough interoperability tools, but its ease of use leaves something to be desire It can be difficult to find what you need unless you're familiar with the system.

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While Allscripts offers thorough interoperability, which is highly useful in an EHR – also known as an electronic medical records (EMR) system. However, its user interface leaves a lot to be desired and can make navigating a patient encounter difficult and time consuming. We found the system somewhat unwieldy; it required a lot of clicks and hunting for the right information, which runs the risk of taking provider attention off the patient.

Ease of use

Allscripts Professional EHR does not have the most attractive user interface on the market. It appears simple and somewhat outdated, leading information to look jumbled and disorganized at first glance. While it is not the easiest or most intuitive system to use, Allscripts appears comprehensive and could be an effective tool for users who take the time to become highly familiar with it. The learning curve, however, is steep, and the interface can be overwhelming.

The patient manager is one of the primary screens providers will see upon accessing the software. It prominently lays out lab results on the top left, with patient appointments and notifications on the right-hand side. Below is a window for clinical decision support. Basic patient information appears on the top of the screen, and module navigation icons live on the far left-hand side.

The charting tool is busy and takes some hunting to find what you're looking for. We also found that it takes a good deal of clicks to navigate throughout a patient encounter. On the top of the screen are a series of tabs, which include options like note, vitals, labs, growth chart, immunization and chart viewer. Organizing the information under so many tabs – there are more than a dozen total – creates a fragmented, unwieldy feel to the charting tool.

On the left side of the screen is a menu that allows users to navigate through more detailed information about the patient, including complaints, past medical history, family history, social history, current meds, allergies and vitals. Some of the tabs are repeated here, and again there are so many as to make the system feel cumbersome.

Integration

Allscripts Professional EHR is an open platform solution aimed at bringing together disparate data sources throughout your practice and also throughout the entire continuum of care. This is useful for any practice that wants to easily communicate with labs, pharmacies, and hospitals without worrying about whether other systems cannot interface. It is also useful for multispecialty practices or those with multiple locations that have several different data sources that need to be unified.

With Allscripts, you can connect with necessary outside facilities, such as pharmacies and laboratories, or use the open interface of the software to connect with other networks and providers. These interoperability features allow you to provide safe and comprehensive health care to your patients. 

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Allscripts

Allscripts

The Best Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software of 2019

The Verdict

Allscripts Professional electronic health record (EHR) system boasts thorough interoperability tools, but its ease of use leaves something to be desire It can be difficult to find what you need unless you're familiar with the system.

Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a degree in political science and journalism and media studies. He reviews healthcare information technology, call centers, document management software and employee monitoring software. In addition to his full-time position at Business News Daily and Business.com, Adam freelances for several outlets. An indispensable ally of the feline race, Adam is owned by four lovely cats.