Nibbling at the heels of Commercial EMR

Location: E146 Level: Novice
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The session will describe the architecture, tools and the software development life cycle behind four components that have been developed at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) to extend and customize its EMR using Open Source technology stack.

The first component is a solution that provides a one-stop shop for radiology orders, where Radiologists review and maintain multiple orders across different states.

The second component is ambulatory billing page, where the physicians at the outpatient clinics process hundreds of charge tickets a day, and refuse to utilize the EMR out-of-the-box order entry mechanism. A solution is developed to programmatically create those orders and diagnosis using an Open Source stack.

The third component is an employee lookup utility that is added into the EMR but also can be accessed directly on mobile devices from outside the EMR, to provide the nurses with a quick way to find and contact care provider for a certain patient.

The fourth component is a slick replacement of the Handoff page that is developed and hosted on an open source stack, where a summary of the patient chart is displayed in a portal fashion to provide the medical staff with a customizable drill-able dashboard of the patient information.

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Mohamed Elmallah

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

• Mohamed Elmallah is the Manager of Enterprise Applications and Architecture at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He has BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Software Engineering. Mohamed is PMP and has 20 years of Software Development experience. He is passionate about Agile methodologies and Open Source. He is the author of Web Development with Oracle Portal book (Prentice Hall). Twitter @melmallah @healthcare4me


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