What might the next-generation electronic medical record (EMR) look like?

Eighty percent of an EMR’s functionality is commodities — maybe more, says Brent James, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for Intermountain Healthcare. “We call it a services-oriented architecture, where you have patient identification, an electronic master patient index, you have security features, you have data persistence or data storage, you have order processing,” he explains. “The idea is to build a layer on top that can call those services, but that layer is completely under control of clinical teams, where you can define your own work environment.” ….more