Down to the wire

Shuttle launch

It’s been really busy lately (thus, the lack of posts), but we’re finally starting 1.0 on Monday!  We’re going to be going side-by-side with the paper charts until we determine that all the bolts are screwed in tightly.

I’ve been working very closely with the staff at Carolina Oncology Specialists.  I’ve spent weeks, nay,  months watching, listening, asking questions.  And it has paid off. Ankhos is almost unrecognizable (even the name) from what we started with nearly 10 months ago. This is a good thing. I owe much to the staff who have helped with this effort, especially Dr. Orlowski and  lead R.N.  Joy Hester. Their enthusiasm and willingness to take my after-dinner calls has been indespensible to the progress of Ankhos.

The staff is armed with their cache of iPads and we’re ready to rock.  This  weekend will certainly be a busy one. There are many usability findings that need fixing in these next few days. They are little things like ‘this button should be bigger’, or ‘This link should be on this page’, but hopefully these are the types of bolts that need tightening.

Here’s looking forward to 1.1 and the innovative solutions we have for patient scheduling!

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7 Responses to “Down to the wire”

  1. Joy Hester Says:

    We all have iPads charged and at the ready anxiously awaitng the arrival of Ankhos. Our fearless leader, Nick Orlowski, has made things so easy. Its like “why did the others not think of that?” This has been a great learning experience. I hope to continue learning!

  2. Aru Says:

    Good luck! May your rollout be bug-free!

  3. orlowski Says:

    Thanks guys! 🙂

  4. Steve Says:

    It strikes mr that with web development tools having matured, and using web browsers to delegate the responsibility for networking, printing, and client processing, that the dynamics of software creation have changed. An EMR system will cost about $150000 plus $10000 per doc, plus additional expenses. With your system you’ve paid about that for a custom solution. Plus, your system works!

  5. orlowski Says:

    Why so much? Our entire framework is baed on open source projects: Python, Django, Dojo/Dijit, PostgreSQL, Apache. There isnt one licensing fee that will get passed on to the customer. Hell, this thing could run on Linux just as well as windows and you wouldnt even have to pay for the desktop licenses!

    There are, of course, costs associated with development and quality control, but as a loose estimate, I see that number as an order of magnitude off target for what we are considering.

  6. kd4ttc Says:

    Oh, I meant that $150000 plus was the cost of commercial software. In this case you have been working for a year, so you are worth about $150000 in development costs. What is great about your system is that the recurring costs are way less.

    Now that you’ve developed it you can market to other oncology practices. With Django you can create semi-custom code for much less than the big guys. Also, Djang plays nice on Google Apps, so you can offer a hosted system. The use of a browser architecture was very smart.

    My initial comment was meant to say that for the cost of a lousy commercial emr most practices today can probably roll their own for about the same cost, get better functionality, and better meet their changing needs.

  7. orlowski Says:

    I totally agree an my client would, too. They are totally fed up with their current software, but we are slowly chipping away at its functionality, hopeful to completely replace it soon with software they will actually LIKE. (and for much less than 150k.

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