Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Please Touch the Demo

June 4, 2014

We have had a few interested clients recently and one thing I have realized is invaluable is that we let them touch our demo.


If you would like a live demo where you can  be in the driver’s seat, send us an email at or request one here.


Some companies seem to think this might hinder their attempts to keep their intellectual property private, but to us, non-touch demos are more of a speed bump.

I have been on many remote-desktop call demos, where a salesperson walks through a pre-written script of the product. I might ask “Can you click on that? I just want to see what it does” or “what happens if you right click there? No, not there, yes, a little higher… There!”

These screen-demos are frustrating and convey a small fraction of what can be illustrated by letting the user create their own orders, drag their own treatment schedules around, modify their own doses (and propagate the changes), maybe even send themselves a real fax!  The user can also get a feel for the responsiveness of the system and experience it as they would after they sign up.

Concerned about using Firefox on Ubuntu? Safari on Mac OS?  Let’s put those concerns to rest with a live demo where you are using Ankhos exactly as you would in your practice!  We can even break out your iPad!

There are benefits of this to us, as well. We get to see what uninitiated users might be confused about; what could be made more clear.  Perhaps the user is keeping in mind all of the things they can do in their current EMR system and can let us know what features could be added to satisfy their needs. It is much easier for a potential customer to wow themselves with a touchable demo than to hear us say how great Ankhos is.

So if you would like a live, clickable demo of Ankhos, please send us an email at and hopefully we can let you experience the ‘Wow’ for yourself.


Video: Regimen creation

February 26, 2010

Last night, I compiled a quick video showing how regimen creation works in Ankhos. This blog is about openness and collaboration and I hope that some ideas may be useful for those starting their own oncology EMR. Please leave feedback if you love or hate the way Ankhos handles regimen creation. And let us know if this information was helpful for you! Please keep in mind that the look is not yet polished.

Below are the general steps that occur in the video


Regimen creation success

February 23, 2010

Today was the first day in three of on-site user tests for Ankhos. I sat with Joy, the lead nurse at COS and went through the creation of a few oncology regimens. Granted, the previous experiences she has had with regimen entry in other EMR products has been a nightmare but, in her words, Ankhos is “Awesome!”

Oncology regimens can be as simple as prescribing one dose of one drug on one day. They can also morph into tentacled behemoths capable of devouring days of productivity and chomping away at the morale of those charged with their creation. Today we concluded that the simple interface Ankhos uses is able to tame these horriffic beasts and make their creation… dare I say… fun.

To make regimen entry simple, we tried to break it down into fundamentals. We took a step back and noticed a few fundamental principles

1. Regimens are cyclical — There should be some notion of periodicity built in to how we specify them.

2. Regimens are cohesive — They are not simply a collection of drugs, but are notions of intent for how to treat a patient.

3. Regimens are subject to real life events — They have to be flexible enough to accommodate a patient missing a treatment, or not having a ride home, or having bad reactions during treatment.

4. Regimens are temporally dependent — Modification of an ordered regimen must be allowed to ‘cascade’ to future doses and schedules.

5. Regimens can be hierarchical — Some are derived from others, and if we can design our interface around that, we can make modification and addition of regimens easier.

By taking these principles into account, we were able to design an interface that is both easy to use and powerful enough to express the most complex regimens.  More testing tomorrow…

If there is enough interest, I would be willing to create a video demonstration of our regimen creation process.

Screenshot: Calendar and dose manipulation

January 8, 2010

**UPDATE  06/05/2012** Contains old screenshots!


What would Google do? I ask this question a lot, and for good reason. Google is one of the most successful companies in human history. I use apps like Google mail calendar and chat every day. For me, it is logical to seek out and learn from such a great company. So, I ask myself,  what has Google done that can help me write this software?