Allscripts has been trumpeting its “open architecture” philosophy for some time now, and Health Data Management recently talked with CEO Glen Tullman and Cliff Meltzer, executive vice president of solutions development, about what that really means.

“Open architecture is almost a philosophy,” Tullman says. The company, he notes, is not so arrogant as to believe it will figure out every aspect of the integration puzzle, but will work with other major players to interoperate with their systems, he adds. If an organization has a great financial system and is buying a clinical system from Allscripts, “We don’t say ‘rip it out,’ we’ll work with it,” he adds. “Being open is a state of mind.”

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