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New EMR Vendor Support

Posted on December 14, 2011 I Written By

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I recently came across this really interesting comment from Abby Nardo on the DrChrono blog:

Thanks for featuring me. I’m really liking Dr. Chrono, and what I’m liking most is your responsiveness to suggestions. As an early adopter to new technologies, this is often what makes/breaks my allegiance, and you guys are great. If you aren’t able to respond to feature requests right away, you tell me why or let me know when it’s going to happen. I’m never left hanging. So far, I’m really happy.

This is one of the challenges in selecting an EMR software vendor. If you choose one of the older EMR vendors with a large established client base, then your comments and feature requests often fall on deaf ears. I’m not saying that these larger EHR vendors don’t listen to their customers. It’s just that they’re getting messages from 1000’s of EMR users at the same time and so you have to work a lot harder to make sure that your request is heard above the noise of the other 1000 voices that are shouting at the same time. Even with only 100 EMR users it’s hard for an EMR vendor to be able to really give personalized attention like is described above by Abby.

As a new entrant into the EMR world DrChrono and other new EMR software have this to their advantage. Since they only have a few customers, they can be very responsive to those customers in ways that a large company never could do. Part of it is what I described above (ie. lack of noise), but the other part is that DrChrono is still really actively developing the features in its EMR. Older EMR systems have likely already built the features that DrChrono is just now getting requested. Some consider this an advantage and some consider it a disadvantage.

Turns out that this is a perpetually cycle. Assuming DrChrono lasts, one day they’ll be the entrenched player and some other company will come along that can be more responsive to customers for the same reasons that DrChrono can be responsive today.

Which is Better?
I’m sure some people are then asking, which option is better? Is it better to have a more responsive EHR company or an EHR company that already has the EMR features that I need?

My answer is that it likely depends upon the nature of the clinic. Certainly you want to be really careful adopting any EHR that doesn’t have essential functions that you need in your office. However, after those baseline features, it depends how involved as a clinic you want to be in the future development of the EHR software. Most providers that I know don’t really want to actively participate in the development of the EHR software. They just want to open the box and have it work. However, for those few who really want to play an active role in shaping the future of an EMR, working with a smaller company can really produce great results for their clinic.

Aldebaran Robotics Launches NAO Next Gen: Can Aid Those with Autism

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All I can say is I found what I want for Christmas.  I realize it would probably cost enough to take up all of the Christmases for the rest of my life, but it would be worth it.  It even has medical application as it can be used to help serve care organizations for the elderly, or even those with autism.  The full press release is below, but check out this video, and tell me you don’t want one. If anyone wants to get one for me, I would be happy to push it to its limits to find out what it can do.



Press Release:

Aldebaran Robotics, the world leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot — NAO Next Gen. The power of NAO Next Gen, the new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use, is opening up new perspectives and fields of application for its users.

(December 9, 2011 – Paris, France) “The inception of this new generation of NAO robots means a lot to our company. We are proud to be in a position to provide our customers with endless options, whatever their sector. With NAO Next Gen coming of age, we shall be able to make it serve organisations that care for autistic children and those losing their autonomy. I created Aldebaran Robotics in 2005 with this aim: to contribute to humankind‟s well-being,” states Bruno Maisonnier, Founder and Chairman of Aldebaran Robotics. See pictures:

Three years after it started selling its first NAO models, the company has sold 2,000 robots worldwide. Aldebaran Robotics has now released the latest generation of its programmable humanoid robots, which is intended for research, teaching and, more generally, for exploring the new area of service robotics.

Stemming from six years of research and dialogue with its community of researchers and users, NAO Next Gen is capable of a higher level of interaction, thanks to increased computing power, improved stability and higher accuracy. Therefore, the latest version of the NAO robot widens considerably the range of research, teaching and application possibilities made available to specific user groups.
One of the NAO Next Gen‟s novel and most remarkable features is the fact that it is fitted with a new on-board computer, based on the powerful 1.6GHz Intel® AtomTM processor, which is suitable for multi-tasking calculations. It also has two HD cameras that are attached to a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). This set-up allows the simultaneous reception of two video streams, significantly increasing speed and performance in face-and-object recognition, even under poor-lighting conditions.

As well as its innovative features with respect to hardware, NAO Next Gen boasts a new, faster and more reliable vocal-recognition programme called Nuance. This programme is coupled with a new functionality known as „word spotting‟, which is capable of isolating and recognizing a specific word within a sentence or a conversation.

“On top of this new hardware version, we shall be delivering new software functionalities like smart torque control, a system to prevent limb/body collisions, an improved walking algorithm, and more. We have capitalised upon our experience and customer feedback in order to deliver the most suitable and efficient platform. In terms of applications especially at high-school level, we are focused on educational content, while, when it comes to improvements in personal well-being, we are working on developing specialized applications,” explains Bruno Maisonnier.

“We are also pursuing our goal to provide a NAO intended for individuals through the Developer Program — a community of programmers who are working with us today to invent tomorrow‟s personal robotics,” adds the chairman of Aldebaran Robotics.

About Aldebaran Robotics

Founded in 2005 by Bruno Maisonnier and with offices in France, China, Japan and the United States, ALDEBARAN Robotics designs, produces and commercialises autonomous humanoid robots with the aim of contributing to the well-being of humans. Today over 2,000 NAOs are in use throughout the world as research and educational tools in 45 countries. ALDEBARAN Robotics brings together more than 150 staff, including 60 engineers and PhDs, who are involved in the development and production of the robots.

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