Current EHRs are among the most complex pieces of software ever written. They serve a critical role to help standardize clinical workflow, facilitate billing, and integrate simplistic forms of clinical decision support, yet tremendous effort is required to customize EHRs to meet the needs of diverse hospital systems.

We felt there had to be a better way.

Starting in 2012 we started investigating ways to create a framework built on top of our Epic-based EHR that would allow us to access the EHR in a standard way from any device or platform. By the summer of 2013 we had a functional proof of concept that allowed us to access patient demographics, problem lists, medications and more from a simple Android app. Duke Apps Supporting Healthcare, referred to internally as DASH, was born!

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