When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up and do something to make the world a better place for everyone. I thought about becoming a missionary, a doctor or a teacher.
Eventually I became a computer programmer because I love solving problems with technology
To solve big problems, collaboration with many people with varied backgrounds and skill sets is vital for success. This is why I love working with the HL7 FHIR community.
HL7 brings together people from all over the planet with a single focus to improve the exchange of electronic health information. Each person brings their experiences and insights
into solving real world problems in healthcare. Together we're learning how to use and expand the HL7 FHIR standards to solve those problems.
After making a career of collecting medical information, a cancer diagnosis made the effort even more personal for Oklahoma City entrepreneur Debi Willis.
Founded in 1999, Willis' PatientLink Enterprises Inc. helps medical offices more easily digitize and use the paperwork patients fill out before appointments. The inspiration for her second major
product followed from her own experiences with doctors.
Purse Power recognizes PatientLink CEO Debi Willis for healthcare technology innovations
March 21, 2018
PatientLink Enterprises, Inc. is a pioneer in the healthcare software industry. Founded by Debi Willis in 1999, it quickly become a valuable resource for the medical community.
As healthcare technology advances across the country, PatientLink keeps up with the needs of clinicians and patients by continuing to add features and products. Each new addition is focused on improving healthcare and helping clinicians and patients share information.
PatientLink Enterprises to Exhibit Award-Winning MyLinks Application at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas
February 28, 2018
PatientLink Enterprises, a software development company specializing in healthcare technology, will demonstrate
their award-winning MyLinks® application in the HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase in two use cases: Telehealth & Stroke
Continuum of Care and Opioid Addiction Care.
"Interoperability is not just about moving data from one place to another. The purpose of interoperability is to improve health and
healthcare by delivering information at the right time to the right person. Interoperability must include the patient, allowing
the patient to gather and share their information to improve and protect their own health."
As expectations for quality measures increase, physician practices often struggle with the growing burden of data entry. The big question becomes: How do we get the data in a way that is reportable, without driving clinicians crazy in the process?
One of our clients – a large, multi-region health system – has well-established workflows, documentation and training, but recognized that the complexity of
quality metric requirements and the size of the organization created too much variability in data entry. To achieve better
Medicare Shared Saving Program (MSSP) quality
metric scores and improve clinician satisfaction, this organization designed a
project to decrease the data entry burden.
It reached out to PatientLink, a partner of Allscripts that provides online and point-of-service solutions to automate
patient data collection. PatientLink developed a custom form that pulls discrete data into Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR
with a combination of patient- and user-facing interfaces. Together with custom note forms, flowsheets and order groups,
the new tools reduced the number of steps necessary to automate 70 data points that satisfy approximately 11 measures.
PatientLink® CEO Debi Willis Presents at 2017 HL7® FHIR® Applications Roundtable Conference
December 6, 2017
Elligo Health Research and PatientLink Brings New Opportunities for Physicians and Their Patients
November 9, 2017
Elligo Health Research, a leading clinical research infrastructure provider that brings
together sponsors, physicians, patients and CROs to improve clinical trial access and efficiency, is now connecting physicians and patients to treatment
options through a new partnership with PatientLink Enterprises, an innovative medical patient data collection and enrollment software development company.
Health IT Innovator to Present Award-Winning MyLinks App at Health 2.0 11th Fall Conference
By: Elizabeth Barker
September 28, 2017
Debi Willis will be presenting MyLinks at the Health 2.0 conference along with Dr. Don Rucker of the ONC,
Paul Black CEO of Allscripts, Ryan Howells of the
, and several other prominent Health IT leaders.
She will demonstrate how a patient can pull and aggregate their clinical data from
, who use different EHRs. She will also demonstrate how patients can send data from MyLinks to any
provider. MyLinks uses the newest interoperability standards to help patients gather and share their medical
records among their full care team. MyLinks also enables patients to link with other patients and researchers -
with a goal to save lives, lower healthcare costs, find cures faster, and bring a much better experience to
both patients and caregivers.
Success Stories: Debi Willis, Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge
August 1, 2017
MyLinks is an interactive platform that allows patients to import their medical information from all their health providers and mobile devices, transmit their records, plus link to researchers, pharmacists, caregivers, and family and friends. MyLinks is built using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) application programming interface (API), the newest technology standard for healthcare interoperability. Patient health information is pulled into MyLinks as structured data, allowing consumers to easily aggregate data from many sources.
PatientLink CEO, Debi Willis named among leading innovators in Healthcare IT
By: Health Data Management
June 27, 2017
A number of HIT executives, policy makers and industry innovators are leading the digital disruption of healthcare. In the following list, Health Data Management editors profile some of these visionaries who are seeking new and better ways to use cutting-edge technology to improve patient care.
Debi Willis and PatientLink's team of HIT experts use technology to pioneer solutions for improving patient care.
App developers demo ways to capitalize on emerging data sharing standard
By: Greg Slabodkin
March 21, 2017
While Health Level 7 International’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is still emerging as a mature standard, app developers have widely embraced HL7’s FHIR in many current use cases.
Health IT vendors see FHIR as a critical component to solving the complex interoperability challenges that are confronting healthcare organizations. Ultimately, they view their respective efforts as creating an ecosystem of third-party apps that will serve to increase consumer access to their health records through the open FHIR application programming interface.
Record coordination app means less stress for patients
By: Tina Joros
January 18, 2017
When battling horrific diseases, you can't always cure them, but you can help in the fight. This is what inspired Debi Willis, CEO and founder of PatientLink,
to combine her personal experience and technical knowledge to create MyLinks. Throughout her own fight with cancer, she faced many delays in ordering medical
records, test results and reports. Coordinating her records was a daunting task.
The ONC's Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge was intended to spur the development of third-party,
consumer-facing applications that use open, standardized APIs to help consumers aggregate their data in one place and
under their control. This challenge focused on solving the problem that many consumers have today – the ability to easily and
electronically access their health data from different health care providers who use a variety of different health IT systems.
The lack of interoperability between electronic health record (EHR) systems remains a significant barrier
to the modernization of health IT. Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)®, developed by HL7, is a standard
designed to allow data to move between vendor systems at different providers and to third-party applications for direct
use by consumers, enabling patients to play a more active role in managing their health. Patients' ability to seamlessly
take their data with them as they move from provider to provider is one of the main goals of moving from a paper-based
to an electronic health record system.
"It was such an honor to be chosen," said Debi Willis, PatientLink CEO and Founder. "Partnering with the
Developer Program (ADP)
so many opportunities for us to showcase our products. We greatly value our partnership because of Allscripts' client focus, intelligent APIs
and the ease of doing business with the team."
10,000 boomers turn 65 every day. Can digital health technology keep them STEADI?
September 29, 2016
By 2050 the U.S. older adult population is projected to almost double, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn
age 65. With this great demographic shift – what some have called the "silver tsunami" – comes added pressure, as well as added opportunity, for
governments, healthcare providers and industry to address the needs of our growing aging population.
Clinical Decision Support Tool to Decrease Fall Risk in Older Adults
September 22, 2016
Falls are preventable and can be considerably reduced if high risk patients are identified through screening and receive appropriate follow-up care.
If your practice serves adults 65 and older, you should already be doing fall risk assessments. However, many doctors don’t due to time constraints.
While time is limited at an appointment, it’s crucial for doctors to help patients develop a plan to decrease their fall risk. The
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that doctors incorporate fall prevention into their regular practice.
Doctors should be informed on what they can do to prevent falls among their older adult patients, such as recommending vitamin D,
reducing medications that might increase falls, and referring patients to community programs or physical therapy to improve their balance.
2017 will transform the way your practice approaches Medicare reimbursements and patient data.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) doesn't officially affect Medicare payments until 2019, but a lot is happening as the deadline approaches.
Based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule, 2017 will have a direct impact on MACRA's 2019's payment calculations.
The Allscripts Developer Program (ADP) provides health IT software companies (like PatientLink) an opportunity to assist medical professionals by integrating
with their electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solutions. At the recent Allscripts Developer Summit, PatientLink was awarded the program’s
Marketing Excellence Award, and in 2014 was awarded Best Use of Open APIs for Allscripts Professional EHR™.
Imagine walking into your office, preparing to see 20 patients that day, and knowing you have limited time with each of them. You want to be prepared for each patient; but in reality, you will fly from appointment to appointment with no time for a breather.
For medical professionals, each day seems to get shorter and the task lists seem to get longer. There are endless amounts of data that professionals need to enter after seeing each patient. For doctors who see about 20 patients a day, that’s a lot of data entry. Anything that helps with workflow efficiency and saves time is critical. PatientLink has automated the data entry process and empowered doctors to be more prepared for the patient visit.
I feel more confident that it will be done correctly more often ... PatientLink has been helpful all the way through, said Dr. Richard Hellman, clinical endocrinologist at Hellman & Rosen Endocrine Associates, a practice in Kansas City, Missouri.
Debi Willis, a software engineer and owner of PatientLink Enterprises Inc., has a passion to solve health care problems with technology. She believes that building a better communication platform to electronically connect patients with clinicians and research is the missing key to bring us into a new era of health care and wellness.
Interview with Debi Willis, PatientLink on Empowered Patient Radio with Karen Jagoda
January 28th, 2015
iHT2 Interview with Debi Willis, Founder/CEO of PatientLink Enterprises
January 9, 2015
Institute: What are some of your top initiatives for 2015?
Willis: We will continue to create and improve our patient engagement applications, focusing on building tools which allow patients to easily gather their information from all their providers and interact with their providers and researchers in a seamless way. We have a very exciting year ahead of us and feel our tools will change the way patients view and participate in healthcare.
Institute: What are 2-3 of the top challenges in engaging patients?
Willis: We have come from a history of decades where a single provider was completely in charge of all aspects of a patient’s care. Medicine has changed in the last decade and most patients have numerous providers spread over multiple healthcare organizations. Patients need to take a more active role in coordinating their own care (or the care of a loved one). We have not completely crossed over to the point where patients understand they have the right to receive their health information and don’t really know how to become “engaged”. To truly become engaged, patients need their health information, the tools to consolidate them, educational material to understand their condition and options, and the understanding that they are not only legally empowered to participate in their care…but providers are seeking and needing their input.
Depression Screening Interfaced With an Electronic Health Record:
A Feasibility Study in a Primary Care Clinic Using Optical Mark Reader Technology
This article presents the study and findings of using PatientLink for depression screening. In conclusion, they found they were able to accomplish screening of nearly 90% of eligible adults in an academic family practice clinic;
the screening strategy was acceptable to patients, physicians, and staff; and the use of PatientLink for the screenings did not involve or require additional staff.
Read more to get the full story.
Catholic Health Initiatives
finds PatientLink to be three times faster than manual data entry
October 16, 2013
In February 2013, Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (AEHR) implementations and go-lives were paused to improve the system and its efficiencies. The team worked on a variety of issues with the goal of improving performance. During the pause, PatientLink, an abstraction software/hardware system, was piloted at Family Physician Associates in Shelbyville, Ky.
Abstraction is the process of inputting patient data from a paper file into an electronic file. After a two-month PatientLink pilot and 2,200 abstracted records, the project team identified a potential for significant savings in abstraction costs. OneCare leadership reviewed the pilot results and decided to implement PatientLink in clinics system wide, beginning in the Louisville market.
PatientLink speeds up the abstraction process and creates more usable patient data than the manual abstraction process. This saves time and money. The pilot at Family Physician Associates showed that manual abstraction takes 20 minutes to complete for every five patients worth of data. Using the PatientLink system, the average abstraction time for every five patients dropped to seven minutes.
The 13 minutes of time saved with PatientLink is significant when projected across a large number of patients. For every 100 patients, this means it will take 2.33 hours to complete the abstraction process using PatientLink, compared to 6.67 hours using the normal abstraction method.
Improving go-live processes supports OneCare's mission to transform health care and advance patient care by creating a universal, shared, electronic health record for each CHI patient.
PatientLink® named on 2013's Inc. 5000 list
August 26th, 2013
PatientLink® is happy to announce that we have made the Inc 5000 list of the fastest growing privately owned companies in America. We were also listed us as #19 in the top 100 Oklahoma companies.
PatientLink® software eases data entry burden for nurses, clinical staff
July 25th, 2013
As doctor's offices transition to electronic health records, more patient data can be accessed faster. But manually entering that information into a computer can make the work performed by nurses and clinic staff members seem more like that of a data entry clerk.
So when Integris' Dr. Tanya Livingston saw a new product at a trade show in Nashville, Tenn., she said she literally stopped in her tracks. Oklahoma City-based PatientLink® has developed software that takes scanned data from a patient form and automatically enters it into the computer.
Innovation streamlines process for digitizing medical records
June 18th, 2013
With health care reform, and greater federal reporting requirements, the paper-to-digital challenge is even more onerous, Willis said.
But with PatientLink, it takes less than 10 seconds to import data, completely and accurately, into an EMR, she said, while patients can swiftly answer the questions independently in doctors' waiting rooms.
Some PatientLink customers choose to gather information via iPads or offer surveys online, but paper forms — which don't break or become outmoded and require no secured logins or assistance — prove the most effective, she said.
OKC company streamlines process of digitizing medical records
June 18th, 2013
Oklahoma City-based PatientLink® says it has a way to save thousands of health care providers hours of uploading patient data into electronic systems.
The Oklahoman reports Debi Willis, founder of PatientLink®, developed a patented software that, combined with a scanner, can pull data from a two-sided customizable patient questionnaire. The software will connect to some of the industry's most widely used electronic medical records systems, placing patient-submitted data into the appropriate fields.