The pMD Blog

Welcome to the
pMD Blog...

where we cover interesting and relevant news, insights, events, and more related to the health care industry and pMD. Most importantly, this blog is a fun, engaging way to learn about developments in an ever-changing field that is heavily influenced by technology.

Weekly Byte: pMD's First Open-Source Software Project
We recently released a feature for our web application that allows our users to upload files and attach them to patient records within the pMD system. When we started the design process for this new functionality, we knew that we wanted to build a user experience that felt modern and sleek. We’ve all used old, slow, form-based file upload utilities in the past, and we didn’t want pMD to replicate this experience.

We began searching for existing tools that would allow us to provide the desired experience to our users. We wanted pMD to feel almost like an extension of their desktop. What we found was pretty disappointing: there were a few options available that gave us parts of what we needed, but nothing that would function well for the wide variety and age of browsers that our users utilize. For example, one tool we really liked worked well in Chrome and Firefox, but didn’t function at all in older versions of Internet Explorer. After an exhaustive search, we decided that we needed to write an all-new upload tool from scratch.

After several days of development and testing, we were able to come up with something that we are really excited about. It supports all modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10), but also functions well in older versions of Internet Explorer, which many of our customers use. The utility we created detects the browser version and offers as much functionality as that particular environment can support, and then degrades gracefully in cases where certain components (e.g. file upload progress updates) aren’t available.

After we released the new upload feature to our customers, we realized that the software tool we had created to support it could be useful to others. So, we decided to share it with the rest of the software development world as open-source software. Doing this has two benefits: it allows others to reap the benefits of the hard work we put into the software, and it also enables us to solicit suggestions and feedback on the utility we’ve created. In the end, we hope that both the software development community, as well as end users will really benefit from this effort.

For the developers out there, we encourage you to fork our repository on GitHub, try it out, and submit any improvements that you come up with. We can’t wait to hear your feedback and see your creative uses of pmdAjaxUploader.
ACA Account Management ACI Advancing Care Information AHCA AHRQ AI Alternative Payment Model Android API Apple Artificial Intelligence Audit BCRA Best Place to Work Big Data BPCI BPTW Bundled Payments Care Communities care coordination Care Navigation CDC Charge Capture Charge Capture App Charge Capture Software Charge Capture Solution Charge Capture Statistics Charge Lag CHIP CIO Clinical Communication Clinical Data Registry Clinically integrated network CMS Company Culture Conferences Connected Health Record culture custom reports Customer Interaction Customers cybersecurity Developer DHHS EHR Electronic Charge Capture Encryption epidemic FDA FHIR Flu fundamentals Goals Health Care Health Care Technology Health Care Web Health Information Exchange Health Record Healthcare HIE HIPAA HIPAA-Compliant Hospital Census Hospital Communication IA ICD-10 ICD-11 Improvement Activities interoperability iOS iOS 8 iOS7 iPad iPhone iPhone 6 Lead Generation MACRA Medical Billing Medical Software Medicare Mentorship Messaging Messaging with Patients MGMA MIPS MIPS Registry mobile Mobile App Mobile Charge Capture Mobile EHR Mobile Health Mobile Messaging Mobile security Mobile Technology Modern Healthcare Native App news NIH OCM Oncology Care Model Patient Patient App Patient Care Patient Generated Health Data Patient Handoff Software Patient Information Patient Visits Patient-Centric pmd pMD Team population health Population Health Management PQRS Product Development Productivity QCDR Quality Scoring Recruiting Recruitment Reimbursement Remote Work reports Residents Responsibility Sales Secure Data Secure Messaging Secure Messaging Video Secure Text Messaging Security Audit SF Biz Times SOC 2 success support TCM Teamwork technology telehealth Text Messaging texting Travel Upgrades VA Value-based care Wearable Device Web App Work From Home