Release Notes

A routinely-updated list of features, enhancements, and fixes we have made to escribeHOST.

Module Engine V5

Our team is always hard at work making escribeHOST better. We use this page to announce the release of these improvements to the public. We love feedback from our users — it helps us decide where to focus our efforts. If you have any issues or suggestions, please contact support.

escribeHOST 6.15

Released Saturday, March 4th, 2017
  • Allow downloading advanced chart search results as a CSV file
  • Fix bug relating to EPCS that made it seem as if prescriptions were taking longer to be sent
  • Remove 2nd and 3rd fax number options from providers, and remove fax-enabled checkboxes
  • Add new HL7 Athena external provider mappings

escribeHOST 6.14

Released Friday, February 10th, 2017
Indexing Jobs (Quick Update Guide) Feb 2017
Indexing Module (Full Documentation) Feb 2017


  • Add indexing jobs popup with pending/failure/success statuses for ALL jobs
  • Add status icons to indexing job pages
  • Allow (and require) manual toggling of completed/unindexed to move batch scans into and out of the unindexed queue


  • When editing users that are linked to providers, apply the edits also to the provider.
  • When editing providers that are linked to users, apply the edits also to the user.
  • Add 'date modified' to provider active/inactive toggle


  • Bugfix: allow user to print blank med list
  • Clarify the error when attempting to delete a patient with a PHR user
  • Align document types more accurately in escribe-scan-upload
  • New 'Prior Auth' task types: Exercise Stress Test, PVR, Carotid Ultrasound

escribeHOST 6.13

Released Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Edit Location Codes 2017
  • Change default Document Type mapping in scan-upload for CCA
  • Standardize middle name length to 35 characters (providers, users, patients)
  • Add Location Codes to Locations section of Admin (with temporary values, can be edited by Account Admin users)
  • Add Rx refills and quantity to the printed Meds List
  • Allow more top-level domains in email (particularly for certain public school districts)
  • Collapse Task Search filters if there is at least one task found

escribeHOST 6.12

Released Thursday, December 1st, 2016


  • Add location to PHR message task
  • Fix patient chart tasks link from PHR message task
  • Small PHR UI cleanup
  • If user has just edited patient demographics, use the latest name when creating a PHR user
  • Update the UI to better reflect admin privileges for Manage PHR User


  • Use the same validation for middle name in user library and provider libraries
  • Fix searching for and displaying providers with apostrophes in their name
  • When linking provider to a user, require that the names match exactly in both libraries


  • Update the calendar widget in the Change Password popup
  • Remove Send Corrections button from documents
  • Standardize UI for deleting things
  • Deliver Xarleto/Eliquis report to CCA
  • 340b CaptureRx prescription reporting for SVMC

escribeHOST 6.11

Released Monday, November 14th, 2016


  • Users now MUST change their password upon logging in with a temporary password (following a reset-password email).


  • Standardize display of inactive med concerns and problems
  • Remove a rare, annoying but harmless 'error' popup
  • Update formulary information
  • Fix rare bug concerning publishing med concerns in office note that would prevent publishing



Users can no longer delay entering the email for the patient (or representative) when sending a document to the PHR.
A PHR user (the patient or representative) must exist at the time the document is sent.
This is because we are now notifying by email when a document is sent to the PHR Portal.
As before, the user will be prompted to enter the patient's email to allow the patient to access the PHR;
HOWEVER, unlike before, this cannot be delayed.

ALSO, the user sending the document must have both PHR permissions:
  "Access PHR Chart Section" and
"Manage PHR Users"
Please take this change into consideration when assigning these two new permissions to your employees.

Patients with passphrases for the old PHR have been given usernames, and temporary passwords mailed.
Documents in the old PHR will be migrated to the new PHR, as soon as possible

PHR Login

  • Replace existing patient portal with new, more secure, PHR with more features
  • Replace 'passphrase' authentication with the same username/password security EHR users have
  • Allow multiple login accounts for a single patient (patient + patient representatives)
  • In addition to needing to set a new password upon login, PHR users must also enter the DOB of the patient

PHR Documents

  • Store PHR documents in secure Amazon S3 Cloud Storage, instead of locally on our servers
  • Add optional document result-status when sending documents to PHR, and display them to the patient in the PHR document list

PHR Admin

  • Add preview of PHR for users with 'Access PHR Chart Section' permission (user sees what the patient/patient-rep will see)
  • Add PHR Admin section to view all PHR users, and to reset the password of EVERY PHR USER AT ONCE
  • Allow users with 'Manage PHR Users' to add/edit/enable/disable PHR users, and reset their passwords via email
  • Pre-fill fields for PHR user creation using the patient's information
  • Automatically start the process of adding a user when attempting to send a document or message to the PHR

PHR Messages

  • Allow normal EHR users to send messages to patients, which appear in the PHR message inbox
  • Allow patient PHR users to send messages to their provider, which appear in the Task Inbox for that provider

escribeHOST 6.10

Released Thursday, October 13th, 2016


  • Implement Patient File and Prescriber File for CaptureRx 340b

User Administration

  • Replace lock icon with "Reset password" button with icon on the User Permissions page
  • Added user's email address below the user's name on the User Permissions page


  • Standardized display of all names in the app (e.g.: never have comma before provider credentials. previously, sometimes there was, sometimes there wasnt)

escribeHOST 6.9.1

Released Monday, September 26th, 2016
  • BUGFIX: Allow patient access to PHR (broken in 6.9)

escribeHOST 6.9

Released Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

User Administration

  • Allow admins to edit details of a user
  • When resetting passwords, automatically email random passwords to the user, instead of creating new passwords manually
User MUST have an email address saved to have their password reset. Please see the attached training materials for instructions on all the changes for Add User, Edit User, and Reset Password with this release.
Add User September 2016
Edit User / Reset Password September 2016


  • PCP field in Demographics is now sorting correctly.
  • Fixed display of the Change provider name popup on the Unsigned Reports queue.

Error Handling

  • Server-side error message have an English prefix now identifying the error.

escribeHOST 6.8

Released Thursday, September 1st, 2016


  • Mobile display of published notes improved (fonts adjusted for easier viewing, etc)
  • Improve scrollbars display for Mac OSX in Chrome and Safari (no change in Firefox)


  • Add new task types: appointment clarification, pharmacist consult

Patient Charts

  • Add short names for chart sections (e.g.: "Medication Concerns" => "Allergies")
  • Improve vitals chart section (sort order, bmi display, comments display, error on saving)
  • Sign-and-notify message improvement
  • Fix hiding of certain fields in patient demographics while editing other fields
  • Sort provider names in orders section

Error Handling

  • Handle invalid URLs, connectivity errors, and server errors more gracefully
  • Show a warning on really long task comments instead of throwing an ugly error
  • Remove warning message when resizing the screen under certain circumstances
  • Handle duplicate MRN warning more gracefully
  • Clarify permission errors for research studies, labs, and emergency access

Advanced Chart Search

  • Rename Advanced Chart Search problems search to 'Problems (Office Note)'
  • Add Advanced Chart Search field 'Problems (Chart Section)' to search the not-yet-released problems module

Unsigned Reports

  • Clear provider when 'done signing' in unsigned reports
  • Implemented a progress message that displays while the user waits for the Unsigned Documents list to display.


  • Fix saving provider 'country' in provider admin
  • System Notifications admin ui improvements

escribeHOST 6.7.1

Released Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
  • fix bug where non-admin users could not create providers
  • improve user permissions for admin module

escribeHOST 6.7

Released Thursday, August 11th, 2016

System Notifications

  • Allow administrators to send real-time notification alerts to logged-in users
  • Allow escribeHOST to alert logged-in users of impending maintenance and releases


  • Improve PDF conversion performance

escribeHOST 6.6

Released Thursday, July 21st, 2016
  • Allow clearing selection dropdowns with an [X] button
  • Detect auto-logout in a more robust fashion, to prevent unnecessary forced logoffs
  • Standardize the display of provider name across the application (LastName, FirstName Credentials)

Problems ICD-10 to SNOMED-CT Mapping

Quick Reference Problem Mapping July 2016
  • Required for Meaningful Use! Users are encouraged to begin mapping
  • Allow admins to map ICD-10 codes to comparable SNOMED-CT codes


  • Display tenths of an inch and tenths of a pound for height/weight/waist fields
  • Allow deleting vitals
  • Clarify BMI and BMI percentile fields as read-only, calculated values

escribeHOST 6.5

Released Wednesday, June 29th, 2016


  • Allow user to toggle between mobile ESH and desktop ESH on the login screen
  • Full-screen display of documents (top-right corner now has [X] button to close document)
  • Optimize document display for both "portrait" and "landscape" orientations
  • Optimize header spacing to fit more on screen
  • Optimize Med List for mobile


Quick Reference Vitals June 2016
  • Add preview of new Vitals chart section


  • Allow administrators to remove provider-user linkings (in case of error)
  • Improve warnings on provider-user linking

escribeHOST 6.4.2

Released Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
  • Prevent inactive users from logging in

escribeHOST 6.4.1

Released Thursday, June 16th, 2016
  • Fix a bug where even briefly losing internet connection would result in user logout.

escribeHOST 6.4

Released Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Quick Reference Add User June 2016
Quick Reference Link Provider to User June 2016
Quick Reference Orders June 2016

Admin Add User

  • Allow account administrators to create new users in the Users Admin UI
  • Allow linking a user to an account provider


  • Improve display of document name in the document list
  • Improve resolution in "New" PDF document viewer
  • Persist user choice of "Old" or "New" PDF document viewer using cookies

Demographics and Chart Header

  • Group the list of Preferred Languages
  • Display date deceased and date transferred in chart header


  • Allow users to type immediately in the Add Note popup
  • Update Order status in the list immediately upon save

Reports generated

  • Nuclear Stress/BMI Report for CCA
  • CT Summary Report for CCA
  • Active Patients on Digoxin / Lanoxin for CCA.
  • Medication Concerns Report for Coumadin/warfarin/Eliquis/etc. for CCA
  • Unresolved Tasks Count by Recipient for AVG

Admin Locations

  • Added a column for Orders to the Locations Settings section of Admin (same initial settings as documents)


  • Update left-side chart section selector when canceling demographics edit
  • Clear chart proactively when navigating away from the patient
  • Do not display default values in test field in Add Order popup
  • Add framework for ESH mobile platform

escribeHOST 6.3

Released Wednesday, May 18th, 2016


  • ICD-10 and all other searchable fields in notes display up to 30 matches (increased from 10)
  • Add Transferred Date to the Status box in Demographics.
  • Add recipients to 'Weekly MU Note Report' and 'Daily Documents In-Progress Report'
  • Increase width of patient chart sections to fill the screen and not cut off the right side on certain monitors
  • Show a dash temporarily for patient name when loading a different patient, instead of question marks

New features

  • Allow deleting lab/radiology orders
  • Display office location in lab/radiology orders
  • Add keyboard up/down navigation to lab/radiology orders
  • Organize preferred language choices into 4 sections:
    (1)'English' and 'Spanish', (2)'Declined' and 'Other', (3)common languages, (4)everything else
  • Prompt user when closing browser tab while entering data in popup
  • Prompt user when navigating away using browser back button while entering data

Bug fixes, misc

  • Display provider name in a consistent format (Last, First Credentials)
  • Update patient chart header info when saving changes to demographics, and persist those changes when navigating within the chart
  • Clarify error message on the Account Provider popup if the Zip Code is invalid
  • Temporarily remove Meaningful Use Report tool from Admin UI
  • Initial preparation for faster export chart and batch indexing

escribeHOST 6.2.2

Released Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
  • Fix severe patient chart header mismatch error
  • Fix freezing in patient charts (non-responsive ui due to glasspanel)

escribeHOST 6.2.1

Released Thursday, May 5th, 2016
  • Fix sending incorrect customer-support error email when patient simply has no scheduled visit
  • Fix bug where logging out would continue to attempt to unlock open office visits repeatedly

escribeHOST 6.2

Released Thursday, April 28th, 2016
  • Added Laboratory and Radiology/Imaging Orders chart section
  • Include all charts accessed in recent charts tool
  • Improve browser navigation prompts to prevent lost work
  • Patient chart navigation and browser history/url improvements
  • Updated choices for patient's preferred language

escribeHOST 6.1.1

Released Thursday, April 21st, 2016
  • Enhance diagnostic logging of EPCS controlled substance prescribing
  • Enhance diagnostic logging of document indexing
  • Expanded and fixed bugs in language list

escribeHOST 6.1

Released Thursday, April 7th, 2016
  • Increase the usable height of patient charts, particularly documents
  • Increase the width of fields in some popups (e.g.: Import Document popup)
  • Fix document tab display in Internet Explorer
  • Clarify messages on automatic logout
  • Fix display of really long addresses in Medical Provider Admin views
  • Improve layout of search fields in Audit Log
  • Update Date of Service in document tab when changing DOS in existing documents
  • Include all providers, instead of account-only, in PCP when creating a new chart
  • Include all providers, instead of account-only, in the Import Document popup.
  • Fix bug where more than one pharmacy can appear to be selected
  • Include regular provider for patient in New Task popup
  • Clarify message for unsupported browsers
  • Update display of patient tasks when editing date of birth
  • Add age in months for patients under 1 year of age
  • Do not add empty entry in the Audit Log for race when race has not changed
  • Fix MRN display issue
  • Fix migration issue involving typo in race for 'Black or African American'

escribeHOST 6.0.1

Released Friday, April 1st, 2016
  • Fix patient chart export

escribeHOST 6.0

Released Friday, March 25th, 2016
v6.0 overview video
How to activate a provider in EPCS
How to send controlled substance rx


  • New Login page with new color scheme and a cleaner look
  • Logout page replaced by a fresh Login page to eliminate a click
  • New "Activity Timeout" page

Landing Page

  • Esthetic and element placement changes on the Landing Page (all functions preserved)
  • New color on Banner Bar: Patient Lookup moved left, username moved right, new logout tool
  • New color on Module Bar: All tools display but disabled if user does not have permission

Patient Charts

  • Renamed "Patient Charts" module button to "Charts"
  • Disable "Charts" module tool if no chart is open yet
  • Patient search displays more matches (24 instead of previous 10)
  • New color on Patient Chart Header Bar
  • Patient name changed to "First Middle Last" on Patient Chart Header Bar
  • Patient Chart Header Bar element placement changes (all functions preserved)
  • Patient Chart vertical tool bar is icon-only, with description on mouse-over
  • Problems and Growth Charts sections removed from patient charts


  • Middle Initial changed to Middle Name
  • Patient race is multi-select instead of allowing only one choice per patient
  • Added "U" for patient sex unknown
  • New fields in Demographics: Mother's Maiden Name, Mother's First Name, Payer
  • New Patient Chart popup reflects changes in Demographics (Sex, Race)


  • Tab links to open documents moved to top of open chart

Medications and Med Concerns

  • Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) implemented
  • Meds: "Mark No Changes" button is now "Mark Reconciled" button
  • Med Concerns: Added a "Last Modified" date field to the landing page
  • Med Concerns: Changed the "Mark No Changes" button to "Mark Reconciled"
  • New look for the Contraindications Alerts page (same functionality)


  • Provider admin split into "Account Provider Library" and "Outside Provider Library"
  • Account Provider Library allows management of EPCS permissions for Prescribers
  • Audit Log allows user to filter by Login and Logout actions

Browser Navigation

  • Implemented use of Back/Forward buttons in the browser to move between pages
  • Implemented use of bookmark-able URLs for many pages within escribeHOST

escribeHOST 5.29

Released Monday, February 15th, 2016
  • Drug Library Update
  • New task types under "Reading Worklist" area
  • Fix duplicate encounter PHR storage issue
  • Enhance logging of nightly publishing
  • Fix display issue in advanced search

escribeHOST 5.28

Released Friday, November 20th, 2015
  • Add message to resolved ask notes indicating that recipients will not be notified
  • Add editable per-user note to permission management administration screen
  • Fix bug preventing new providers from obtaining SPI

escribeHOST 5.27

Released Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
  • Fix automatic setting of date of service in some scanned reports
  • New Task types: "Admission Request", "External Report Imaging Request", "Billing Administrative", "Scheduling Request", "Surgery Procedure Inquiry", "Hospital Admission Notification", "Nuclear Medicine", "Physician Feedback"

escribeHOST 5.26

Released Friday, September 25th, 2015
  • eScribe Migration to Amazon Web Services

escribeHOST 5.25

Released Thursday, May 14th, 2015
  • Add document indexing auditing capabilities
  • New Task types: "Hospital Procedures Order", "Transitional Care Management", "Disability Form Request"
  • Document PDF upload changes in preparation for future release of "Date Scanned" field

escribeHOST 5.24.1

Released Sunday, January 11th, 2015
  • Fix scheduling batch office note PDF download

escribeHOST 5.24

Released Monday, December 8th, 2014
  • Add task types: "Appointment No Show", "Venous Doppler Ultrasound", "Annual Physical"
  • Add scheduling batch office note PDF download

escribeHOST 5.23

Released Monday, September 22nd, 2014
  • Fix spell check field swap error in entry form
  • Add unmatched HL7 reports to the batch indexing queue
  • Add special document type for external HL7 interfaces
  • Fix 'unknown' date parsing in HL7 messages

escribeHOST 5.22

Released Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
  • Fix an error with invalid connections in tasks, when adding self and resolving.
  • Fix failure in create clinical summary for certain patients.

escribeHOST 5.21

Released Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
  • Improve external HL7 interfaces

escribeHOST 5.20

Released Thursday, March 20th, 2014
  • Add option to 'Export' menu to send a 'Notify' task for a specific document
  • Improve error message for Surescripts/RxHub eligibility failures

escribeHOST 5.19

Released Thursday, January 30th, 2014
  • Removed the J/K hotkeys from being used to navigate Page Up/Page Down
  • Drug library update for February 2014
  • Add optional fax cover page and custom cover page message

escribeHOST 5.18.1

Released Monday, January 13th, 2014
  • Fixed an issue with the document indexing document list being incorrect

escribeHOST 5.18

Released Thursday, January 9th, 2014
  • Drug library update for January 2014
  • Added in the ability to view the currently pending indexing jobs
  • Reworked signed URL generation
  • Certain documents received through HL7 will now have better document names
  • Added in support for specifying Date Scanned in the batch indexing module
    See Date Scanned Release for a walkthrough of the changes.
  • Improved the loading time of batch indexing
  • Improved support for PDFs in the new viewer
  • Added a new Workers Comp Progress task type
  • When a user archives an unresolved task that user will be removed as a recipient, archiving resolved tasks works the same way as it previously did
    See Archive Tasks Delete Self for a walkthrough of the changes.
  • Indexing now properly refreshes the signed URLs