MedAptus(R), market leader for charge capture technologies, today announced the extension of its Professional Intelligent Charge Capture software suite – Practice Plus Edition, Inpatient Edition and Enterprise Edition – to BlackBerry(R) smartphone devices. MedAptus support for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry platform gives healthcare customers even greater choice and flexibility when selecting appropriate hardware for coding at the point-of-care.
Every day, thousands of savvy clinicians utilize MedAptus’ charge capture automation for the timely and accurate submission of professional charges. MedAptus customers include single-specialty groups, larger multi-specialty practices and academic medical centers. In any setting, the tool has been well-documented to drive rapid financial benefit and enthusiastic user adoption.
In addition to BlackBerry smartphones, the MedAptus system is currently available on Windows Mobile devices, web-enabled workstations and tablet computers; a version for the Apple(R) iPhone is in development for release in 2010. Regardless of hardware choice, routine customer benefits of MedAptus’ solution include revenue improvement, compliance gains and streamlined billing processes.
According to a recent report by Manhattan Research entitled “Physicians in 2012: The Outlook for On Demand, Mobile, and Social Digital Media,” physician smartphone utilization rates are currently at 61 percent, and will reach over 80 percent in just under three years. The report additionally estimates that over half of current physician smartphone users have BlackBerry devices for activities that range from patient monitoring to administrative tasks such as charge capture.
“MedAptus was founded on the belief that busy providers need appropriate tools to help enhance personal and operational efficiency. The evolution of hardware since our first system deployments has been radical – where we once encountered occasional resistance to the notion of a provider adopting mobile computing, nowadays the ‘device’ has become as commonplace as the stethoscope. Extending our suite to the BlackBerry platform was an easy decision given the significant proliferation of the brand across healthcare,” said James Scott, vice president of engineering at MedAptus.
Professional Intelligent Charge Capture for the BlackBerry is part of MedAptus’ ninth major release, currently being deployed at customer sites. This latest version also includes a number of enhancements designed to further simplify the end-user experience. These include an updated web interface aimed at more efficient charge entry and review and improved code shortcut functionality in the form of “service sets” that yield compliance and revenue integrity. There are also a number of changes capable of driving organizational benefits, such as CCOW for leveraging EMR investments and greater flexibility in the creation of custom rules for adherence to localized payer requirements.