While at HIMSS11 earlier this week I had the opportunity to see a significant number of product demonstrations. As you might imagine those demonstrations ran the gamut from banal to brilliant with most being eerily similar. In most cases it was difficult to get a sense of the technology in place without constantly interrupting the demo to ask questions. The one exception was the Medicomp Systems demonstration of Quippe™ (pronounced “quip”).
Quippe is a web-enabled EMR documentation tool that runs on all major browser platforms but where it really shines is when running on an iPad. The two person Medicomp demo team did a marvelous job of highlighting some of the key Quippe features in an entertaining 15-minute demonstration of the technology. But the fun part was after the demo when the docs seated in the theater style setting were able to actually use Quippe on an iPad.
It was fascinating to simply stand and watch as the iPads were pulled out from behind the seats and people began working on them. The user interface is extremely easy to understand and most began effectively using the product immediately.
I stood behind one man who had never used an iPad before and watched while he navigated through the patient documentation process. Having watched the demo he was already able to drag different templates into the working space, enter patient diagnostic data and insert and annotate a picture of a hand. Because this was an iPad he did it all by using his index finger.
His only hang up occurred when trying to enter data through the really cool handwriting recognition feature. He was trying to enter heart rate information and after using his finger to enter the number in a blank spot on the screen he needed to draw a backward letter “L” (the symbol on the return key on some keyboards) with bottom of the backward L trailing into the box where the heart rate information was to go. Once he got some help from one of the Medicomp team he was able to enter the data. Of course, you don’t have to use your finger to enter information – just clicking the data box will bring up the keyboard, but that’s not nearly as cool as trying it with your finger.
Having the MEDCIN® Engine incorporated into Quippe takes it from very cool, to a very cool and extremely useful clinical decision support and patient management tool. Tapping a symptom with your finger brings up additional diagnostic data that can be included or excluded depending on the number of taps. It certainly appears to be a great documentation tool that can be easily, and unobtrusively used while interacting with a patient at the point of care.
Comments from people who viewed the demo and actually used Quippe to do some charting were universally positive. There were a few terms I overheard multiple times including “amazing”, “intuitive” and “easy to use”. I spent some time speaking with one physician following the presentation and he was extremely pleased that technology this like was “finally” available.
It’s important to note that Quippe is not an EMR product but a clinical documentation and patient management application that could be embedded in, or accessed from, a host EMR system. There were other vendors at the show that were showing MEDICIN Engine integration but the Medicomp booth was the only place to see the recently introduced Quippe product in action. According to Medicomp their products are interoperable with most existing EMR systems.
Quippe is the hands down winner for me as the coolest medical technology demonstrated at HIMSS.