ClearPractice, a provider of innovative software solutions for physicians and medical groups, reported today the rapid adoption of Nimble, the company’s comprehensive EMR application designed and developed specifically for the iPad. Since Nimble was launched in September 2010, the company has experienced substantial growth fueled by the wave of adoption of the iPad by medical groups and physicians of all types, including primary care, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, obstetricians and gynecologists, orthopedists and psychiatrists. This growth has been reflected in a recent report from a leading analyst firm predicting that the iPad will continue to dominate the tablet market through 2015.
“This report confirms what we have been hearing from our customers since we launched Nimble: iPad is clearly the tablet of choice in healthcare,” said Joel Andersen, President of ClearPractice. “Nimble taps into the flexibility, mobility, and ease of use of iPad like no other app on the market. It is exciting to witness firsthand the positive impact the product has had on the daily lives of our physician customers.”
While several industries have been quick to adopt the iPad since it was unveiled in January 2010, few have seen an immediate impact like the healthcare industry. A poll of over 5,000 doctors conducted by the Physicians Consulting Network recently revealed that 27% of primary care and specialty physicians own an iPad or similar device, a rate that is five times higher than the general population. The device’s ease of use and intuitive nature, size, portability, long-lasting battery power and low cost of adoption make it the tablet of choice among physicians, helping to improve the delivery of patient care.
“The runaway success of a tablet device in healthcare has been a long time coming,” said Brian Dolan, Editor, MobiHealthNews.com. “The iPad isn’t the first contender, but it’s clear to anyone tracking physicians’ adoption of mobile technology that the iPad is their device of choice. With thousands of iOS medical apps available for the platform and an impressive number of features, it is very unlikely that other device makers will catch up any time soon.”
In addition to offering a fully functional electronic medical records solution on the iPad, ClearPractice offers one of the industry’s first SaaS-based integrated practice management and electronic medical record solutions, helping physicians break new ground in office efficiency as they remove technical barriers that once stood in the way, rather than enhanced, patient care. The company also offers a Rapid Adoption and Deployment (RAD) model that is reshaping the EMR learning and implementation process to help physicians achieve Meaningful Use faster.
“I’ve spent most of my career using paper charts, but when I opened my own practice two years ago, I went digital and began using a laptop,” said Dr. Lianna Lawson, DO, of Lawson Family Medicine and Aesthetics in Daleville, VA. “It worked, but it never felt natural. With Nimble on the iPad, my workflow isn’t impeded, but more importantly, I can sit with the device in front of my patients and review their files with them. It’s much more interactive and has made a big difference in the way I practice medicine.”
“Nimble has been a great tool for me while on the road and even just at home,” said Dr. Kenneth Luckay of Luckay Doc, LLC in Troutville, VA. “One of the biggest challenges physicians face is time. With Nimble, I have 24/7 access and visibility into my practice, which means that I’m not tied to my computer in the office and can do things like fill prescriptions from home.”