Epocrates, Inc. today announced the first phase of availability for the Epocrates® EHR mobile and web-based electronic health record. In this phase, the company is introducing the core functionalities that meet the distinct needs of primary care practices with 10 or fewer physicians, which include an intuitive user interface, affordable cost structure, and comprehensive support and service program.
“Based on our decade-long legacy of developing point-of-care solutions, we are in an ideal position to systematically build and introduce a solution geared towards the needs of solo and small group practices,” said Rose Crane, president and chief executive officer of Epocrates. “We have incorporated physician feedback throughout the development process to ensure every design element fits easily into the physicians’ workflow and contributes to better patient outcomes. We can envision a future where our EHR solution is the nucleus of physician and patient communication and education.”
Optimized for easy integration into small practice settings, Epocrates EHR is a secure, web-based SaaS system featuring core capabilities, including patient encounter notes, electronic lab integration, ePrescribing, and Epocrates’ market-leading drug content. To accommodate the mobile and on-call demands of physicians, Epocrates will also offer a license to a native Apple(R) iPhone(R) app that supports remote patient record look-up and schedule access, as well as ePrescribing capabilities. This web and mobile solution is available to the company’s clinician network for an early-adopter monthly subscription price through March 31, 2012. Additionally, the Quick Start and Epocrates EHR Adoption Advantage programs provide the comprehensive implementation and training support required for efficient and effective EHR adoption.
“Epocrates respects the needs of practitioners like me and designed a system that simply works with me,” said Dr. Charles Antonini, internist in Daly City, Calif. “With Epocrates’ services and support, I was able to start the transition of my practice immediately and am already spending more time with my patients and less on paperwork.”
Epocrates will continue to enhance its EHR offering based on user feedback and market demands. As the company works toward meaningful use certification, as defined by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, it plans to introduce more advanced capabilities to help ensure physician practices are eligible to achieve the maximum incentives. The company will regularly add features, such as a patient portal, to the EHR solution as part of its effort to align with all stages of meaningful use and further increase patient engagement. Epocrates is also planning to offer its EHR for additional devices, such as the Apple iPad® tablet and Google Android™ smartphones, to address the mobile trends among clinicians.
“We value our well-established, trusted position with the Epocrates physician network and believe we can drive the next wave of EHR adoption with a simple, easy-to-use solution that seamlessly integrates into the physician’s practice,” stated Crane. “As we take physicians down the path of EHR adoption, and then meaningful use certification, we ultimately see an opportunity to empower physician and patient connectivity in ways that have never been done before.”