4medica, provider of the industry’s leading cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) Integrated Electronic Health Record solution, today announced launching the first version of its 4medica Mobile app for smartphones and tablets to give physicians 24/7 access to up-to-date clinical data whenever and wherever needed. Whether on rounds, at home or working remote, doctors can view critical laboratory, pathology and radiology results, demographics, notes, patient lists and trending data from multiple sources and render informed decisions via smartphones and tablets.
4medica Mobile is part of the company’s product development strategy to extend the reach of its integrated inpatient and ambulatory EHR solutions into the mobile healthcare market.
“As a practicing physician, I’ve experienced firsthand the frustration and inefficiencies that result whenever data are confined within the walls of a hospital or practice, is inaccurate or difficult to access,” said Oleg Bess, M.D., 4medica’s CEO. “We’re excited to embrace mobility by empowering doctors with a reliable and secure mobile application that downloads critical tests and more in real time to support expedient delivery of evidence-based care.”
4medica Mobile for smartphones and tablets aggregates data via its cloud platform linking multiple sources including commercial and hospital reference laboratories, EHRs, ancillary systems and radiology clinics to produce a more dynamic, interactive and useful application. This vast connectivity can support a hospital’s clinical data integration strategy to fulfill meaningful use gaps or accountable care organization (ACO) requirements to qualify for federal funding and shared savings, while engaging healthcare professionals more fully in healthcare.
Moreover, approximately 7 to 10 billion laboratory tests are performed annually, driving more than 70 percent of medical diagnoses and treatment regiments, according to the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Given the volume and the essential role tests play in patient diagnosis and treatment, it is not surprising that researchers have found lab results constitute nearly 70 percent of the data stored in an EMR.
“Physicians are limited in identifying patients at risk, detecting disease early, developing safe and effective treatment, and tracking a patient’s progress without 100 percent anytime, anywhere access to an individual’s longitudinal health record,” noted Dr. Bess. “By accelerating access to critical data, our new mobile app significantly augments their performance, timely communication with patients and care coordination with other involved providers.”
For example, a physician can use 4medica Mobile to notify a patient of an abnormal test result in searching for and dialing that person’s phone number, or find out if a test was previously performed. In essence, a handheld results reporting tool contributes to higher quality care while supporting a more efficiently run medical operation through reductions in duplicate tests and costs associated with traditional results distribution methods, e.g., fax, mailing, print and courier.
“As a long-time Android user, accessing 4medica’s actionable information at all times enhances and expedites the care of my patients,” said Boris Ratiner, M.D., Director of Rheumatology, Therapeutics Medical Center in Tarzana, Calif. “Mobile access further improves my workflow and cuts down on phone tag. Whether I am consulting with patients on abnormal results at the bedside or forwarding them annotated results, or even sharing the data with colleagues, I can be more productive and efficient than ever before.”