Today’s EHR and HIT news includes updates from ADP Advanced MD on their new iPhone App and news from Greenway on becoming the first Ambulatory Health IT provider to join Healtheway and support eHealth Exchange. [Read more…]
Glooko, is launching the first-ever way for users to check their blood glucose averages on a smartphone. The new version of their app will allow users to view week-to-week comparisons of their blood glucose readings to understand macro-level changes in the effectiveness of their diabetes management and treatment plans.
With today’s launch of version 1.6 of the app, Glooko the only mobile solution that allows users to sync readings form multiple blood glucose meters and compute these averages with the single click of a button. The Glooko homepage will automatically display a user’s high, low and average blood glucose readings for the week. Additionally, the new version of the app allows users to view averages before a meal, after a meal or all readings, complementing the day-to-day blood glucose tracking capabilities that are already available..
“Daily readings fail to provide real actionable insights into how people with diabetes [Read more…]
MacPractice, the company that brings full featured practice management and EHR tools to Apple computers is announcing the launch of the MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20 Clipboard iPad Apps that will simplify patient registration and leverage the efficiency of Apple’s iPad to save time and reduce the risk of data entry errors.
“In response to many requests from doctors’ offices to use the iPad for patient registration, we are pleased to announce yet another innovative way that MacPractice can streamline patient registration and reduce the risk of data entry errors for our clients,” MacPractice CEO Mark Hollis said when making the announcement.
According to Hollis, the data entered by new patients who complete and sign registration forms in the Clipboard App on the iPad, will be automatically incorporated into the patient’s account in MacPractice MD, DDS, DC or 20/20 v. 4.1 on the desktop. In addition, insurance information is easily accessible and can be reviewed by the office staff. As a result, MacPractice Clipboard Apps streamline the registration process, save paper and staff time and reduce the risk of data-entry errors due to illegible handwriting.
Additional benefits sited by Hollis include the fact that patients may also complete and sign HIPAA consent and release forms which are then associated with the patient in MacPractice Attachments on the desktop. This could prove to be a big time saver since patients can simply use the Clipboard Apps on the iPad to confirm or change registration information and provide new reasons for their current visit.
The iPad Apps are free to download from Apple’s App Store and to use with MacPractice for MacPractice support subscribers. Hollis also explained that while Clipboard is only available today with supplied forms, MacPractice will offer customized forms for MacPractice users in the near future.
Networks hosting MacPractice can have a mix of Lion and Snow Leopard computers with MacPractice 4.1.3. This updated version of the software has been introduced to several hundred MacPractice clients over the past several months, and MacPractice is now offering the software to new users. Current users of earlier versions of MacPractice 4.1 will also receive an electronic alert over the coming weeks that MacPractice 4.1.3 is now available for download.
In addition to the added Lion compatibility, MacPractice 4.1.3 features payment plans and an ordering system, which have been added to the core products and will benefit all users. Many additional features have been added throughout MacPractice 4.1 as it has evolved to 4.1.3 including responses to suggestions from MacPractice’s 26,000 users representing 11,000 providers. [Read more…]
Redpine Healthcare Technologies Inc. announced the availability of its iPad compatible cloud-based Practice Management and Electronic Health Record system for chiropractors.
Redpine is taking chiropractic mobile with the release of its iPad compatible cloud based EHR and PM system for chiropractors. This release will give chiropractors an alternative to traditional notepads or clipboards.
According to a Manhattan Research study, 30 percent of U.S. physicians own an iPad and another 28 percent intend to purchase one before the end of the year. “This initiative became a priority based on feedback and requests directly from the Chiropractic community. As a result, we made the iPad initiative a priority and we’re very excited by the positive response,” said Shad Wheeler, president of Redpine Healthcare Technologies Inc. [Read more…]
I did another check of iPad EMR and EHR apps available for download in the iTunes App Store and found the total has grown to 64. While the number of apps has grown many of the them appear to have little to no activity.
When I last checked the number of iPad apps available from the iTunes App Store at the end of last year there were 26 apps available for download.
Most of the apps remain free but there are 13 that have prices ranging from $4.99 to $99.99. I checked the reviews of the paid apps as a way of trying to gauge overall activity. The largest number of reviews for any single paid app was only 34 and that was for a product that was one of the original EHR iPad apps in the store.
The App Store doesn’t release actual sales numbers but OSXDaily has come up with an “it’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing” formula for estimating sales by using the number of reviews. Their formula is: Number of Reviews x 30 x Price = Estimated App Sales Volume in $.
As an example one of the EHR products has a total of 16 reviews and sells for $44.99. Applying the OSXDaily formula gives a sales estimate of $21,592 (30 x 16 x $44.99) for the app. While that’s not enough revenue to build a business on most iPad apps are developed by companies that produce multiple products.
With any of these apps it’s buyer beware. The developers have websites, but many provide no obvious methods of product support. Some sites appear to have been quickly thrown together only to satisfy a requirement for a developer website, with no useful information available. If you’re going to try one of these apps check out the developer website first – try contacting them to see you can get a response. It’s not just the money spent on the app – there’s also the time involved in seeing whether or not it has any value. Investing an hour figuring out that your free or cheap app doesn’t work raises the cost to you significantly.
If there are any iPad app developers out there reading this I’d love to hear your thoughts on the OSXDaily formula.
Apple’s iPad continues to gain awareness in healthcare circles as more professionals are demanding the flexibility provided by the iPad when accessing their Electronic Medical Record systems. While there are a few EMR products that are written natively for the iPad most software companies are providing access to existing systems through an iPad interface.
- Web-based EMRs. These systems are used through a web browser, and can therefore be accessed using the iPad’s Safari browser. They are great for many reasons.
- Remote access EMRs. Most client/server, on-premise EMRs can be accessed from a remote system, including iPads, through utilities like Citrix. This isn’t ideal, but it works.
- Native iPad EMRs. These are probably what you want most – a slick app developed just for the iPad – but the options are very limited so far. You might have to wait.
Check out Houston’s excellent guide, which also includes links to product demos for many of the top EMR vendors providing iPad access including Allscripts Remote, eClinicalWorks iClickDoc, GE Centricity, Greenway Medical PrimeMobile, NextGen Mobile and Sage Intergy.
LogFrog DB is a diabetes tracking application for iOS with a user interface you’ve got to see to believe. This app has dramatically improved upon the standard iPhone app data entry process by creating ways of entering data that are not only faster, but are actually fun to use.
LogFrog DB was created by software designer Elon Danziger for his fiancée and co-founder Yelena Rubinshteyn, who has type 1 diabetes. Their goal in designing LogFrog DB was to make it something that was both fun and fast. I’ve used the product and can attest that they’ve accomplished both goals.
I had the opportunity to speak with Yelena last week to get the full story on LogFrog and their amazingly cool user interface.
Steve: Can you briefly describe the idea behind LogFrog DB for our readers?
Yelena: The problem with managing a chronic condition like diabetes is that it requires patients to put in a lot of work into daily, mundane activities like record-keeping. These records are necessary for health care providers to determine the best treatment plan, and for patients to be able to manage diabetes on a daily basis. But because record-keeping is such a chore, patients often give up keeping logs. We created LogFrog DB, a diabetes tracking application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, to alleviate this problem. The app has powerful, innovative features to help patients manage diabetes quickly with a unique and fun look-and-feel. It allows users to log the four most important factors for daily diabetes management – blood glucose values, medicine, carbs, and exercise – as well as keeping notes and storing A1c values. Data can be easily exported via e-mail in a variety of formats depending on patient and doctor preferences. A graphing tool is included to allow visualization of blood sugar trends over time. In addition, graphs can be filtered to help reveal patterns around particular times of day, specific meals, exercise, etc. Other features include averages, daily medication reminders, and glucose-check reminders.
Steve: Is there an ideal user for LogFrog DB? If so how would you describe that user?
Yelena: Any diabetic who finds it boring or struggles to find motivation to keep adequate records will appreciate LogFrog DB. It’s quick, animated, and visually appealing. We particularly wanted to stay away from making something that felt clinical. The friendly frog character and sense of whimsy make it engaging for kids as well.
Steve: What devices will LogFrog DB currently run on?
Yelena: LogFrog DB currently runs on iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. We are developing an iPad-optimized version, and are considering an Android version.
Steve: Question: LogFrog DB has a really unique and stylish user interface. What’s the story behind it?
Yelena: For many years I wasn’t managing my diabetes and my HbA1c test results, a measure of my blood glucose control over the previous months, were dangerously high. Because I never got into keeping paper logs, my doctors couldn’t determine an appropriate insulin regimen. Even once mobile apps became available, I just couldn’t get motivated. Last year, my fiancé Elon asked me if I wanted to create a diabetes app that would work for me, one that was more centered around motivation while avoiding the clinical feel. By fall we had come up the basic design concepts and he had coded an app I was using every day. Tracking and logging became part of my everyday routine. We polished the app and submitted it to Apple’s App Store, where it was released in November. The app worked for me – it keeps me motivated and I was able to get my diabetes under control. We also continue to hear positive feedback from our users, who often give us original suggestions for additional features, so we know the app has been helpful to others, and people see great potential in it.
Steve: What are the different components of the LogFrog DB app?
Yelena: The main component of LogFrog DB is a wheel used for entering data very quickly (under 5 seconds). There is also a log of all the data entered over time, an interactive graph, and some export and settings screens. Features include blood sugar averages, A1c recording, daily meds reminders and glucose-check reminders, e-mail export in a variety of formats, and backup to a Google Spreadsheet.
Steve: I see that LogFrog DB provides the ability to filter graphical information. What is the purpose behind those filters?
Yelena: Users can filter graphs of blood sugars to view those taken at a certain time and in conjunction with certain events like meals or exercise. It’s even possible to be as focused as reviewing only blood sugars taken before dinner or after breakfast, for example. Once you have a lot of daily data, it can become difficult to see trends. By allowing users to filter, the app can give them insight into periods of greater and lesser control during the day. Armed with this type of information, a diabetic can discuss with their endocrinologist whether adjustments in their medication regimen are warranted.
Steve: How many times per day would a typical LogFrog DB user update their information?
Yelena: I open LogFrog 6-8 times a day but each time I make more than one entry (blood sugar, insulin, and meal, for example).
Steve: Do you recommend that LogFrog DB users share the data with their physicians? If so what’s the best way?
Yelena: Absolutely, and we’ve made this possible in various formats and styles. After the release of the app, we sought feedback from clinicians and added to our export options to suit their needs. For now we are focused on visual formats like e-mail, and PDF in the future; but we are looking into alternative ways to connect patients and doctors, and into electronic data formats that we hope will become more standardized in the future.
Steve: I notice that the official name of the product is LogFrog DB. Are there plans to release additional health related apps under the LogFrog brand?
Yelena: We feel the interface lends itself to many chronic conditions, and we will consider expanding to serve people with other health conditions in the future. For now, we remain focused on diabetes management.
Steve: I see that your company is a member startup with healthcare technology accelerator Rock Health. What benefits do you hope to gain from that relationship?
Yelena: We are extremely excited and honored to be part of Rock Health. We’re looking forward to the mentorship, education, and connections that come from being part of this amazing and uniquely specialized community.
Steve: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Yelena: We are seeking physicians interested in technological innovation to join our advisory board. Their input will be crucial to our effort to complete the circle of care with a system that allows endocrinologists to review and understand their diabetes patients’ data in a fast, meaningful way both during and between patient visits. If interested, please contact us at team(at)logfrogapp(dot)com.
LogFrog DB is available in the App Store for $2.99. The reviews for the product are universally glowing.
Thanks very much to Yelena and Elon for participating in App Store Friday. You can learn more about their product LogFrog DB at their website.
MacPractice, the leading Apple developer of practice management and clinical software for doctors’ offices on Macs, iPhones, and iPads, today announced the launch of MacPractice MD, DDS, DC, and 20/20 iPad Apps that streamline patient registration, leveraging the efficiency and ease of use of Apple’s latest innovation to save time and reduce the risk of data entry errors.
“In response to many requests from doctors’ offices to use the iPad for patient registration, we are announcing new iPad Kiosk Apps that work in conjunction with MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20 desktop practice management and clinical software,” said Mark Hollis, president of MacPractice.
The data entered by patients who complete and sign registration forms in the Kiosk App on the iPad is automatically incorporated into the patient’s account in MacPractice MD, DDS, DC, or 20/20 on the desktop. Insurance information can be reviewed by office staff. MacPractice Kiosk Apps not only streamline the registration process, save paper and staff time, but also help reduce the risk of data-entry errors due to illegible handwriting.
Patients may also complete and sign HIPAA consent and release forms which are associated with the patient in MacPractice Attachments on the desktop. [Read more…]
The Canadian Broadcasting Company is reporting that the Ottawa Hospital has recently ordered 1,800 Apple iPads that will be used to replace traditional paper medical charts. This order will bring the total number of iPads being used by health-care providers in the hospital to 2,300.
According to the article hospital staff are saying the shift to using iPads to store data electronically is putting the health facility at the forefront of North American hospitals, allowing doctors to examine X-rays, make notes and prescribe treatments while taking the X-rays along with them during patient consultations.
“If I was at the bedside with you, I’d be able to talk about your results,” said Dr. Glen Geiger, who now cuts down on time and massive amounts of paperwork.
The primary uses of the iPads within the hospital will be replace handwritten patient notes which are often difficult to read and difficult to read.