HealthITBuzz has posted a great Q&A with a local doctor practicing in rural Ellsworth, Wisconsin, affectionately known as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin. The article addresses the use of his Electronic Health Record, Meaningful Use and e-Prescribing.
One of the gems of the article is his story of refilling a prescription while he was eating at McDonalds.
Last summer, I was in Estonia at a McDonald’s. And I had a patient email me and say, “I’m out of my high blood pressure meds.” Because I now have a mobile app for my EHR, I was able to get into the patient’s medical record through my smart phone and look up the needed prescription. Then, I refilled it in the local pharmacy, over the Web. If I can access the Internet, whether it’s on my iPad, my laptop, or my smart phone, I can access a medical record.
You can’t be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But the information is, and that’s the important part. So if a patient calls my partner who’s covering that night, she can go on a computer or smart phone, and look up the patient’s medical record.
If you’re looking for nuts and bolts information about the benefits of using an EHR in a rural community this article is well worth reading.