DoctorBase.com has announced the release of the latest iteration of its cloud-based, mobile medical software, Panda 6. This latest release enters the market with integrations to 14 legacy patient portals and extensive enhancements to its HIPAA-compliant secure mobile messaging platform that achieved 12.5% patient usage in extensive beta trials.
“Since the release of Stage 2 Requirements for Meaningful Use, physicians have struggled to meet the 5% patient usage requirement set forth by the EHR Incentive Program, said DoctorBase Chief Medical Officer Zach Landman. “Our task was to cross that threshold, and our tool was the smartphone.”
Recent surveys have show that 90% of patients are open to using mobile health apps and 62% of doctors report using iPads and tablets. Panda 6 is built on a mobile friendly architecture that works on any Android or iOS device, making it the first truly mobile platform for patient engagement.
“The new Panda lets me connect with my patients the way I connect with friends on Facebook—all from an iPhone or iPad,” said Kimberly Cockerham, MD. “My staff and patients just started using it without any training.”
The platform is now pushing nearly 7,000 messages between patients and doctors per day.
For larger IPAs and ACOs, Panda 6 patient portal integrations provide a Mobile Wrapper that can help turn struggling patient usage statistics around without costly forklift upgrades. According to data recently released by the American Academy of Physicians, 20% of practices that attested to Stage 2 in 2011 failed to do so in 2012.
“It scares me when large medical organizations suddenly release their own desktop-only messaging platforms,” said DoctorBase Chief Executive Officer John Sung Kim. “Three years of data and user feedback went into Panda, and leveraging mobile devices is the only way to move past 5%.”