MacPractice, Inc., the leading Apple developer of practice management and clinical software for medical, dental and chiropractic offices, announced plans for development of several applications for deployment on Apple’s newly announced iPad. MacPractice Interface for iPad is a new version MacPractice Interface for iPhone 2.0 redesigned to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. A physician, dentist, chiropractor or optometrist may connect via Wi-Fi or 3G to access their schedule and patient records in MacPractice. Patient photos, alerts, prescription history and appointment history are all available. The patient’s address is linked to Google Maps. Reminders on the iPad create MacPractice Reminders in the office for staff and providers to request an appointment, communicate instructions, or as a way to make a clinical note in MacPractice EMR. A doctor may monitor what is happening in the office from the hospital or golf course by viewing up-to-date daily management reports. [Read more…]
nstacare Corporation announced today that its proprietary brands of [email protected] and Practice Probe EMR and other e-health technologies have been successfully engineered to seamlessly function on popular smart cell phones. The adaptation of our desktop and hand-held interactive medical software to the Apple iPhone, the Palm Pre, the Verizon Windows phones and several RIM Blackberry models responds to February’s federal government demand for healthcare cost structure revision. Its release also positions Instacare at the forefront of companies scrambling to satisfy the government’s mandate for broad cost reduction and systemic restructuring of healthcare billing, information storage and record-keeping.
The February 2009 health industry cost saving initiatives proposed by President Obama directs the industry to rapidly transition from an inefficient and costly paper dependency to an instantaneous electronic mechanism for conducting communications within and throughout the industry. The electronic patient medical records technologies and other electronic medical cost saving technologies contained within the company’s [email protected] and Practice Probe technologies enable any healthcare provider to immediately satisfy the requirements of the government’s initiatives. Their adaptation to new “application rich” smart phones allows the physician to manage their medical practice efficiently and effectively, from the point of care, through a single, standard, smart/cell phone. [Read more…]
MedAptus(R), market leader for charge capture technologies, today announced the extension of its Professional Intelligent Charge Capture software suite – Practice Plus Edition, Inpatient Edition and Enterprise Edition – to BlackBerry(R) smartphone devices. MedAptus support for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry platform gives healthcare customers even greater choice and flexibility when selecting appropriate hardware for coding at the point-of-care.
Every day, thousands of savvy clinicians utilize MedAptus’ charge capture automation for the timely and accurate submission of professional charges. MedAptus customers include single-specialty groups, larger multi-specialty practices and academic medical centers. In any setting, the tool has been well-documented to drive rapid financial benefit and enthusiastic user adoption.
In addition to BlackBerry smartphones, the MedAptus system is currently available on Windows Mobile devices, web-enabled workstations and tablet computers; a version for the Apple(R) iPhone is in development for release in 2010. Regardless of hardware choice, routine customer benefits of MedAptus’ solution include revenue improvement, compliance gains and streamlined billing processes.
According to a recent report by Manhattan Research entitled “Physicians in 2012: The Outlook for On Demand, Mobile, and Social Digital Media,” physician smartphone utilization rates are currently at 61 percent, and will reach over 80 percent in just under three years. The report additionally estimates that over half of current physician smartphone users have BlackBerry devices for activities that range from patient monitoring to administrative tasks such as charge capture.
“MedAptus was founded on the belief that busy providers need appropriate tools to help enhance personal and operational efficiency. The evolution of hardware since our first system deployments has been radical – where we once encountered occasional resistance to the notion of a provider adopting mobile computing, nowadays the ‘device’ has become as commonplace as the stethoscope. Extending our suite to the BlackBerry platform was an easy decision given the significant proliferation of the brand across healthcare,” said James Scott, vice president of engineering at MedAptus.
Professional Intelligent Charge Capture for the BlackBerry is part of MedAptus’ ninth major release, currently being deployed at customer sites. This latest version also includes a number of enhancements designed to further simplify the end-user experience. These include an updated web interface aimed at more efficient charge entry and review and improved code shortcut functionality in the form of “service sets” that yield compliance and revenue integrity. There are also a number of changes capable of driving organizational benefits, such as CCOW for leveraging EMR investments and greater flexibility in the creation of custom rules for adherence to localized payer requirements.
With the goal of improving safety for patients and strengthening communication among healthcare providers, AirStrip Technologies, L.P. and CliniComp, Intl. have announced an agreement that will begin pairing both companies’ product offerings at hospitals nationwide.
AirStrip Technologies provides physicians with virtual real-time remote access to labor and delivery and intensive care unit data on a host of mobile devices, including the iPhone™, BlackBerry™ and other Windows® Mobile™ smart phones, offering the potential to increase patient safety regardless of the doctor’s location.
CliniComp provides world-class clinical documentation and electronic medical record (EMR) systems, giving physicians and nurses the most powerful and reliable tools of its type. The Essentris product suite delivers broad, deep clinical functionality for all acute care settings throughout the enterprise.
Using a cell phone connection on a mobile device, AirStrip OB and AirStrip CRITICAL CARE will work together with Essentris Perinatal and Essentris Critical Care to provide doctors with remote access to fetal heart tracings, maternal contraction patterns, patient monitoring data from the ICU, as well as physician and nursing documentation from those clinical areas.
The data is sent directly from the hospital labor and delivery or ICU unit. The AirStrip OB and CRITICAL CARE services are purchased by the hospital and provided to physicians.
“Time-sensitive waveform and patient monitoring data is inherently visual information, and physicians are at a distinct disadvantage when they cannot actually see the data – and can lead to delays in delivering proper care,” said Alan Portela, chief operating officer at CliniComp. “Together, AirStrip and CliniComp can improve communication while reducing risk by giving doctors the ability to view this critical information at will on a mobile device.”
Built on the latest mobility platforms, AirStrip OB is U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared and HIPAA compliant. AirStrip OB, which is now in use in nearly 100 hospitals across the U.S., incorporates robust security measures to ensure confidential patient data is fully protected.
“We hear regularly from doctors who credit AirStrip OB with helping them catch abnormalities on the maternal and fetal strips – information that can literally help save lives,” AirStrip co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cameron Powell said. “We look forward to having a substantive impact in the patient monitoring environment, and partnering with CliniComp offers both companies the opportunity to strengthen our services on behalf of patients and doctors nationwide.”
AirStrip Technologies recently unveiled its forthcoming AirStrip CRITICAL CARE application at Apple’s 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The WWDC demo can be viewed now at www.airstriptech.com. AirStrip CRITICAL CARE is now in the advanced stages of development and will be submitted for FDA clearance this year.
Why does it seem like so many physicians have embraced the iPhone, but only 15 percent of them are using some form of electronic health record EHR technology? That’s one of the questions that Dr. David Kibbe posed to the audience at Healthcare Unbound here in Seattle, Washington.
Kibbe suggested a number of reasons for why physicians are adopting smartphones like the iPhone while shirking EHRs, but the most striking reason was accompanied by a drawing of Apple’s basic UI: A screen with a button that said Push. On the following slide Kibbe showed what he called the typical EHR user interface design: A big mess of buttons and blinking boxes, including a blinking box that lights up when there’s an error. Design and ease of use are crucial barriers to any new technology’s adoption and Kibbe is wise to point out this simple but important point.
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A community medical center near Philadelphia, Doylestown Hospital relies on a mobile workforce of 360 independent physicians to provide a highly responsive healing environment for thousands of patients. Those physicians stay connected 24/7 to colleagues and hospital staff with their first responder: Apple iPhone 3G. With iPhone, doctors get access to patients’ vital stats, medical reference applications, and breaking health alerts to provide collaborative and efficient patient care.
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