Mobile versions of electronic health records (EHR) systems help healthcare providers document and review patient information. We compare some leading options.
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On Nov. 19, eClinicalWorks signed a deal with the National Football League (NFL) that will deploy its EHR across the organization, allowing team doctors and athletic trainers to have access to player health records on the sidelines via tablets including iPads, Windows Surface tablets and smartphones, according to Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks.
Navani also believes that the iPad is not just for use outside the office. "We put the comprehensive electronic health record on the iPad and we expect it to be used." To date, eClinicalWorks' mobile app has been downloaded 1,500 times. "We expect the iPad to become a primary device even inside the clinic," said Navani, who added that he thinks that iPad Mini might become the device that nurses and physicians use inside and outside the practice because it fits inside the coat pocket.
Navani said that end users can do everything from completing order entry to looking at lab results and radiology studies on an iPad over a 3G network outside the office. "We offer both an iPad app and eClinicalMobile for smartphones. With an iPad, users want full functionality, but with a smartphone, it is difficult to do that," said Navani. He pointed out that there are some features, such as charge capture at the point of care, viewing messages, responding to refill requests and viewing schedules, that are perfect for clinicians using smartphones away from the office, but do not need the full capabilities of their office EHR.