Athenahealth rolled out mobile EHRs apps earlier this year for both the iPhone and iPad, according to chief technology officer Jeremy Delinsky. The apps focus on the ability to review tasks in an inbox, view a patient chart, renew or prescribe meds, and do critical business intelligence charting of medical data over time. Regarding the native app versus Web app argument, Delinsky said that ultimately people want to have an app that works; they don't care so much whether it's a native app or a mobile Web app.
"We decided to go the route of mobile Web," he said. "We release a new version every month that includes the mobile pages, and we wanted to control the release process rather than have a third party get in the middle of the process in which we release product enhancements."